The Hillsboro High School homecoming queen and king will be announced just prior to kick off Friday when the Indians host the Washington Blue Lions in their 2015 South Central Ohio League football opener.
The queen candidates are Emily Burwinkel, Reaghan Haines and Bree Opst. The king candidates are Jacob Deatley, Ryan Hagan and Zach Middleton.
The freshman attendants are Makenzie Adams and Darin Ames, the sophomore attendants are Taryn Magulac and Matthew Ryan and the junior attendants are Holly Sink and Jaime Carmona-Sanchez, a foreign exchange student from Madrid, Spain.
There will be no parade through uptown Hillsboro this year prior to the game. But there will be pregame activities beginning at 6:50 p.m., according to Mel Pitzer, the student council adviser in charge of homecoming activities. The king and queen candidates and attendants will line up in vehicles at the Scott House parking lot, then will enter Richards Memorial Field from the lower gates, pass by the home bleachers and ride to the opposite side of the field. They will exit the vehicles and each of them will be announced as they walk across the football field toward the home stands.
There will be no floats this year because new fencing around the field will not accommodate the size of the floats.
However, Pitzer said each class, along with other school organizations, have been asked to decorate bed sheets that will be draped on the fence surrounding Richards Memorial Field to create a more spirited atmosphere.
The king and queen will be crowned after all the attendants are lined up on the football field.
The three king and queen a candidates are selected by a vote of their senior classmates. Each class member is asked to vote, from a list of all eligible candidates, for six queen and six king candidates. Then from those lists of six finalists they are asked to vote a second time for the top three. The three who receive the most votes are the king and queen candidates, and candidates that get the largest number of votes during the second poll are named queen and king. Those names are kept secret until the homecoming pregame ceremonies.
The members of each class vote for their respective attendants.
It’s been a busy week at the high school and middle school as students celebrated homecoming week. Monday was “Merica” Day when students wore red, white and blue. That was followed Tie-Dye Tuesday. Wednesday was Dynamic Duo Day when students could dress up like their favorite superhero and Thursday they could dress up like someone from the movie “Grease” or the country Greece. Friday is the traditional Red and White Day.
There were also powder puff football games for the girls and “beefcake” volleyball games for the boys on Wednesday and Thursday featuring the freshmen teams against sophomores teams and junior teams against senior teams. Classmates who weren’t playing were allowed to watch.
The football game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
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