Homecoming king and queen crowned at Andover High School

Ben Nivala and Natalie Keyes were crowned as Andover High School’s 2013 Homecoming king and queen Monday evening.

The special ceremony that began 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium officially kicked off a week of Homecoming activities culminating with the Homecoming football game against Totino-Grace 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4.

Family and friends who attended the Homecoming coronation ceremony Monday night heard about each member of the royalty court.

For example, Nivala got his nickname “Nivi” when he was nine years old. His favorite teacher is Joseph Mau and he likes the television show “How I Met Your Mother.” Keyes is allergic to many of the foods she enjoys and her favorite teacher is Beth Holmgrimson.

The other seniors who were candidates for Homecoming king included Chris Larson, Austin Lorch, Derek McLaughlin and Erik Wagner. The seniors who were candidates for Homecoming queen were Taylor Hartje, Erica Katnis, Kayla Kaufenberg and Kate Roth.

In addition to the senior royalty court, there were representatives from the freshmen, sophomore and junior classes of Andover High School.

The ninth grade was represented by Vince Clark and Ally Anderson. The 10th-grade royalty was Bryan Lange and Kaitlyn Engstrom. The junior class was represented by Michael Osei and Jordan Boettcher.

Andover recognized some young royalty stars as well. Ellyn Kyving smiled brightly and waved to the audience as the junior royalty Homecoming princess posed for photos as junior royalty Homecoming prince Isaac Bonin held tightly to the king’s crown that he would soon hand to Nivala.

The coronation ceremony was more than crowning a new king and queen. It was a chance for these high school students to show their creativity at dancing.

Members of the Andover High School Choir opened the ceremony by singing the National Anthem before Tyler Falk and Michael Pfautz emceed the event. Musical performances included Erin Ritter and Peter Jones performing “Only You” and Joei Stubbs and Aidan Johnson singing “Two is Better Than One.”

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

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