Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Homecoming 'super hero' style in Grove

The 2015 GHS Homecoming court included (from left) Princess and Prince Carleigh Johnson and Luke Hammock and Queen and King Abby Johnson and Houston Hogan. Kaylea M. Hutson-Miller / Grove Sun
Kaylea M. Hutson-Miller • khutson@grovesun.com

It was a 'super' homecoming of sorts for Abby Johnson, as she was crowned the 2015 GHS Homecoming Queen under the bright lights of Ridgerunner Stadium.

The GHS senior laughed as her boyfriend Houston Hogan placed the crown on her head moments after he had been named homecoming king.

Friday's celebration was a classic moment of Americana, as the pair who have been dating for 15 months, represented the cheerleaders and football players, respectively, during the evening activities.

"I was really shocked and so happy," Johnson said, after the ceremony, as she hugged family and friends.

Abby Johnson shares a moment with her "king" Houston Hogan
following the 2015 Homecoming coronation, held
Friday, Oct. 2, at RIdgerunner Stadium.
- Kaylea M. Hutson-Miller / Grove Sun
For Johnson, who is also a member of the Grove Rotary Interact and serves as a spirit leader, the homecoming ceremony was a moment to remember before next spring's graduation ceremony.

She eventually hopes to attend the University of Oklahoma, and become a Physical Therapy Assistant, with an emphasis in sports medicine.

Johnson spent the first half of the game celebrating as the homecoming queen, before slipping back into her uniform to cheer on Hogan and the rest of the Ridgerunners after half time.

In addition to Johnson and Hogan, the 2015 Homecoming court included Carleigh Johnson and Luke Hammock, Homecoming Princess and Prince.

Johnson, a junior, represented the cross country team, while Hammock, a freshman, was the freshman class representative.

This is the first time in recent history a freshman has won the honors as prince.

Grove Alumni Cheerleader Rosalynn Yates cheers for the
Ridgerunners during the first quarter of the game.
 - Kaylea M. Hutson-Miller/ Grove Sun
Homecoming for Roz

For 2014 graduate Rosalynn Yates, the 2015 Homecoming game not only served as a chance to cheer as an alumni cheerleader, it also marked one of her first public appearances since being injured on July 4, in boat fire on Grand Lake.

Yates, 20, stood among her fellow cheerleaders, taking part in activities surrounding the first quarter of the game.

It was a big moment for Yates, who sustained third-degree deep tissue burns to her legs, primarily from her upper thighs to the pads of her feet during the accident which also eight others when the boat exploded shortly after refueling at the Terra Miranda Marina.

Yates, who has had three skin graphs over her right and left legs combined, was released from her doctor to drive in the last week. She does not have to return to her doctor's office, beyond visits involving her compression garments, for several months. Eventually, Yates hopes to return to work at Hibbetts Sports in Grove.

For now, Yates is attending school via the Internet thanks to a scholarship provided by Northeastern A&M College which paid for the tuition and books for two online classes. Her family was provided with a year of free internet service from PWI Internet in Grove, so she could continue to take classes around her medical appointments.

Eventually, Yates hopes to return to school full time to become a physical therapist specializing in burn care.

"I cherish life a lot more than I used to," Yates said. "All of this has been a huge eye opener to me."

Editor's note: This story originally appeared in the Tuesday, Oct. 6, issue of The Grove Sun.

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