Homecoming celebrates with royalty, parade

Spring Lake Park High School crowned its 2013 Homecoming royalty Oct. 9.

Queen Katie Hoff smiles from the throne as King Daniel Kanani stands behind her. Photo courtesy of Vicki Burns
Queen Katie Hoff smiles from the throne as King Daniel Kanani stands behind her. Photo courtesy of Vicki Burns

Students, staff, parents and community members filed into the Fine Arts Center after powderpuff football concluded to see Daniel Kanani and Katie Hoff crowned king and queen.

Audience members roared with laughter as co-emcee Madisen Dempsey read Kanani’s bio, which detailed his life as a “hopeless romantic,” someone who loves long walks on the beach, chick flicks and “drinking green tea in the evening sun.”

Hoff is busy as student council president and as a member of the cross country team, National Honor Society and Panther Mentors. Advanced Placement chemistry is her favorite class.
Other candidates for king included Luke Remme, Pete Sienko, Austin Swenson and Grant Walter, while India Bembry, Austin Murphy, Hayley Myren and Viki Popova vied for the title alongside Hoff.

A prince and princess were crowned in each of the lower classes as well.

Josh Ojile and Natalie Borene became freshmen royalty; Sam Gregerson and Erin Guse won the honor of representing the sophomore class; and juniors Jake Ramierz and Kim Vu came away with the titles for the class of 2015.

Dempsey reminded all candidates that it is an honor merely to be nominated.

Other nominees included freshmen Peter Engstrom, Pilar Onstad, Hannah Schultz and Drew Swenson; sophomores Kayla Kraska, Jake Levahn, Mitch Raihle and Taylor Turnquist; and juniors Emily Borene, Ben Brewster, Bailey Israelson and Aaron Murphy.

During the coronation, the school’s foreign exchange students introduced themselves. The Breakdance Club and student band Lymphelium Lester provided entertainment.

Immediately following the ceremony, students were invited to attend a street dance outside.

Emcees Frank Alexander and Madisen Dempsey present the nominees for Spring Lake Park High School Homecoming royalty Oct. 9. Photos by Olivia Koester Emcee Frank Alexander singles out Josh Ojile as the 2013 freshmen Homecoming prince. Other nominees included Drew Swenson, left, and Peter Engstrom. From left to right, Pilar Onstad, Natalie Borene and Hannah Schultz were the nominees for freshmen princess. Borene came away with the crown at the coronation. Sophomore Sam Gregerson becomes Homecoming royalty as fellow nominees Jake Levahn, left, and Mitch Raihle look on. Gregerson crowns sophomore Erin Guse. Kayla Kraska, center, and Taylor Turnquist cheer for her. Nominees Ben Brewster, left, and Aaron Murphy exchange a glance when Jake Ramirez becomes the junior Homecoming prince. Kim Vu reacts when she first feels the weight of the tiara on her head. The junior princess is joined on the stage by nominees Emily Borene, left, and Bailey Israelson. Emcee Frank Alexander toys with the audience before crowning Daniel Kanani the 2013 Homecoming king. Also nominated were, from left to right, Pete Sienko, Luke Remme, Grant Walter and Austin Swenson. King Daniel Kanani is helped into his royal attire. Candidates for queen, from left to right, India Bembry, Katie Hoff, Austin Murphy, Hayley Myren and Viki Popova join hands in anticipation before Hoff is crowned. Queen Katie Hoff smiles from the throne as King Daniel Kanani stands behind her. Photo courtesy of Vicki Burns
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Emcee Frank Alexander toys with the audience before crowning Daniel Kanani the 2013 Homecoming king. Also nominated were, from left to right, Pete Sienko, Luke Remme, Grant Walter and Austin Swenson.

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