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Stories Added - February 2009
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Coronation Puts Heart in Annual Event
Houston County Courier -  February 2009

Ally White, escorted by classmate Cody Freeman, was crowned 2009 LoveFest Queen Thursday, Feb. 12 at Lovelady High School Gym during the 27th Annual LoveFest Coronation .
The 2008 LoveFest Queen MaKayla Grahn relinquished the title to the petite freshman princess after sophomore Masters of Ceremony Dustin Perry and Hope Estes made the surprise announcement.
In keeping with the sports theme of the evening, "Get Your Heart in the Game," the familiar 3/4 tempo waltz, "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," engaged the 2009 Royal Court.
After the ceremonial waltz, the new royal court was seated on the dais while Lovelady Elementary kindergarten through 4th graders entertained them and the gym-packed audience.
The school children were directed by gifted-talented teacher and music director Lisa Allen, attired in a black/white referee style blouse, and who coincidentally was the first LoveFest Queen crowned 27 years ago. The program began with the entire group performing the Olympic theme song, "Let the Games Begin."
Kindergarten students took center court with their Hawaiian shirts, shorts, grass hula skirts, leis and tropical regalia and surfed on their brightly colored surfboards to the music of "Hawaii 5-0."
First graders then wheeled onto the floor with black/white checkered flags and steering wheels to the familiar theme song "Speed Racer," followed by a 2nd grade Football Medley with pumped-up, jersey-wearing football players and pompom-waving cheerleaders.
Third graders wearing their Little League Baseball uniforms and wielding oversized bats slid into base as they pantomimed "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" in their Baseball Medley…"For it's one, two, three strikes you're out at the old ball game," and 4th graders did a basketball number with "Get Your Head in the Game," wearing oversized jerseys, as they dribbled, feinted, and passed the basketballs.
The evening's entertainment concluded with the inspirational words from  "We Go for the Gold," and the Royal Court began the recession led by Queen Ally dressed in queenly raiment: black bodice; black and red figures embellishing the white, frothy skirt. 
Last year's Queen MaKayla was dressed in crimson satin while Flower Girl Haleigh wore rose pink. Senior Princess Kaitlin Coward's outfit was navy blue and Junior Princess Danielle Childs was attired in a royal blue strapless gown.
Sophomore Princess Emily Allen's moss green, sparkly convection with fitted waist and crinoline skirt, 8th Grade Princess Taylor Smith's hot pink gown and Seventh Grade Princess Michaela Gardner's antebellum-style sea blue frock with corseted waist complimented each girl's figure and style.
Escorts, Senior Zachary Bankston, Junior Stephen Solomon, Sophomore Trent Sulewski, Freshman Cody Freeman, 8th Grade Dustin Rodriguez, 7th Grade Lucas Mauldin and Crownbearer Jacob Hales all looked debonair in their equally formal apparel.
Early entertainment was provided by Ally White singing "Not Too Late," and Mollie Thompson singing "Cowboy, Take Me Away."  Lovelady
Superintendent John W. Reynolds made a special presentation to the coach and 12 surviving 1952 State Basketball Semi-Finalists. A large sign depicting the only boys' basketball team at Lovelady High School ever to go to the state championship games will be displayed on the gym's wall.
The sophomore class sponsored the night's event and all proceeds will be credited to Project Graduation 2011.  Julia McIntyre, high school home economics teacher and class sponsor, organized and directed the essay and speech/interview contest as well as the coronation segment of the program.




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