Tuesday, October 8, 2013

A Gathering of Queens

Talk about Spartan spirit! Half of all Stratford High School homecoming queens stood together on Tully Stadium’s turf on Sept. 27 to relive their school days and to help mark Stratford High’s 40th anniversary with a public gathering and celebration.

In all, 19 homecoming queens stood on the stadium football field as new senior queen Katherine Kennedy was welcomed into their crowned field.

The high school gathering of royalty followed an online Facebook and yearbook search by teacher and Student Council advisor Mary Jackson and senior Katherine Kennedy, who was later named homecoming queen.

The teacher and student went through yearbooks and wrote down maiden names, then turned to Facebook to find former studentsand send homecoming game invites. They found all the former queens except for three graduates.

Dating from 1974 to 2012, the former queens came to the game from as far as Oklahoma. Most who did not attend now live out of state, or even overseas including Europe and Africa. One no-show was expecting a baby this month.

“It was so nice to see all the homecoming queens that came to the game. They all said that they loved seeing the changes made to Tully Stadium, and they loved seeing that so many Stratford traditions still stand,”

Mary Jackson said via email. “It was an honor to welcome them back home.” Stratford won its homecoming game triumphantly, 42-0, over Spring Woods High School.

Stratford High Homecoming queens in attendance Sept 27:

1974 Roxanne Sabosinski Sharrock (Stratford’s first Homecoming queen)
1980 Lisa Sims Thomas
1988 Liz Barrett Crosswell
1990 Jana Burns Bruce
1992 Clea Verven
1993 Alison Usher Rockwell
1997 Nikki Ogah Jousset
1999 Kelly Vanderploeg Aimone 2001 Jennifer Connatser Mullikan
2002 Katie Bartlett Osborn 2003 Rhonda Jackson
2004 Hayley Ball Hiller
2005 Jessica Dalton
2007 Thamer Favor
2009 Sarah Bowman
2010 Dina Bassari
2011 Mercedes Young
2012 Jamie Hewitt


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