Election signs for parish president, councilman and many other sought-after government positions have popped up as political barricades alongside most of the roadways in St. Charles Parish, but if you’re a student or teacher at Destrehan and Hahnville High Schools then you’ve noticed that there’s a whole other battle going on - the spirited sprint to the throne in the race to reign as homecoming king and queen.
Hahnville High’s school publicity associate and homecoming coordinator Paula Gonzales says the school has celebrated this year’s event with a cornucopia of activities all beginning with the selection of the court.
“The school’s seniors are the only students eligible for nomination into the group and they are chosen by other seniors,” Gonzales told the Herald-Guide.
According to HHS rules and regulations, 20 students - 10 males and 10 females - vie for the socially-prestigious title of homecoming king and queen.
“After the court is chosen, the varsity football team decides who to crown as the queen and the senior class chooses the king,” said Gonzales.
Homecoming exhibitions at HHS include a fun-filled pep rally, the presentation of the boys’ court complete with a parade consisting of handmade floats and Club Olympiad relay races - just to name a few.
But once you cross the Hale Boggs Bridge and enter Wildcat territory, it takes more than just having seniority over the school to be in the running for homecoming court.
Cori Southard, history teacher and homecoming coordinator for DHS, says that all seniors are eligible to become members of the court, but there are other credentials that must be met.
“All seniors who’ve had no discipline referrals, have maintained a 2.0 cumulative grade point average at the end of their junior year and who are in good standing as a member of at least one organization or sport can be a candidate for the homecoming court,” said Southard.
A total of 24 DHS students - 12 boys and 12 girls - make up the court at Destrehan and the week leading up to the big announcement brimmed with catered luncheons, personalized gifts from the student body and the administration, and a motorcade parade to introduce the court.
“Being a member of the homecoming court is an honor for our students who give so much to make DHS such a special place,” said Southard.
“And that means that the kids who are chosen should maintain the court’s integrity and not violate any of the school’s rules,” she continued.
Both high schools will present the winning kings and queens to their fellow classmates on Friday, Sept. 14 either before the varsity football game or during halftime.
For pictures and a complete listing of this year’s DHS and HHS homecoming courts, turn to pages 5B and 6B and check out the Herald-Guide photo spectacular that zeroes in on the who’s who of high school.
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