Emily Presnell, a senior at Volunteer High, is shown on the field during the Liberty Bowl in Memphis this past New Year's Eve. Contributed photo.
MEMPHIS — Volunteer High School senior Emily Presnell was crowned Homecoming Queen this school year, after which she received a scholarship entry form for the “America’s Homecoming Queen” Scholarship Program in the mail.
Girls were chosen to represent their state depending on their accomplishments, including merit, extracurricular activities and community service.
Presnell was chosen to represent Tennessee at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis this past New Year’s Eve, and was the only student to represent Northeast Tennessee. Only five girls throughout Tennessee were selected to participate in the Liberty Bowl.
The girls were invited to participate in the pre-game and halftime activities when The Temptations performed.
The weekend began with a welcome meeting for all the girls, at which time their itineraries were handed out.
Everywhere they were to go, they had to wear their crown and sash for the state they were representing.
They visited St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and toured the children’s wards.
On Jan. 30, they were bused to downtown Memphis to historic Beale Street where they were part of the parade for the Liberty Bowl between Tulane University and Iowa State the next day.
On game day, the girls had to arrive early at the stadium for practice then attend a luncheon.
They paraded onto the field wearing white gowns during the pre-game and halftime shows, which had a “Red, White and Blue” Liberty theme.
Presnell will find out in March if she will receive a $3,000 scholarship related to this Homecoming Queen competition.
If chosen to represent Tennessee, Presnell will then have to compete in California for the $10,000 scholarship and title of America’s Homecoming Queen.
“Winning or not winning the scholarship, or being crowned America’s Homecoming Queen, will never take away the incredible experience of the complete event,” Presnell said.
“It was truly a chance of a lifetime,” she said.