Prior to the Oakdale varsity boys basketball game on Friday night, Feb. 2, Oakdale High School crowned its Winter Homecoming royalty. Starting off the festivities, emcee Pete Simoncini announced that the Senior Class of 2018 won the hall decorating competition.
Soon thereafter, the outgoing 2017 royals made their way to center court for the final time as Winter King, Prince, Princess and Queen. Prince Evan Waite escorted Princess Jaden Chau and King Corey Hinojosa and Queen Ruby Houchens made their way through the cheerleader’s tunnel and to center court for the crowning of the new royalty. The 20 total candidates, along with their escorts all gathered in anticipation, in hopes of becoming the new winter royalty.
There are four methods of criteria that go into the voting process. Those include an interview by students, faculty members and administrators; a points system set in place for dress up days; performance/participation in lunch time activities during the week and a vote by the student body.
Taking home the 2018 Winter Homecoming Prince crown was freshman Jude Krick. He was escorted by his mother, Alison Krick. Next it was a crowning of the princess where Chau crowned freshman Jordyn Elting the 2018 Winter Homecoming Princess. Elting was escorted by her father Brian Elting.
Just minutes before his basketball game, junior Wyatt Waterworth was crowned 2018 Winter Homecoming King. He was escorted by his sister Nicole Luna. The final crown of the night was awarded to junior Chloe Liekhus as she was named 2018 Winter Homecoming Queen. Liekhus was escorted by her grandfather Greg Liekhus.
Candidates for Prince were Dominic Antinetti, Brody Ferreira, Gage McPhee and Marcus Rowe III, in addition to Krick. The Princess hopefuls were Tayler Lamb, Charlotte Liekhus, Veronica Melendez-Alvarado and Kate Wessling, along with Elting.
Those nominated for Homecoming King, in addition to the winner Waterworth, were Hayden Knittel, Caleb Kuppens, Cameron Olsen and Nathan Womack. Homecoming Queen nominees, along with winner Liekhus, were Caitlin Hay, Lily Kendig, AnaLaura Navarro and Jodie Whitley.