Homecoming this week at Verona High School

Wednesday, February 5, 2020
The Verona High School royal court for Homecoming gathered on Sweats Day to prepare for the coronation ceremonies on Friday. Pictured, front row from left, are: sophomore attendant Bentlee Sherwood; senior queen candidates Ashley Freiburger, Carolina Castillo and Marie Tarkington; junior attendant Kendra Nungaray and freshman attendant Xochiti Martinez. Back row: sophomore escort Steven Francisco; senior king candidates Riley Carey, Jere Ruiz Diaz and Dawson Payne; junior escort Sam Rees and freshman escort Isaac Alvarado. Murray Bishoff/times-news@monett-times.com

Festivities culminate in crownings, dance on Friday

Verona High School celebrates Homecoming this week with special activities and a basketball contest Friday against the Warriors of New Covenant Academy of Springfield.

Theme for Homecoming is "Masquerade." Spirit Week activities included "Don't Sweat It (Wear Sweats) on Monday, and black-out apparel for the girls game on Tuesday. Today, the Wildcats have declared "Crazy Pride" and plan to wear assorted school regalia. Thursday will be an upper class vs. under class, as juniors and seniors wear gold and freshmen and sophomores wear white.

Friday will offer presentation and crowning of royalty.

The queen candidates, all seniors, are Carolina Castillo, daughter of Nicolas Castillo and Bernardo Salas; Ashley Freiburger, daughter of Tim and Sandy Freiburger; and Marie Tarkington, daughter of Harold and Brandy Tarkington.

The senior king candidates are: Jere Ruiz Diaz, son of Fermin and Carolyn Ruiz Diaz; Riley Carey, son of Eddie and Kalee Carey; and Dawson Payne, son of Crystal Keeling and stepdad Joseph Heck.

Other members of the royal court are freshman Xochiti Martinez, escorted by Isaac Alvarado; sophomore attendant Bentlee Sherwood, escorted by Steven Francisco II; and junior attendant Kendra Nungaray, escorted by Sam Rees.

Each class selected girl candidates for the royal court. Two of the king candidates are basketball players and one is a baseball athlete. All of the boys were selected by the Student Council. The full student body will vote to select the queen and king.

On Friday the basketball junior varsity game will begin at 6 p.m. The homecoming ceremony will follow that game. After the varsity game, a Homecoming dance will be held, lasting until 11 p.m.

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