HYNDMAN, Pa. — The Hyndman-Londonderry Alumni Association will host its 29th annual homecoming celebration  Oct. 1.

As a kickoff to the festivities, there will be a Meet the Hornets night Sept. 26 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the school gymnasium. The event will feature introductions of the HHCS Community Band, fall sports teams and cheerleaders, Hyndman’s Fall Foliage contestants and the homecoming queen contestants.

On Oct. 1, the parade will line up on Second Avenue at 10 a.m. and will begin at 10:30 a.m. Participants are to note the time change. 

The crowning of the homecoming queen will be held during half-time of the HOPE for Hyndman Hornets vs. Calvary Christian Academy soccer game, which begins at 2 p.m. The contestants are Taylor Dwire, Autumn Merkel, and Kara Smith.

The queen contestants are required to have earned at least a 3.0 GPA and are chosen on the basis of moral character, participation in school activities, reliability, being courteous and respectful and service to community. Dwire is the daughter of Joe and Kendra Dwire of Hyndman.

Her activities include Summer Softball League and the HHCS varsity softball team. She works as a student assistant at school, and also volunteers at the Hyndman Volunteer Fire Department and the Hyndman Area Rescue Squad. Dwire plans to enlist in the Navy.

Merkel is the daughter of David and Adele Merkel of Hyndman. Her activities at school include softball, basketball, flags, chorus, greenhouse and working as a student assistant. She attends the Bedford County Technical Center for Culinary Arts. Merkel is a member of Glad Tidings Assembly of God, where she is a summer missionary and is in the church chorus. She volunteers at the Hyndman Campground and worked at HHCS this past summer with the maintenance department. She enjoys working with children, baking, playing the piano, archery, photography and drawing. Merkel plans to attend the University of Valley Forge to become a music teacher.

Smith is the daughter of Brian and Janelle Smith of Buffalo Mills. Her activities include basketball, volleyball, softball, National Honor Society president, class of 2017 president, Student Council treasurer, church nursery helper and student assistant. She helped with local blood drives, graduated from Youth Leadership of Bedford County and was a Fall Foliage Queen contestant. She likes to play sports, draw, play guitar and spend time with friends and family.Smith plans to attend a college or trade school to obtain a career in the art field.

The Hyndman-Londonderry Alumni Association has selected two marshals for the annual Homecoming Parade, Tom Otis and Tom Vent.

Otis is the CEO at HOPE for Hyndman Charter School and is a retired superintendent of Chestnut Ridge School District. He has worked as an educator for many years as a principal, curriculum coordinator, university professor, special education director and field associate for university programs. Otis and his wife, Marilyn, have two children, both of whom are educators.

Vent  is the principal at HOPE for Hyndman Charter School and is a retired principal of Berlin-Brothersvalley School District. He has worked in public education for many years as an administrator, coordinator of After School programs, athletic director and coach.

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