Homecoming court crowned at Coon Rapids High School

Sprinting past classmates, tossing candy into the crowd and leading enthusiastic cheers, Lindsey Esch opened the Sept. 24 Coon Rapids High School Homecoming coronation ceremony with energetic Coon Rapids Cardinal pomp and circumstance.

After Esch and fellow emcee Jackson Bednar welcomed the capacity crowd to the ceremony, classmates Derek McKeever, Taylor Counts and Kenny Ly each entertained with music and song.

Next up, Homecoming Royalty promenaded on to the royal court and enjoyed the applause and whistling cheers of adoring classmates.

Meanwhile, Esch disappeared into a back room, changing into a formal ball gown and then re-emerging on the arm of classmate Dylan Sagan, the final pair of Homecoming Royalty candidates to take their seats at center court.

Hushed suspense filled the fieldhouse as Esch – still serving as emcee for the ceremony – moved from one Homecoming King candidate to another, holding the king’s crown above each young man before setting it atop Tanner Liubakka’s head.

And then, with the Homecoming Queen’s crown in his hands, Bednar wove between the queen candidates, dramatically pausing at each young lady before placing the crown on Esch’s head.

Homecoming King Tanner Liubakka and Queen Lindsey Esch greeted fellow Cardinals, who received them with a round of enthusiastic cheers and applause.

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Tanner Liubakka reacts with modest scepticism while members of the Coon Rapids Homecoming Royal Court celebrate his kingship during the Sept. 24 coronation ceremonies inside Cardinal fieldhouse. Photos by Sue Austreng Lindsey Esch wears an expression of shock and awe as she is crowned Coon Rapids Homecoming Queen during the Sept. 24 coronation ceremonies. Newly-crowned Coon Rapids Homecoming King and Queen Tanner Liubakka and Lindsey Esch greet fellow Cardinals assembled in the fieldhouse. The 2013 Coon Rapids High School Homecoming Royalty pose for a formal portrait. They are (left-right) freshmen Maria Manos and McCoy Merkle, sophomores Megan Thomas and Carter Schrippe, seniors Emily Owens and Dylan Sagan, seniors Samantha McNamer and Garrett Syke, Queen Lindsey Esch and King Tanner Liubakka (seniors), seniors Maddy Bickle and Trevor Tallakson, seniors Madison Niskala and Brandon Ritten and juniors Tara Peterson and Justin Reeves. Lindsey Esch greets the crowd, cheering fellow Cardinals and enticing great enthusiasm as she and fellow emcee Jackson Bednar open the Sept. 24 Coon Rapids High School Homecoming coronation ceremonies. Derek McKeever entertains the coronation crowd, performing “13.” Taylor Counts sings “Toxic” by Brittany Spears during the Sept. 24 Coon Rapids High School Homecoming coronation ceremony. Kenny Ly performs “Six” by All That Remains, entertaining the assembled coronation crowd before the crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen. Students rush the royal court, eager to bestow bouquets and trinkets on Homecoming King and Queen candidates before coronation is complete.
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The 2013 Coon Rapids High School Homecoming Royalty pose for a formal portrait. They are (left-right) freshmen Maria Manos and McCoy Merkle, sophomores Megan Thomas and Carter Schrippe, seniors Emily Owens and Dylan Sagan, seniors Samantha McNamer and Garrett Syke, Queen Lindsey Esch and King Tanner Liubakka (seniors), seniors Maddy Bickle and Trevor Tallakson, seniors Madison Niskala and Brandon Ritten and juniors Tara Peterson and Justin Reeves.