Homecoming court makes changes for the better

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Homecoming king and queen, the basis of every high school movie ever created. This year’s homecoming was similar to a movie with a bonfire, parade and a dance. Northwest finally has a homecoming king too.

Senior Josh Hairston was crowned king and senior Claire Riffle was crowned queen on Friday, Oct. 5 at the homecoming football game. Both were surprised at the fact that they won.

“It made me feel validated that my classmates would choose me as their king, I felt like a representative of the class and that was what made me truly feel like royalty,” Hairston said.

Hairston and Riffle were nominated by close friends who continued to vote for them until the end. Hairston was told that his voters, including Marybeth Greene, Riffle and Kema Leonard, wanted to see diversity on Northwest’s ballot this year.

“One of my favorite memories of that night was (Josh and I) smiling at each other after winning, and laughing,” Riffle said.

Hairston wore a two piece Calvin Klein suit with blue window panes, a gold tie and matching cuff links from a close friend that were his good luck charm. Riffle wore a white lace gown from Windsor.

Hairston enjoyed the new and improved homecoming this year because it brought a sense of unity to the students.

“I loved the school spirit, the funny costumes, the seas of red, white and black in the hallways and all the memes,” Hairston said.

The competition was heightened this year because those who organized it gave candy to those who participated in the days. Classes with the most school spirit were noticed in morning announcements the following day.

As a varsity cheerleader, Riffle stayed on the sidelines wearing her crown and sash to continue to cheer on the vikings.

“I had about 15 minutes to take pictures, get changed and get out on the track,” Riffle said. “I still loved being able to cheer at the homecoming game.”

Hairston was also seen in a cheer uniform at the PowderPuff game on Wednesday, Oct. 10.

This year’s homecoming experience laid a foundation for future homecoming courts of Northwest that includes crowning a queen and king.

“I definitely like how Northwest crowns both a queen and king,” Hairston said. “I think it changes how people nominate and vote, it involves more of the student body because more names are in competition.”

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