Truman Tribune

Homecoming Queen Crowned



Alexa Farnum poses shortly after being crowned Homecoming Queen during Monday night’s coronation ceremony. TRIBUNE PHOTOS

Alexa Farnum poses shortly after being crowned Homecoming Queen during Monday night’s coronation ceremony. TRIBUNE PHOTOS

. An all-female senior class means there is a new twist to the Homecoming tradition.

I t had been a running joke for nearly a year when it was first noticed: Truman’s Class of 2023 was composed of all females.

“Well, that’s going to make Homecoming interesting,” would be said with a laugh.

But the enrollment never changed and having 10 girls making up the entire senior class means there isn’t a traditional Homecoming King and Queen couple this year.

But on Monday evening, it was obvious the school and the senior ladies were having fun with it.

The six senior girls who were selected as homecoming queen candidates — along with the underclassmen attendants — spent an hour along with the coronation audience with a scavenger hunt, movie quotes to go along with the Hollywood film theme of the evening and a “most likely to” competition among the candidates.

While the competitions were all for entertainment value, it may not have seemed that way, as candidates (and their assisting attendants) were seen diving for hats, left shoes and other oddball items needed for the scavenger hunt portion. Fortunately, all was done with laughter and all items were returned to their rightful owners after the scavenger hunt portion of the evening was finished.

Homecoming queen candidates and underclassmen attendants are front, from left: candidates Kaiya Bonilla, Casidy Moon, second grade crown bearer Ava Villalon, queen Alexa Farnum, candidates Johnnie Zaharia, Gracie Zaharia and Laurel Holtz and (back) eighth-grade attendant Timothy Boots, seventh-grade attendant Landon Schneider, seventh-grade attendant Mariel Parish, ninthgrade attendant Samantha Urban, ninth-grade attendant Griffin Studer, 10th-grade attendant Addison Sill, 10th-grade attendant Tavin Janssen, 11th-grade attendant Qiana Dengler, 11th-grade attendant Carter Gieske and eighth-grade attendant Karina Sanchez.

Homecoming queen candidates and underclassmen attendants are front, from left: candidates Kaiya Bonilla, Casidy Moon, second grade crown bearer Ava Villalon, queen Alexa Farnum, candidates Johnnie Zaharia, Gracie Zaharia and Laurel Holtz and (back) eighth-grade attendant Timothy Boots, seventh-grade attendant Landon Schneider, seventh-grade attendant Mariel Parish, ninthgrade attendant Samantha Urban, ninth-grade attendant Griffin Studer, 10th-grade attendant Addison Sill, 10th-grade attendant Tavin Janssen, 11th-grade attendant Qiana Dengler, 11th-grade attendant Carter Gieske and eighth-grade attendant Karina Sanchez.

Even the queen candidates were good sports throughout the night. In the “Most Likely to …” categories, nearly all were in agreement on the answers, laughing when they realized they even chose themselves. (Such as Casidy Moon when chosen as “Most likely to sleep through her alarm.”)

However, the tough part of the night came down to learning who was the chosen queen. It was emphasized in the program that the order of elimination was not released, but done at random and only who won as queen was known. The ninth-grade attendants Samantha Urban and Griffin Studer almost seemed to take a little too much pleasure torturing the poor girls by teasing them when handing out the consolation trophies. The final two candidates left were Alexa Farnum and Johnnie Zaharia, with Farnum being crowned queen.

The other candidates included

Gracie Zaharia, Casidy Moon, Laurel Holtz and Kaiya Bonilla.

Junior attendants were Qiana Dengler and Carter Gieske; 10thgrade attendants were Tavin Janssen and Addison Sill; eighthgrade attendants were Karina Sanchez and Timothy Boots, seventh-grade attendants were Landon Schneider and Mariel Parish and second-grade attendants were Ava Villalon and Kael Krahmer.

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