Homecoming royalty crowned

Coronation kicks off festive week at SRRHS


Ask just about any high school senior what their favorite school tradition is and you likely will get the same answer – homecoming week.

It is a time to celebrate school spirit, dress in attire not normally suited for a school day, attend and participate in athletic events and bond with classmates. The week holds extra meaning for seniors, who in eight months will be donning caps and gowns and saying goodbye to friends.

Homecoming week became extra special for April Nelson and Kavan Gullette, who were crowned queen and king during the coronation Sept. 15 at Sauk Rapids-Rice High School in Sauk Rapids. The king and queen were revealed as members of each court shot off confetti poppers. The winning candidate’s popper was filled with confetti.

“At first, I thought, ‘This is cool,’” said Gullette, an offensive lineman for the Storm football team. “Then I was like, ‘Wait a minute, this is the only time I’m going to be supporting a monarchy, so let’s go.’”
Nelson, who is on the golf team and is a member of art club and DECA, said it was fun to simply be a part of the festivities.

“Being homecoming queen was the last thing I thought would happen to me this year,” Nelson said. “I was surprised just being in the finals for it. It is very cool to think about all of my classmates that voted for me to win, and I will always remember the experience.”

Other queen candidates included Olivia Bauer, Morgan Eggert, Saige Moliga and Julia Satre. King candidates were Jeff Solorz, Andrew Bemboom, Owen Berg and Ethan Anderson.

Dress-up days included jersey day, country club versus country and spirit day as classes competed for the coveted Spirit Stick. Most sports teams had home contests, which concluded with the Sept. 23 football game against Cambridge-Isanti.

“Homecoming is a great game for football and it’s a great week for all the sports teams to all unify,” said Gullette, who also is a member of the school’s culinary team and will attend the University of Wisconsin-Stout next fall. “We all try to pop out to the games and see each other play as much as possible. As communities, Sauk Rapids and Rice come together and it’s cool to see the alumni come to the games as well.”

Nelson plans on attending the University of Minnesota to major in data science. Her final homecoming, she said, will be a special time.

“Homecoming week to me as a senior is being able to celebrate one of the last times my class will all be together in a memorable way,” Nelson said. “We get to compete for the spirit stick, have a great time at the football game and dance together. The most fun thing about this week to me is that usually people are in a pretty good mood because it is homecoming week, so we all are just having a good time.”