Winter royalty unveiled at BHS
While counting ballots for this year's King and Queen of Courts nominations, officials realized there was a tie in two areas, at both the senior and junior levels. A decision was made to change the number of candidates for each position from the traditional three to four.
Those sixteen students were announced at last Friday's boys basketball game against Santa Fe Trail.
Up for king are three senior basketball players and a varsity Scholar's Bowl member. They are Evan Durnal, Luke Tutschulte, John D'Orvilliers and Bo Donora.
Durnal is the only candidate not participating in a winter sport, but he is involved in many other school activities, including Scholar's Bowl, Winners' Circle and band.
"I really wasn't expecting it at all. I was surprised, but happy and honored," said Durnal.
Luke Tutschulte is a starter for the varsity basketball team and in Letterman's Club.
Both D'Orvilliers and Donora are senior members of the varsity basketball team.
"I think it will be fun, but I'm looking forward to beating Prairie View more than the ceremony," said D'Orvilliers.
The candidates for queen were diverse. There is a cheerleader, DeAnna Darting; a pommer, Mary Martin; a basketball player, Suzie Weege; and a runner, Megan Noonan.
"I'm looking forward to the pep rally," said Martin.
"It's an honor to be nominated and to represent the senior girls," said Weege.
"I'm really surprised, my friends from out of town are shipping me a dress to borrow for the ceremony," said Noonan.
The junior prince nominees are Matt Noonan, Glen Stansberry, Eric Black and Adam Turk.
Noonan and Stansberry are both runners who currently are girls basketball managers to help keep in shape.
"It's an honor and I'm glad my friends were nominated, too," said Stansberry.
"It's a great thing to know that everybody doesn't hate you," said Noonan.
Both Black, basketball, and Turk, wrestling, participate in winter sports.
"I'm glad I don't have to dress up!" said Black.
"I don't believe it. I don't get along with many people. When people told me, I didn't believe them,' said Turk.
Nominated for junior princess are Colleen Kivett, Amanda Brandenberger, Casey Millstein and Jodie Bacon.
Kivett, Millstein and Bacon are varsity basketball starters.
"I think it'll be fun, but I hope I don't fall down," said Kivett.
"I'm honored and I think it's gonna be a lot of fun," commented Bacon.
A pep assembly will take place during seminar Friday. The winners will then be announced at halftime of the varsity boys basketball game against Prairie View.