Homecoming King: Richard Hanson by Devan Fishburne
Between the leaves changing color and the temperatures dropping it is clear to see that fall is in full swing here in Prince George. That means students are able to enjoy all the activities there is to do and see before winter weather rolls in. The most notable of these activities is the annual homecoming football game.
Homecoming season is often highlighted by spirit week activities and homecoming dance preparations, but another important element of this part of the school year is the traditional nomination of homecoming court. The homecoming court consists of ten students, five boys and five girls, from each class. The students who get the most votes are elected homecoming prince or princess in the underclassmen’s case and homecoming king or queen for the seniors.
“Well, they have to be nominated and then the king and queen are only voted on by seniors. There are three rounds to narrow it down. We go down to ten and then five and then the top voters get king and queen,” SGA sponsor Marcia Edmundson said.
After all of the voting, one of the students still in the running for homecoming king was senior Richard Hanson. Hanson had not been nominated for court in previous years so being nominated in this, his senior year, was an exhilarating experience in itself.
“It was pretty cool because I have never been nominated before,” Hanson said.
Hanson arrived at the football field as usual on Friday evening, but could not have predicted how his night would transpire.
Hanson and the other nominees lined up and began to proceed down the track with arms linked to their
escorts. Hanson, escorted by his mother, was still feeling the initial excitement of a homecoming court nominee tied in with the increasing eagerness of a determined player to get back in the game. As the results were called a wave of enthusiasm fell over everyone in the stadium. No one felt this elation more
than Hanson himself as he was announced as the winner of the title of homecoming king.
“I was surprised honestly. I didn’t think I was going to win because I had good competition so I was happy,” Hanson said.
Hanson was able to enjoy a momentary celebration, but he had to adjust his mentality and his attentions quickly turned back to helping his team win the game.
“It was a very humbling experience. I just wanted to go back and win [the game]. It was great to have [the title of homecoming king], but I wanted to go out and win [the game],” Hanson said.
After the game, a 7-40 loss for the Royals, Hanson participated in all of the ceremonial activities that come with being homecoming king.
“[The most exciting part was] wearing the crown and the sash, that was pretty cool, and walking into the dance with my sash. It was good to know that people voted for me,” Hanson said.
Now that both the game and the dance have passed, Hanson can reflect on what being homecoming king means to him.
“It means a lot. I knew I was well known, but I didn’t know that I was that well known,” Hanson said.
Now Hanson’s only duty as king is to show what being a homecoming court nominee is all about.
“[We expect] lots of school spirit. Homecoming is all about school spirit,” Edmundson said.
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