The King and Queen will Rule
Last night, our homecoming King and Queen were announced in front of students, parents, friends, family and alumni. There were speeches by teachers and alumni, sports scores and updates. It was a big night. All of the Top 5 candidates were nervous, excited and honored. Joshua Dub said, “I’m a little nervous, but happy to be here.” Maureen Gleason said, “It’s very humbling. It’s such an honor.”
Yet humor was present, too…mostly from the guys. Martin Gleason said, “I’m busy and rushed. And hungry. I didn’t eat. I’m really hungry.” Benjamin Konold said, “I’m calm. Calm, cool and collected.” The girls on the other hand, were not so calm. Tess Heyer said, “I feel like crying right now. I’m really nervous.” Kyndal Cox agreed. “I’m really overwhelmed. And really nervous.”
All of the Top 5 candidates had things they wanted to remember. Nicole Sedivy said, “I want to remember all the amazing people I’ve met through this amazing opportunity.” Andrew Stelter said, “I’ll remember being able to represent Owatonna like this. It’s pretty cool.”
Kennedi Alstead said, “I did not expect this. It’s really cool. I’m honored my classmates thought of me for a candidate for Top 12 and then Top 5.” Noah DeKam agreed with her. “I’m so excited that my peers thought that my character was honorable enough to be a part of the Homecoming court. It’s a big honor.”
The rest of Top 12 was there to support, encourage and keep the Top 5 from being too nervous. Kalley Shwab said, “I am so excited to see who’s crowned. All of the people in the Top 5 are great and wonderful people.” Anna Redman agreed. “I’m really excited. The Top 5 is a great group of people.”
For many of the candidates of Top 12, just being a part of it changed their homecoming. Alexandria Schallau said, “It’s made my Homecoming a lot more exciting.” Kelly Fait said, “It’s given me a lot more to remember in a good way. I’ll always remember that my class respected me enough to vote me in. I’m so grateful for that.” Madison Eggermont said, “It’s made Homecoming more enjoyable. Being in the Top 12 has made me see Homecoming in a different light.”
It wasn’t just the girls whose homecoming were changed by the chance to be in Top 12. Jacob Woodrich said, “I’d always planned on having a good time and this has added to it.” Luke Wanous commented on the perks of being in the Top 12. “I get out even earlier on Friday. Yes!” Ian Langeberg agreed. “I get free tickets to the dance. But really, I’m honored to be a part of it. Homecoming is super awesome now.” And Andrew Beede said, “I want to remember the feeling of being honored by my classmates. How they respected me enough to vote for me.”
Top 12 Candidates have things they want to remember, too. Carter McCauley said, “I want to remember that friends and peers voted for me. I’m looked up to by my senior class. It makes me feel honored.” Kirsten Elstad said, “It’s really special to do things with my senior class. Things I wouldn’t do normally. I will remember that forever.” Bobbi Livengood said, “I will remember the entire experience. The most memorable part will be the dance at halftime probably.” Nicholas Beck said, “I want to remember how mind-blowingly awesome this experience was.”
Luke Owens gave some advice to future Top 12 and Top 5 candidates and those who are not going to be in either. “It doesn’t matter if you make the Top 12 or the Top 5. You just need to enjoy your senior year and have fun. It’s your last year of high school.”
Before the crowning of this year’s king and queen, the king and queen from 2011 gave speeches peppered with advice. Coach Jeff Williams also gave a speech full of advice and insight. Mr. Williams speech spoke to the type of kids that Owatonna has raised. Coach Williams said, “Kids haven’t changed over the year. The things that our teachers teach our kids to do is phenomenal. They are taught to be citizens that invest in the community and add to the world.” He said many times that he is proud of the staff and students at the Owatonna High School.
As tradition, the royalty from two years prior addressed the audience. The 2011 queen was Claire Konold. She opened her speech with, “Wow. It’s great to be back at the Owatonna High School.” She went on to give a quote from Greek philosopher, Plato, who said, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” Konold based her entire speech off of this quote. Her point was that although you think you are struggling, you are not alone. Everyone has a struggle. She finished by saying, “Be insightful and purposeful in everything you do or say. Be kind. It could change a life.”
The 2011 king was Quintin Smith’s speech was much shorter, but carried the same weight and impact. He gave three principles to abide by. Number one, don’t let fear run your life. Have fun. Number two, travel. The experiences and things that happen to you when you are abroad are priceless. Number three, try new things. Live with no regret. So get out there and do something new.
After the speeches fall sports captians Anna Moe, Nick Rethemeier, Syndey Kasper, and Ty Sullivan approached the stage to crown and announce the 2013 king and queen. After a suspensful few seconds, Andrew Stelter and Tess Heyer were crowned.
Afterward, Stelter said, “It feels awesome. It’s such an honor. It’s great.” The feeling was later expressed by the newly crowned queen. Heyer said, “I feel really great. I’m actually still in shock. I’m super honored.”
Congratulations to the 2013 Homecoming King and Queen as well as the rest of the homecoming court.