LEETONIA - Nicole Halverstadt, the 2012 Leetonia High School Homecoming queen, has been selected to represent the state of Ohio at the AutoZone Liberty Bowl Football Classic in Memphis, Tenn.
Halverstadt is one of a small percentage of girls to receive the invitation. The Liberty Bowl Committee selects only the top homecoming queens from each state. The criteria used include academic achievements, community activities, and all-around status as an outstanding individual. She has been chosen through America's Homecoming Queens National Pageant Registry, and has been shown to be an "elite individual to participate in this year's AutoZone Liberty Bowl game and bowl week events."
As Halverstadt proceeds through the process, she is eligible for scholarships. Each state will elect a homecoming queen through the panel judges, and another is selected through the public on its website. Once the Class of 2013 of America's Homecoming Queens is uploaded, people can vote for Halverstadt at www.americashomecomingqueen.com.
The Liberty Bowl will be aired on ESPN at 1:30 EST on Monday. Halverstadt will be honored with the other selected homecoming queens from across the country during the pre-game and half-time extravaganzas. In addition to the game festivities, she will visit St. Jude Hospital, representing Leetonia. Halverstadt is the daughter of Karen and Terry McElroy of Leetonia.