Nantahala queen is frequent volunteer in community
Rarely does the Nantahala gymnasium open up its extra seating, but when there is a queen to be crowned, the turnout from the Hawks’ faithful requires it.
Sure, there were a set of basketball games played between Nantahala and Robbinsville on Friday night, to flesh out the evening. But the main attraction took place at halftime of the Hawks game, as six Nantahala hopefuls strolled out onto the court in beautiful dresses and smiled for the various family members hoping to snap photos that will last a lifetime.
After all six were introduced and accolades proclaimed, it was senior Makayla Howard who received the sash and crown from last year’s queen, Kayla Postell. She bested fellow Lady Hawks Savannah O’Dell, Jaicey Stapleton, Makayla Rowland, Hope Ward and Danielle Crabtree.
The daughter of Melonie Key and Trinnie Howard, Makayla was a volleyball player for the Lady Hawks, a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and volunteers her time to community service around Nantahala.
“I didn’t think that it would happen, but I got it!,” Makayla said. “I want to thank my mom, for always being there for me and helping me, plus my sister for throwing my hair together at the last minute and everyone that’s here for me. I appreciate them being here, holding up signs and cheering for me. I’m excited to come back and crown the queen next year. I’m really happy.”
Upon graduation, Makayla plans to attend Western Carolina University and major in either psychology or cosmetology.