Cassidy Andrews, Madisonville High School’s homecoming queen for 2013, recently was selected by the organization, America’s Homecoming Queens, to participate with other homecoming queens from the United States during the Liberty Bowl festivities in Memphis during her winter break. The senior at MHS told the Meteor during a phone interview last week, “The America’s Homecoming Queen group sent out packages to homecoming queens and I got one. I filled out the application and turned in back in.”
Much to her humbled surprise, Andrews was chosen as a participant to represent Texas. Sponsored by Autozone, the Liberty Bowl festivities included concerts, parade, pre-, during and post-game events, during which Andrews and the other queens from 39 of the 50 states were spotlighted.
She said, “There were about 100 girls there and I enjoyed talking to all of them, and making new friends. One of the best memories was going to St. Jude’s Hospital and visiting the children there.” According to Andrews, “We visited the children and heard some of their stories … it was very touching.” She had never been to a Bowl Game before, so this was her first experience, and she said it was “Great. I was so honored to be involved with it.” Andrews said, “being there opened my eyes to the what the patients have to deal with. They don’t have to pay a dime for their treatment.”
As per the former MHS volleyball and tennis star’s future after high school, she has to make a decision between attending Baylor University and Texas Christian University. She is still not sure yet, but she does know that her experience with America’s Homecoming Queens at the Autozone Liberty Bowl will be one that stands out as a “wonderful time that I won’t forget.”