Havelock student recognized at bowl game

Havelock High senior Lauren Hunter is used to being on a big stage. After all, she was crowned the school’s homecoming queen on Oct. 28.

But appearing in front of 61,000 people and appearing on television was something she never expected.

Hunter was North Carolina’s AutoZone Liberty Bowl queen Friday in Memphis, Tenn.

“I was very excited because I have never been on live television for that big of a deal,” said Hunter. “To represent North Carolina in a different state with a bunch of different girls was very fun.”

Hunter said that appearing on the field at halftime in the bowl game between Georgia and Texas Christian University was a proud moment for her parents and family.

“I think that was one of the highlights of my life for them. They were very excited and happy for me,” Hunter said. “I just made them very happy. They were just very proud of me. All of my family was very happy back home, too.”

Hunter and the other girls in the court appeared on the field while the band The Commodores performed at halftime of the football game.

“It was very fun to see everybody looking at you, and just working on the field with all those people, I was the first one to walk down and see everyone looking at me and the Commodores were up there singing as well, so that was just very cool,” said Hunter. “It was very on point.”

Her grandparents managed to snap a photo from the television while Hunter was on the field.

“My grandparents sent me a picture of it and they got to see my head when I turned around,” said Hunter. “I was just glad to represent Havelock and North Carolina in general. It was a great experience and I am just glad that I got to do that for Havelock”

Hunter has been accepted to several colleges but hopes to play volleyball for Greensboro College and major in athletic training.

“I love sports and working with athletes,” said Hunter. “Already being a captain for my volleyball team at the high school and just working with them and helping them out and how to get better is just something that I’m in to and I love working with sports.”

She is a standout track athlete, competing with the Havelock Heat and finishing 23rd among 40 young women in her age bracket in the javelin throw last summer.

Hunter is the daughter of Abby and Lederrick Hunter, of Cherry Point, a Marine Corps family.

“As parents, we are extremely happy for Lauren and so grateful for the opportunity for her to represent our family, our community and the state of North Carolina,” her mother Abby Hunter said. “This is a remarkable memory that will stay with her forever.”