December 14, 2011 Edition

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Named royalty at the 2011 WRHS Winter Ball were (front, center): Cole Hicks and Holly Looney, king and queen; (from left) Darren Tribble and Tristan Simpson, first runners-up; Range Weeks and Elizabeth Fain, third runners-up (tie); Rowdy Ditto and Brooke Midgett, third runners-up (tie); and Hunter Flippo and Caroline Kelley, second runners-up.
Submitted Photo ~ Lori Highfield

WRHS hosts "'Tis the
Season" Winter Ball

Holly Looney (left) and Cole Hicks were named the 2011 queen and king of the Walnut Ridge High School Winter Ball.
Submitted Photo ~ Ashley George

Walnut Ridge High School's Student Council hosted its annual Winter Ball Saturday night in Van Ellis Cafetorium. "'Tis the Season" was the theme, which featured traditional red, gold and green Christmas decorations, including white miniature lights, Christmas trees, a large iron gate to enter the dance floor, lamp posts and a park bench.

The event began as couples entered the ball by walking through a receiving line consisting of the WRHS Student Council president, last year's king and queen, school administrators and school board members.

Blake Ross is the student council president, and his date was Shelby Slaughter. Last year's king and queen were Steven Jackson and Makenzie Britton.

The grand march began at 7 p.m., led by the 2010 king and queen. The 50 couples were announced by Ashley Burris and were spotlighted as they entered the stage and walked down to the dance floor.

The dance began with a traditional father and daughter dance, and followed with a mother and son dance.

At 9:30, members of the royalty were announced. After photos, the new king and queen had a solo dance. Royalty are as follows:

  • Queen and king - Holly Looney and Cole Hicks. Holly is the daughter of David and Karen Looney, and Cole is the son of Tori and Misti Hicks.

  • First runners-up - Tristan Simpson and Darren Tribble. Tristan is the daughter of Melissa Cole and Phil Simpson and the granddaughter of Bob and Mary Ann Cole, and Darren is the son of David Tribble and Adam and Jennifer Jean.

  • Second runners-up - Caroline Kelley and Hunter Flippo. Caroline is the daughter of Terry and Sloane Kelley, and Hunter is the son of Charles and Dana Flippo.

  • Third runners-up - (tie) Elizabeth Fain and Range Weeks and Rowdy Ditto and Brooke Midgett. Elizabeth is the daughter of Natosha Fain and the granddaughter of Jeanette and Curtis Fain, and Range is the son of Fred and Susan Weeks. Rowdy is the son of Leslie Daniels and Terry Ditto, while Brooke is the daughter of Cathy and John Gonzales of Walnut Ridge and Jeff and Rhonda Midgett of Knob.

Stacy Rice is Student Council advisor, and this year was her seventh and final year to oversee the Winter Ball. Raelyne Massey coordinated the refreshments, and music was provided by Sound X-Treme's Angee Jones.

Judges were Deanne (Mrs. Ted) Lancaster, Mindy Lancaster Stalbaum and Kristen Hueck, all of Jonesboro.

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