Homecoming Coronation 2018

Owen Culbert

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On September 20, 2018, Austin High School crowned its new homecoming royalty. Continuing Austin’s homecoming traditions that span decades, one boy and one girl were chosen to be Austin High’s new high school royalty. The royalty in question were Emmanuel Younis and Sarah Bachmeier, two seniors respected by their class. According to Justice Guy, a student who attended the coronation, the tension in the air was palpable. “You could tell how excited everyone was. People were at the edge of their seats to see who would win the title of king and queen.” It is not easy to become royalty, however. To become a king or queen, one must compete for the crown with four other candidates. The homecoming candidates for King were Brock Lawhead, Wyatt Wallis, Connor Byram, Nate Murphy, and Emmanuel Younis. The candidates for queen were Eleanor Hinchcliffe, Signe Fadness, Jenna Braaten, Chloe
Guttormson, and Sarah Bachmeier. The candidates are chosen by student write-ins, and royalty is voted from the list of candidates.

Needless to say, it is only the most popular and put-together of students who become royalty. When asked her favorite part of the coronation commencement, Justice responded, “Definitely the Austinaires. I personally really don’t care about homecoming, so being able to enjoy the Austinaires perform was at least something.” Justice was then asked to predict who she thought would be next year’s royalty, to which she replied “I don’t know
about girls” High school homecomings have been tradition in the United States since the early 19th century. The first ever high school homecoming is disputed to have occurred at either Baylor High, Southwestern High, Missouri High, or Illinois High. However, people typically credit the first homecoming to Missouri, because it was the first homecoming with a parade and football game.

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