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Winter Homecoming Royalty Crowned
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After a fast paced ceremony the newly crowned OHS Homecoming royalty members gathered in the small gym at OHS for photos with friends and family. Shown, from left: Prince Lex Bairos, Princess Abby Cogburn, Queen Jaden Chau and King Peyton Bradford. - photo by DENNIS D. CRUZ/THE LEADER

One of the busiest weeks of the school year came to close this past Friday night as Winter Homecoming 2019 ended in royal fashion. Just as an exciting Oakdale High School junior varsity boys basketball game concluded, the voice of Oakdale High School sports – Pete Simoncini – began the Homecoming festivities.

Simoncini first announced that the winner of the decorating competition was the Class of 2019, the seniors. Immediately following that announcement he introduced the royalty candidates. Candidates for the Prince were Lex Bairos, Ceasar Garza, Jackson Holt, Jake Kettering and John Wylie. Taking home the crown was Bairos. Outgoing Prince Jude Krick presented him with his crown.

For Princess, nominees were Alivia Antinetti, Abby Cogburn, Hollis Harned, Baylee Merrel and Hannah Beth Norman. With high anticipation built up, it was Cogburn who won the crown and was crowned by last year’s winner Jordyn Elting.

Last year’s King and Queen, Wyatt Waterworth and Chloe Liekhus crowned new royalty. Nominated for King were Caleb Bairos, Peyton Bradford, Teo Diaz, Max Moore and Evan Waite. In the end, it was Waterworth crowning the new King, Bradford, in front of the large crowd on hand.

Capping off the night was the crowning of a new Homecoming Queen. Nominated for the honor were Madi Blanc, Jaden Chau, Jade Edwards, Madelynn Goodman and Kyndall Green. The crowd roared when Simoncini announced that Chau was named the 2019 Winter Homecoming Queen and received her crown.

To top it off, the boys basketball teams won two out of the three contests played as part of the Homecoming festivities.

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Oakdale High School Leadership students Morgan Dietrich and Alivia Antinetti were in full spirit mode for theme day “Under the Canopy” during Homecoming week, Feb. 4 to Feb. 8, wrapping up with the crowning of new royalty on Friday night, Feb. 8.