Homecoming queen participating in AutoZone Liberty Bowl

WHEELING — Nicolette “Nikki” Nolte, reigning homecoming queen and senior at Wheeling Central Catholic High School, has been selected to represent her school and West Virginia at the Dec. 30 AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn.

Nolte will be one of the 50 homecoming queens from across the United States who will participate in the Liberty Bowl parade, pre-game show and halftime festivities as Iowa State University takes on the 19th-ranked University of Memphis.

The Liberty Bowl committee searches through a national registry of high school homecoming queens, who are chosen for their outstanding academics, school and community involvement and volunteer work.

Those selected will visit and tour the world-famous St. Jude’s Research Hospital and are asked to collect pull-tabs from cans to bring in and donate to the Ronald McDonald House in Memphis. Both facilities together provide health care and housing for children needing treatment for cancer and other life-threatening diseases and cover 100 percent of any and all family expenses.