Eight senior girls represent Stratford on homecoming court

Queen will be crowned at Sept. 20 homecoming game


Eight senior girls make up Stratford’s homecoming court for 2019 — Abby Ellison, Lillie Sweet Strickland, Lucy Boswell, Anna Grace Grossnickle, Holly Hunt, Susan Hightower, Elizabeth Sellers and Jenny Belle Butler.

Jenny Belle said she is excited to be a part of the homecoming Court. She has been a student at Stratford since preschool. She has a younger sibling, Marshall Butler, who is also a representative for the ninth grade on the boys homecoming court. Jenny Belle participates in the sports cross country and tennis. She is also the vice president for the Key Club, and a secretary in the Pep Club. 

Anna Grace also is thrilled to be a homecoming representative.

“I was surprised I got nominated, honestly, but I’m definitely grateful to be on homecoming court,” she said.

She has been at Stratford since Pre-K. Her activities include cross country, cheer, swim, lacrosse and track. She has three older siblings, two brothers and a sister. Her brothers are Charlie and Sean, and her sister is Riley.

I was surprised I got nominated, honestly, but I’m definitely grateful to be on homecoming court.”

— Anna Grace Grossnickle

Holly came to Stratford in the ninth grade. Her older brother, Nathan, graduated from Stratford in 2018. Her sister, Emily, is a sophomore. Holly is  the president of Pep Club.

Abby has attended Stratford for 12 years. Her older sister, Libby, graduated from Stratford in 2016. Her younger sister, Haley, is in the 10th grade. Abby’s mother, Donna Ellison, is a seventh-grade math teacher. Abby is involved in many activities at the Academy. She participates in Student Leadership Board, lacrosse, French Club, Beta Club, Pep Club, Key Club, and Anti-Defamation League. She is also a peer mentor for Dr. Kayla Morales’ freshman homeroom.  She loves paper mache. She also enjoys watching Netflix and taking naps.

“I was very surprised to get have been voted onto homecoming court,” Abby said. “It’s really great to feel like my peers want me to represent my grade by being on the court. My mom was also very excited to hear. I’m really excited to be on the court with my best friends.”

Elizabeth is president of the Student Leadership Board, is a varsity cheerleader, plays basketball, runs track and is in her second year on The Gazebo. She has been at Stratford since pre-school.

Rounding out the homecoming court are junior representative Caroline Sutherland, sophomore representative Carly Blackwood and freshman representative Edie Sharpton.

At Wednesday’s Powder Puff game, Kieran MacKinnon was named homecoming king. Others on the court were seniors Will Baxley, William Deal, Andrew Delves, Grey Faulkner, Graham Hefner, Nate Jones and Tomi Sogade, junior Cole Devenney, sophomore Stephen Scarborough and freshmen Marshall Butler.