The Dream Crown: Northwest crowns new Homecoming queen and king

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The Dream Crown: Northwest crowns new Homecoming queen and king

Homecoming King Kema Leonard and Queen Anna Blake pose with the junior court, Timothy Huynh-Duc and Lilly Doner.

Homecoming King Kema Leonard and Queen Anna Blake pose with the junior court, Timothy Huynh-Duc and Lilly Doner.

Kaylen Ayres

Homecoming King Kema Leonard and Queen Anna Blake pose with the junior court, Timothy Huynh-Duc and Lilly Doner.

Kaylen Ayres

Kaylen Ayres

Homecoming King Kema Leonard and Queen Anna Blake pose with the junior court, Timothy Huynh-Duc and Lilly Doner.

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Homecoming king and queen. The dream of most kids’ high school experience that happens in the movies with the big crowns, dresses and fancy suits.

That dream came true for two students at the Homecoming football game against Reagan High School on Oct. 4th

As half time approached, everyone began getting ready for the big announcement. Excitement filled the air; the court walked up and took their spots on risers. Drama teacher Abby Turner made the announcement: seniors Anna Blake and Kema Leonard were crowned Homecoming King and Queen of 2019-2020.

In previous years, only a queen was crowned, but Leonard marks the second homecoming king at Northwest.

Photo by Kaylen Ayres

“I actually thought someone else was going to win. That’s what I thought and that’s what my friends thought” said Leonard.” I then heard my name and I was like, ‘Wait that’s me, that’s not the other guy,’ and I was just so shocked, like wow, this is so surreal.”

Photo by Kaylen Ayres

Getting ready for the big event, members of the court first have to get an outfit. Blake wore a black simple dress for the big event, and Leonard wore a black suit and a tie that had some blue to match is escort.

 “I’ve always been into the classy look so I knew I wanted something simple, and that’s what I went with,” Blake said.

Both Blake and Leonard say they had a positive experience winning the crowns.

“For the longest time,  with student government and student leadership, I feel like I haven’t been getting the recognition I deserved,” Leonard said, “but I got a lot of people saying, ‘You deserve this,’ and I was like, ‘wow.’ It really made me feel loved and valued by my student body.”

I don’t necessarily like a lot of attention or having the spotlight on me but it has been a humbling experience!”

— Anna Blake

As Queen, Blake wants to give advice about giving trying new things.

 “Since this is my last year of high school and it’s the year of the lasts, I would recommend running (for Homecoming court) and giving it your best shot,” Blake said.

Seniors on the court:
Anna Blake, Thalia Carter, Brooke Johnson, Alexis Sirimongkhon, Brooks Atwell, Robbie Boulton, Garrett Kessel and Kema Leonard

Juniors on the court:
Love Brown and Vincent Cagno

Sophomores on the court:
Kayla Vernon and Spencer Mann

Freshmen on the court:
Annadele Tuggle and Trey Tuggle

 

 

 

 

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