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Mt. Pleasant Area's homecoming court awaits a queen

Kelly Vernon | The Mt. Pleasant Journal
Mt. Pleasant Area Junior-Senior High School's 2013 Homecoming Court includes (from left) Brooke Shumar, Stefanie Harvan, Elaina Fearer, Taylor Bradley, Paige Herztog, Kaitlyn Shirey and Hayley Rimlinger. Photo taken Friday, Sept. 20, 2013

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Mt. Pleasant Area Junior-Senior High School recently announced its 2013 homecoming court, which includes Taylor Bradley, Elaina Fearer, Stefanie Harvan, Paige Hertzog, Kaitlyn Shirey, Brooke Shumar and Hayley Rimlinger.

The following are biographical summaries provided by each entrant:

Taylor Elizabeth Bradley ,daughter of William and Robin Bradley of Mt. Pleasant, is a member of National Honor Society, varsity tennis team and French National Honor Society.

She volunteers at St. Anne Nursing Home and helps with youth tennis camps in her spare time. She is employed by Meadow's Frozen Custard.

Bradley said she plans to attend Hillsdale College in Michigan, where she will continue to play tennis. In addition, she said she plans to attend medical school for dermatology with an eye toward one day owning her own cosmetics line.

Her fondest high school memories include going to WPIAL doubles tournament with her sister, April, and spending all of her high school years with her best friend and boyfriend Tyler McElfresh, she said.

Elaina Kathryn Fearer ,daughter of Rick and Corinne Fearer of Latrobe, is a member of the Mt. Pleasant Area Lady Vikings varsity basketball team, Spirit Club and student council.

She volunteers at basketball clinics for young girls, the Mt. Pleasant Township Lions Club booth at Westmoreland Fair and Read Across America in her spare time. She is employed by Long's Catering.

Fearer said she plans to attend college to pursue a degree as an orthopedic physician assistant.

Her fondest high school memory is attending Colleen Minerd's biology class as a freshman.

“I am blessed to say the friends I made back then are like family now,” Fearer said.

Stefanie Marie Harvan ,daughter of Scott and Maria Harvan of Greensburg, is captain of the Mt. Pleasant Area varsity cheerleading squad, a member of the school's National Honor Society chapter and a representative on student council.

She volunteers as the United Steelers midget cheerleading coach in the Mt. Pleasant Junior Football League and she is employed by Amenity Greenhouse.

Harvan said she plans to attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania to pursue a degree in respiratory therapy.

Her fondest memories are all of the amazing friendships she made along the journey through high school, she said.

“I'll always remember spending Friday nights cheering on the Vikings with girls that have become like sisters to me, and I will never forget the crazy bus rides to away games with them,” Harvan said.

Paige Marie Hertzog, daughter of Gregory and Lisa Hertzog of Mt. Pleasant, is a four-year member of the Mt. Pleasant Area Lady Vikings softball team and a three-year member of the school's tennis team, and she serves as president of the school's Astronomy Club.

She volunteers with Action for Animals Shelter and St. Vincent de Paul in her spare time.

Hertzog said she plans to attend Seton Hill University to pursue a career in computer science, and she said she will continue playing softball at the collegiate level.

Her fondest high school memory was helping the softball team win its first playoff game in history during her sophomore year, she said.

Hayley Rae Rimlinger , daughter of Douglas and Cindy Rimlinger of Mt. Pleasant, is a member of the French Club.

She is employed by K-Mart.

Rimlinger said she plans to attend the University of Pittsburgh to pursue a degree in children's psychology.

Her fondest memory is growing up with such wonderful kids throughout the years, she said. “I think it's safe to say they are all like family,” Rimlinger said.

Kaitlyn Ann Shirey , daughter of Thomas and Sandra Shirey of Acme, is a member of the Mt. Pleasant Area track and field team, the school's Quiz Team and the Westmoreland Interscholastic Reading Competition.

In her spare time, Shirey volunteers at the Kerri Welc Memorial Scholarship bingo, the Mt. Pleasant Township Lions Club, Kiwanas Club, the Mt. Pleasant Borough Volunteer Fire Department food booth and St. Boniface Vacation Bible School.

Shirey plans to attend college to pursue a degree in engineering.

Her fondest memory is a melting pot of idle moments, including times spent with friends, days in the library, cheering for teammates and quiz team gatherings.

“I am endlessly thankful to have such a fantastic group of kids to weather high school with,” Shirey said.

Brooke A. Shumar , daughter of Michael and Tamara Shumar of Mt. Pleasant, serves as secretary of the school's National Honor Society chapter, a student council officer and she is also a member of the Drama Club.

Shumar volunteers at Clelian Heights School for Exceptional Children, Special Olympics, Toys for Tots, Kiwanis, Relay for Life, West Overton and St. Pius Bible School.

She is employed by McDonald's restaurant.

Shumar plans to attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania to pursue a degree in speech pathology.

Her fondest memory is spending time with her grandparents, she said.

“Although they are not here today, I know the view is great from heaven. Thanks Gram and Pap Kostelnik, I owe it all to you,” Shumar said.

The girls will be escorted by their fathers during halftime activities of Friday's home game against Jeannette, at which time the school's 2013 homecoming queen will be crowned.

Kelly Vernon is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-547-5722 or

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