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MHS celebrates homecoming

Marietta High School is celebrating homecoming this week with modified activities because of COVID-19 restrictions. Most activities were canceled; however, classes competed in rock painting and virtual spirit games. Tiger TV, a production of the MHS Original newspaper compiled a homecoming video that includes performances by the Wall of Sound, the MHS cheerleaders, and the Marietta Marquettes, interviews with members of the homecoming court and football players, and virtual spirit activities. Friday evening, at pregame before the Marietta-Weirton football game, the 2020 MHS Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned. The crowning of the king and queen will also be livestreamed on Facebook. Five senior boys and five senior girls have been nominated for this honor.

Abby Benton, 17, is the daughter of Bruce and Jackie Benton. Abby plays girls’ basketball and writes for the Original, the MHS newspaper. She is a member of National Honor Society. Next fall, Abby plans to attend college to pursue a major in environmental science.

Addison Herb, 17, is the daughter of Brandon and Amanda Herb. She serves as the secretary for the class of 2021 and is a member of National Honor Society and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She plays club volleyball and varsity golf. After she graduates, Addison plans to study biomedical engineering at University of Cincinnati.

Cecelia Minard, 18, is the daughter of Alex and Christy Minard. Cecelia is a four-year varsity member of cross country. She runs track and represents the senior class in MHS Student Council. She is a member of the political club and Model UN, and she serves as the secretary for the math club. Cecelia is a Teen Institute Leader and Safety Town counselor, and she is a member of National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. Cecelia plans to attend college next year to study biology or environmental science.

Haley Spanner, 17, is the daughter of James and Andrea Spanner. Haley serves as vice president of the Leo Club and is a member of the Marietta Marquettes. She participates in Big Brothers Big Sisters and has been a member of the cross country team for three years. She has been a staff writer for the Original, the MHS newspaper, for four years, and she volunteers at Washington Elementary School. Next fall, Haley plans to study education at Ohio University.

Makayla Welch, 18, is the daughter of Brian and Amy Welch. Makayla serves as the historian for the Tri-M Music Honor Society and is a member of All-State Choir, National Honor Society, and Vocal Point. She has played golf for three years and serves as the team captain. She also plays softball and is a member of HOBY. Next fall, Makayla plans to attend college to pursue a major in biology.

James Goddard, 18, is the son of George and Jennifer Goddard. James participates in cross country, track, and indoor track. He is a member of Vocal Point, Cantable, Tri-M Music Honor Society, and HPAC. He plans to attend college next year to major in history and political science.

Sam Gottfried is the son of James and Diane Gottfried. Sam serves as MHS Student Body President and producer of Tiger TV. He is president of Interact Club and a member of Leo Club. Sam is a four-year member of the varsity swim team and a three-year member of varsity cross country. He is a Boy Scout in the process of becoming an Eagle Scout. Next fall, Sam plans to attend college and, as he puts it, achieve world domination.

Mohamed Ismail, 16, is the son of Dr. Mona Imam and the late Ismail Ismail. Mohamed serves as president of the senior class and Editor in Chief of the Original, the MHS school newspaper. He participates in Model UN and served as vice president of the club last year. He hopes to serve as president of the club this year. He is also a member of the Leo Club and National Honor Society, and he plays tennis. Next fall, he hopes to attend college and study computer science.

Joshua Martin, 18, is the son of Jeffrey and Twila Martin. Joshua has played baseball at MHS for four years. He serves as a mentor to K-5 students and enjoys table tennis and bowling. Joshua is the president of the dodgeball club. Joshua plans to attend Ohio University next year to pursue a career as a high school history teacher.

Braden Talbott, 17, is the son of Kyle and Elizabeth Talbott. Braden plays baseball and football and considers himself an avid gamer and gym enthusiast. Next fall, Braden plans to finish the IT program at Washington State Community College.

The Junior Class Attendants are McKenzie Wright 17, daughter of Richard and Kara Wright, and Jack Weihl, 17, son of Mark and Sally Weihl. McKenzie volunteers at Marietta Memorial Hospital, Brava, and the Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption. She plays varsity and club volleyball. Jack plays MHS football.

The Sophomore Class Attendants are Kiera Starcher, 15, daughter of Jesse and Melinda Starcher, and Jacob Johnson, 15, son of Gary Johnson and Wendy Owens. Kiera volunteers at Putnam Elementary and Safety Town and is a member of Key Club. Jacob is a collector, who focuses on hot wheels and video game consoles.

The Freshman Class Attendants Sadie Gray, 15, daughter of Talmage and Natalie Gray, and Garret Miller, 15, son of Andrew and Kelly Miller. Sadie plays volleyball and softball and runs track. She has lettered in volleyball. Sadie also serves as a volunteer. Garret plays basketball and runs track. He is passionate about fitness and is a member of Saint John’s.

Thank you to Marietta High School Student Council for coordinating the homecoming events and to the Original staff for the special production of Tiger TV. Thank you to Marietta High School class advisors for their hard work and dedication to Marietta High School students and to Principal Chad Rinard and Assistant Principal Chris Laumann for working with Student Council to make a virtual homecoming possible.

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