Two Schuyler Central High School seniors have joined the wide pantheon of illustrious Homecoming kings and queens, thanks to support from their peers.
Nolan Healy and Kinzie Petersen were named 2019-20 Homecoming king and queen, respectively, Friday night following SCHS football's 49-7 loss to South Sioux City in their season finale and homecoming game. Healy and Petersen were selected by fellow students who chose between 10 students - five male and five female - previously selected to the Homecoming court. Both were honored to be mentioned on the court, and couldn’t believe their luck when they found out they were chosen.
“I was just really happy to be elected to the court,” Healy said. “Walking down the field, I was really tired after the football game. I was walking with Leslie Dearcos and I was just enjoying the moment. I wasn’t really expecting to win, but when I heard my name, it was just a lot of different emotions but all of them were happy. I don’t really know how to describe it.”
“We were really tired,” Petersen said. “I was just ready to go home but it was just really exciting. We weren’t expecting it obviously and it was just really fun to be there with all our friends.”
Petersen and Healy each shared in the many perks that come with being on the court, including attending pep rallies at Schuyler Elementary and Middle schools. They had the chance to meet students, make new friends and even attend recess for the first time in nearly a decade.
“All of us, the candidates, the dance team and the cheer team, we went down there and we spread out amongst the tables,” Healy said. “All the little kids from first grade to fifth grade, they all came in and had lunch and we sat with them, hung out with them, made a bunch of friends and then we got to go out and have recess for the first time in a few years, so that was a lot of fun.”
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The support of the community was readily clear during the week. Petersen was especially excited to see how many people had her back during the week and congratulated her on the accomplishment of being nominated to the homecoming court.
“It’s just cool to see how many people care about you and how many people would put you up for that honor,” Petersen said. “Just being congratulated by everyone around town too, older people and our classmates, it’s just really cool to see how many people look up to you.”
Both will move on after this year to bigger and better things. Healy plans on going into pre-medicine at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Petersen into pharmaceutical sales at UNL. Each of them is assured of leaving SCHS with a legacy and some parting words for future court members.
“The biggest thing to me is to just work hard in school, be nice to everyone around you and get involved,” Healy said. “Spend as much time as possible with your friends and family as you can because the times that you don’t do things, and you just decide to stay home, those are the times that you really regret. You wish you would have done something more. When you take the chance and get involved, it usually ends up paying off.”
“Getting involved and going to football games, volleyball games, doing the student section themes and making friends with everyone, no matter if you are interested in them,” Petersen added. “We can be friends with everyone, no matter if they’re in a clique or anything.”
Zach Roth is a reporter for the Schuyler Sun. Reach him via email at email@example.com.