Friends and couples are given the opportunity to compete against each other to be on homecoming court. Students who are nominated are looked up to, and the tradition is known to be a fun experience.
Student council was in charge of coordinating voting, and it took place on Wed, Sept. 11 through an anonymous link sent through email. Students voted for two people in their class who they think deserved the spots.
This year’s freshman candidates are Chloe Brooker and Antonio Fabela. For the sophomores, Olivia Taylor and Benjamin Elmore . The juniors representatives are Claire Hawes and Brian Rath, Sydney Cravens and Tristen Harper.
Seniors have the chance to win Homecoming king and queen if they are on court. The options are Abi Baldwin and Adam Folk, Julia Csernyik and Ethan Hearty, Emily Thomas and Williams Boggs, or Elora Nicholas and Matthew Duffy.
Some people did not receive the email, or did not even know voting was going on. Many students thought the process was unfair that it was not made more clear how to vote; however, voting was not re-opened.
Everyone on court attends Luncheon on Wed, Sept. 25 during seventh period to go over everything they need to know for the parade, game and dance. They also all practice the announcing at halftime of the Homecoming game during ninth period on Fri, Sept. 27.
In the parade on the same Friday, court sits on the back of cars and are presented to the city. During the game they sit on the sidelines under a tent. Later on, the courts are announced at halftime.
They walk down the center of the field with their parents, while the students’ future plans are announced over the speakers. Every senior is given a box; the girl with the red flowers is queen, and the guy with the red crown is king.
Baldwin is most excited for the Homecoming parade and football game. She is looking forward to making new memories and cannot wait to be part of this tradition.
“Adam and I both love Stow, and we are such a close couple. He’s practically my best friend, and we will represent Stow really well,” Baldwin said.
Taylor is thrilled to be on court and said, “It is a privilege to win, and I’m excited that we did. I hope we have a fun evening and treasure that special memory.”
Homecoming court can be a lot of pressure, since the couples are in front of the whole city and school. Court has many expectations to live up to and are idolized.
“I think it will be fun to go to all of the events, but slightly stressful because we will be in front of many people,” Rath said. He still hopes to have a fun time and add to his highschool experience.
As freshmen, Brooker and Fabela are looking forward to making new friends. Court is a great way to get out there and be known.
“I feel like this experience will be fun because of the connections we can make with others,” Brooker said.
The dance is held on Sat, Sept. 28 in the highschool gym. Tickets can be purchased during lunch periods from Mon, Sept. 23 to Fri, Sept. 27. Homecoming court will be called in, and a slow dance will be held between the king and queen.