By Elizabeth Clavin
Starting this year, there will be some major changes to the homecoming court royalty regarding who can run. Undoubtedly, homecoming is one of the largest events in high school. Students look forward to this time of year due to the excitement revolving around homecoming. Fortunately, it just got a bit more exciting, as students are no longer limited to one king and queen, and pairs can now run together.
Evidently, this is a positive change moving forward, as our school is the first in the district to make this change. By running in pairs, students can now run with their sibling, best friend, girlfriend, boyfriend, etcetera. The Associated Student Body (ASB), Mrs. Ingrid Taylor, and Senior Charlene Miciano decided to research more into this concept and soon realized other schools nation-wide have already made this change to the annual homecoming event when the concept became a reachable goal. Mrs. Kristy Baron stated, “There is always a social norm that the winners of homecoming court are crowned 'king’ and' ‘queen’. We just thought, what better way is there to let kids feel like they have an opportunity to make a mark with a friend or someone that is close to them? Now, you can be king and queen, king and king, or queen and queen, which really makes it inclusive for all.” In order to make these changes, ASB first had to list the behavior, disciplinary, and the grade requirements on the contract to make clear that these requirements are met when a student is considering to run. Next, the contract was sent to Principal Tina Miller before anything was officially rolled out. After she gave her approval, she briefly explained it to the district so that they were aware of the change and make sure there were no complications with the idea. The new homecoming court changes have since been developed and put into action, creating a more inclusive environment for all.
If a student is considering running for homecoming royalty, there are still requirements in order to do so. Each student is required to run for their grade level, and the person that students choose to run with must be in the same grade level as well. Moreover, each students’ grade point average (GPA) must be at least 2.5 or higher, can not be on the no-go list, and can not have any truancies or multiple tardies. Fortunately, there is no limit on how many pairs can run. For Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors, voting is only open to that specific grade level. However, for Senior homecoming court, once the grade level casts their votes, voting will open back up for the whole school to pick from the top four pairs of candidates.
As Senior Taylor Silva stated, “Every year there has been more of a question as to why we put like labels on the couples like king and queen and such. As our society has been growing to be much more open and unlabeling, it has become a lot more important for us at Chaparral to integrate what has been happening with our world. Developing as a society instead of being set in our old ways and being more inclusive makes everyone feel capable of running.” This alone shows the sole purpose of this new change: inclusivity. If a pair of students is considering running, they can stop by the ASB room to pick up a homecoming court nominee form. Nominations are due September 25 at 3PM in the activities office, so make sure to meet the deadline.