Who will be queen of homecoming weekend?

By on October 10, 2012



Ephrata seniors hoping to be crowned Homecoming Queen Friday night are (left to right) Danielle Gehman, Virginia Njenga, Misha Rodriguez, Katie Zell, Hannah Reimel and Laura Kramer. (Photo by Jeremy Bischoff, Ephrata Area School District)

It’s a big homecoming weekend coming up at Ephrata High School and it all gets underway with the crowing of a new queen Friday night at halftime of the football game.

The following six EHS seniors have been nominated to the 2012 homecoming court, and one will be crowned at halftime of the Mountaineers game against Elizabethtown.

Here are the candidates:

Virginia Njenga is the daughter of Johnson and Mary Njenga. She is involved with indoor and outdoor track and has participated in the Powder Puff game. She is also a member of Leo Club, Aevidum and Youth Peace Council. Outside of school Virginia volunteers for Ephrata Community Hospital, enjoys photography, going on mission trips and participating in library activities. After graduation Virginia plans to go attend college for pediatric care and to spend some time traveling.

Danielle Gehman is the daughter of Michael and Kimberly Gehman. She was lettered in varsity soccer all four years in high school, serving as co-captain her senior year. Danielle has been a member of the National Honors Society junior and senior year, and she was the vice president of Spanish National Honor Society junior year while serving as president this year. Danielle has been a member of student council all four years of high school. Outside of school she loves spending time with family, hanging out with friends and spending time with her seven-month-old puppy Mylee. Danielle enjoys going to youth group at Swamp Christian Fellowship and playing year-round soccer with the Hurricanes and Penn Legacy. After graduation Danielle plans to major in a health-related subject at college.

Katie Zell is the daughter of Tom and Adrienne Zell. Katie has been a member of the varsity swimming team for four years. Outside school for the past four years she has been involved in club swimming, which takes place 11 months out of the year. Katie also volunteers with her team, serving food to inner city children or working up to 30 hours at a swim meet. After graduation Katie plans to attend a four-year college where she will continue her swimming career and major in education, psychology or economics.

Hannah Reimel is the daughter of Ted and Tina Reimel. Since ninth grade she has been a member of the varsity field hockey team, serving as a captain this year. She has also participated in basketball and is a member of the orchestra and choir. In addition, she enjoys helping serve the students and teachers at the high school as the president of the National Honor Society. Outside of school, she enjoys hanging out with friends and family, and she loves celebrating any holiday because all her family gets together to celebrate with Pennsylvania Dutch food and more. Hannah, a Blizzard expert, spends her time working at Dairy Queen. After high school, Hannah plans on attending a four-year college to study forensic psychology. Her hope is to change peoples’ lives for the better and make her own impression on the people around her.

Misha Rodriguez is the daughter of Bernadette and Vidal Rodriguez. Since third grade she has played violin in the orchestra, and the past two years she has been concertmaster. Additionally, she enjoys playing in chamber groups such as Allegretto, quartets and the Pitt for musicals. Misha played field hockey up until junior year and is now the team’s biggest fan. This year she is the co-vice president of Spanish National Honors Society. Outside of school she enjoys eating chocolate and foods from various cultures, going on hikes with her family, meeting all kinds of people and everything else a typical teenager does. Misha, a highly regarded sandwich artist, spends her talents working at Subway. After she graduates, she would like to major in Spanish and Chinese studies and also travel to as many different places and meet as many different people as she can. Misha’s main goal in life is to positively impact those around her.

Laura Kramer is the daughter of Julie and Bob Kramer. She is a captain of the tennis team and is also involved in National Honor Society, the Spanish National Honor Society and Aevidum. Apart from school, Laura attends youth group at Ephrata Bible Fellowship Church and has participated on mission trips to Mexico and Haiti, as well as completed hundreds of hours of community service, namely at Women’s and Babies hospital this summer. Ever since she was 10 years old, Laura has taken piano lessons. After graduation she plans on attending college to become a physician’s assistant, with the eventual hope of working in a children’s hospital. More HOMECOMING, page A7

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