Samantha Holloway, a 17-year-old senior at Cherokee High school and the daughter of Sam and Suzanne Holloway of Canton, was selected to participate in the halftime show of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl with the Temptations by the organization America’s Homecoming Queen.
“It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I’ll never forget,” Holloway said. “They really did treat us like royalty.”
Holloway was selected to perform based on her academic and community service accomplishments, which include having a 3.97 GPA, being the senior class president for Cherokee High’s student government, Beta club treasurer, basketball cheerleading captain, and amassing more than 200 community service hours with National Honor Society and Cherokee’s Alpha club.
During the halftime performance, participants formed an American flag on the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium floor.
“The homecoming queens were the whites of America’s flag,” Holloway said, “and we basically just danced with the Temptations.”
Holloway spent three days in Memphis for the trip. One of the highlights, Holloway said, was visiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
“We got to see the facilities and see some of the patients who were undergoing treatment there,” she said.
Every year, the Liberty Bowl donates money to St. Jude. This year, the Liberty Bowl raised $126,121.12 for St. Jude, according to its website, www.autozonelibertybowl.org.
“All the proceeds we paid to go on the trip went to St. Jude,” Holloway said.
Holloway wasn’t the only member of her family to participate in a bowl game’s halftime show. Her sister, sophomore Sydney Holloway, also played at the Sugar Bowl with the Cherokee High School Band.
Holloway said her parents were proud of both of them.
“It was pretty exciting,” she said. “My dad had a hard time deciding which one he wanted to go to.”
After high school, Holloway plans to attend Georgia Tech and major in business marketing.