Ponca City High School Announces 2021 Prom Royalty

Mike Seals - May 11, 2021 12:19 am

Ponca City High School

The 2021 Ponca City High School prom will be held Saturday, May 15th at Robson Field House. The Grand March will begin at 7:00 p.m. The theme of the 2021 Ponca City High School Prom is “Under the Stars”. The colors are blue and silver.

In the case of inclement weather, the school will announce any change of plans on Ponca City High School’s Facebook page by 5:00 p.m. Saturday evening. Speak Now Productions will be providing a live stream, and a link will be provided on the Ponca City High School website.

The 2021 candidates for Ponca City High School Prince and Princess are (alphabetical by last name) Carlie Badley, Steven Faulkner, Naomi Gertken, Gabe Klein, Evelyn Larson, and Payton Little.

Carlie Badley (above) is the daughter of Joe and Susan Badley. A member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Carlie is a four-year Student Council representative and a four-year member of the Po-Hi varsity basketball team. She has been on the Superintendent’s Honor Roll for all four years, she is a two-year member of National Honor Society, and she was selected for Girl’s State Honors. She is the senior class vice president and a Class of 2021 Salutatorian. After high school, Carlie plans to attend Northwestern Oklahoma State University where she will play basketball for the Rangers and work towards her degree in Biology.

Steven Faulkner (above) is the son of Steve and Tomi Faulkner. A basketball player for the Po-Hi Wildcats all four years, Stephen was named to the Carl Albert All-Tournament Team and lettered both academically and in varsity sports. He was also named a Ponca City Public Schools Wildcat of the Week. Steven plans to attend Oklahoma State University to study entrepreneurship and fashion design.

Naomi Gertken (above) is the daughter of Adam and Felicia Gertken. The secretary of National Honor Society and president of Students Standing Strong, Naomi is a top ten valedictorian of the Po-Hi 2021 class. She was nominated to attend Girls State and was recognized as an Oklahoma Academic Scholar. She is also the recipient of the OBEC Award, the Certificate of Distinction, and the Community Service Medallion. A captain of the Po-Hi Volleyball Team, Naomi played on the varsity team her sophomore through senior years and was named to the 2020 Big 8 Conference Volleyball Team. She lettered all four years of high school and is a recipient of the Blake Shepherd award. Naomi plans to attend the University of Central Oklahoma and obtain her Bachelor’s of Science degree in nursing. After college, Naomi plans to join Mercy Ships or another ministry and go into the mission field for a couple of years. Upon returning to the United States, Naomi plans on specializing in neonatal or pediatric nursing.

Gabe Klein (above) is the son of Tim and Jill Klein. A member of National Honor Society, Gabe is a top ten valedictorian of the 2021 Po-Hi class and is on the Superintendent’s Honor Roll. Gabe played football for Po-Hi all four years. He is an active member of the Pioneer Bible Church Youth Group and Students Standing Strong. After graduation, Gabe plans to attend Oklahoma State University and major in mechanical engineering.

Evelyn Larson (above) is the daughter of David and Paige Larson. A member of National Honor Society, Evelyn is a top ten valedictorian of the Po-Hi 2021 class. She was a four-year Student Council representative and vice president of DECA as well as a participant of the Po-Hi Chorale. Evelyn played tennis for Po-Hi and was involved in Evans Children’s Academy. She is a member of Pioneer Bible Church, St. Luke’s Youth group, and Students Standing Strong. In the fall, Evelyn will be attending Oklahoma State University, majoring in marketing analytics.

Payton Little (above) is the son of Paul and Tammie Little. Payton is the Student Council President and a member of National Honor Society. He participated in Youth Traffic Court and is a member of the Po-Hi varsity football and track teams. Payton also was a member of Students Standing Strong. After graduation, Payton plans to attend Oklahoma State University and pursue a degree in Multimedia Journalism.

Class officers walking in the Grand March include the following: The senior class president is Emma Burch. Emma is the daughter of Wes and Kellie Burch. Emma’s date is Brytton Badley. Brytton is the son of Casey and Heather Badley.

The senior class vice president is Carlie Badley. Carlie is the daughter of Joe and Susan Badley. Carlie’s date is Grant Dye. Grant is the son of Brian and Jennifer Dye.

The senior class secretary is Yessenia Aguilar. Yessenia is the daughter of Roberto and Isela Aguilar. Yessenia’s date is Brendan Ochoa of Tonkawa.

The junior class president is Hattie Steichen. Hattie is the daughter of Marty and Jamie Steichen. Hattie’s date is Kaleb Settle. Kaleb is the son of Shea and Trisha Settle.

The junior class vice president is Abby Williams. Abby is the daughter of Jeff and Brooke Williams. Abby’s date is Ethan Stobbe. Ethan is the son of Steve and Wendy Stobbe.

The junior class secretary is Margaret Blackstar. Margaret is the daughter of Ollie and Holly Blackstar. Margaret’s date is Jacob Liston. Jacob is the son of Brad and Katie Liston.

Student Council senior officers walking in the Grand March include the following: The Student Council President is Payton Little. Payton is the son of Paul and Tammie Little. Payton’s date is Kaylee Wimberley. Kaylee is the daughter of Chris and Dondi Wimberley.

The Student Council Vice President is Emma Valgora. Emma is the daughter of Jill Valgora. Emma’s date is Brenner McDougal. Brenner is the son of Brody and Amy McDougal.

The prince and princess royalty will promenade as the finale of the Grand March. In an attempt to get students through the promenade in a timely fashion, we ask guests not to cause the students to pause for long periods of time for photos. The coronation will take place immediately following the Grand March, so please be courteous and wait until it concludes before you leave your seat. Also, please remember to pick up your trash and place it in the receptacles provided.

Safety measures will continue to be utilized by Ponca City High School to provide students and spectators a safe environment to enjoy the evening. Masks are strongly recommended to be utilized in the common areas of Sullins Stadium. No spectators will be allowed on the field. Photos By Jes will be taking pictures during the Grand March and website ordering instructions will be provided to the student participants.

Student participants will enter through the football locker room for the Grand March check-in. They will then report to the visitor stands and be seated six feet apart until the Grand March begins.

Spectators with vouchers will enter through the east entrance of Sullins stadium and sit on the home side (south bleachers). All other spectators will enter through the west entrance, off of 5th Street, and sit on the home side. Spectators will be allowed to enter until occupancy of home stands are reached. Once occupancy is reached, no other spectators will be allowed to enter. In the case of inclement weather, the Grand March will be moved into Robson Field House. All patrons are required to wear face coverings. Only spectators who hold vouchers will be allowed in Robson until occupancy is reached.

Following the Grand March, students will enter through the north side doors of Robson Field House for the 2021 Prom, under the home side of Sullins Stadium. Prom will end at 10:00 p.m.


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