Crossett High School’s homecoming queen represented Arkansas at the Liberty Bowl Celebration of Queens in Memphis last month.
Toynisha Hampton is a senior at Crossett High School and was crowned the 2018-2019 homecoming queen in October. After winning the title, Hampton was invited to the Autozone Liberty Bowl to participate in the bowl’s annual Celebration of Queens event.
Each year a select group of homecoming queens from across the country are invited to Memphis for a half-time presentation and many other activities known as the Celebration of Queens.
According to its Website, over the AutoZone Liberty Bowl’s sixty year history, one of the Bowl’s trademarks is the Queen Ceremony when queens come to Memphis from all across America.
“I was so honored to represent our school, city and state as queen,” Hampton said.
While in Memphis during Bowl Week, Hampton said she was able to participate in many events and activities while representing the state of Arkansas and Crossett High School.
On the day before the game, Hampton attended the annual St. Jude Queens Luncheon, which was at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and participated in the annual parade on Beale Street.
Hampton said her favorite part of the experience was the luncheon at St. Jude, where the queens were given a chance to meet the children being treated at the hospital.
“If you know me, you know my love for kids,” Hampton said. “It’s not just children from the USA, but kids from all over the world who are in Tennessee to find hope,” Hampton said.
Hampton said she and the queens from other states and the children from St. Judes were all part of a special half-time show during the football game.
Hampton said that the experience was like no other and she hopes that if anyone else from Crossett is invited that they will accept the invitation.
“It was the experience of a lifetime,” Hampton said.