ZEPHYR – As the Zephyr football team prepared for Friday’s homecoming game against Gustine, several other Zephyr students and alumni, including this year’s coming-home queen and king were preparing for halftime.

This year’s nominated coming-home queen was Nell Hicks, formerly Myra Nell Driskill. Hicks was voted Most Popular Girl her senior year in 1957.

“Gerald Morris submitted my name and Zephyr called me and asked me if I would be the coming-home queen and I told them I would,” Hicks said.

Hicks, who attended Zephyr all 12 years of her public school education, was also involved in a lot of other activities during high school years. Highly involved in sports, she was a center guard on the basketball team and played on the volleyball and baseball teams.

Not only was Hicks athletic, but she was involved in extracurricular activities as the senior secretary for the Student Council. She was in Future Homemakers of America, the Library Club, and was on the annual yearbook staff her senior year as well.

At this year’s homecoming game, Hicks was escorted by Richard Gist, the coming-home king. Gist, who is the Precinct 3 County Commissioner for Brown County, was named Zephyr High School’s Most Popular Boy in 1957.

“This was a surprise to me. I was just selected,” Gist said.

Gist who was also involved athletically at Zephyr High School, played basketball, volleyball and ran in track. He also was on the annual committee, in Future Farmers of America, the student council and participated in several plays.

During halftime, Hicks was presented with a mum, and both she and Gist were recognized before the crowning of this year’s Zephyr High School homecoming queen and king.