Homecoming week culminates with crowning of queen

Heavily involved in student activities as Associated Student Body treasurer and National Honor Society co-president, senior Sophie Robinson had a lot of fun with Philomath High School’s homecoming week. During halftime of Friday night’s football game at Clemens Field, Robinson’s memories will now include the honor bestowed upon her by her classmates — homecoming queen.

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“It’s really cool to see all of the people support me and I’m excited that this group of people is here to do it with me because I love them all,” Robinson said moments after receiving the crown out of a group of princesses that also included senior Ella Weickum, junior Makayla Gilmore-Garcia, sophomore Ava Theurer and freshman Melea Lattin.

The naming of the queen culminated a full week of homecoming-related activities. Each day featured a theme with students dressing the part. On Wednesday night, the powder puff football game and bonfire was a highlight.

“That went really well,” ASB President Dylan Bell said. “That was one of the most organized events that we had. It went off smoothly.”

On Friday morning, students participated in the homecoming parade on Applegate Street. Then it was on to the Mess Assembly.

“Each day, there’s been a different dress-up day and fun activities,” Bell said. “At the Mess Assembly, that kind of hyped us up for the gate. Lots of fun stuff. It’s been nice to do these normal-ish activities to try to get back to a little bit of normal.”

Homecoming princesses
Homecoming princesses, from left, junior Makayla Gilmore-Garcia, sophomore Ava Theurer, senior Sophie Robinson, senior Ella Weickum and freshman Melea Lattin. (Photo by Logan Hannigan-Downs/Philomath News)

Robinson said she enjoyed the dress-up days.

“My favorite part is seeing everybody dressed up and actually, this is the most fun they’ve had all year — which is kind of sad — but it’s exciting to see them all,” she said. “It’s been fun organizing events in ASB like the parade and the Mess Assembly.”

Robinson didn’t get to help organize any of the activities involving princesses — which makes sense since she was one of them. “But the people that did,” she said, “like Kyla Berger, she did a lot of work. That’s been really a lot of fun to get to see.”

Homecoming parade
Cheerleaders keep school spirit hyped up during Friday morning’s homecoming parade. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

The selection of the homecoming queen was a democratic process that started with four big lists — one for each grade. Bell said each grade votes on whoever they want to represent them and the lists are narrowed down to five each.

“Once we get to those five people, we narrow it down to one for each grade and two for the seniors,” Bell said. “At the end, when we have that list of five people, we have the entire student body vote on whoever they want to be queen.”

Bell was happy to see Robinson get the crown. After all, they’re dating.

“All week we’ve had a lot of people super spirited,” he said. “I think definitely this has been my favorite part because Sophie got crowned, so that’s really cool.”


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Sophie Robinson
Sophie Robinson (Photo by Logan Hannigan-Downs/Philomath News)
Ella Weickum
Ella Weickum (Photo by Logan Hannigan-Downs/Philomath News)
Makayla Gilmore-Garcia
Makayla Gilmore-Garcia (Photo by Logan Hannigan-Downs/Philomath News)
Ava Theurer
Ava Theurer (Photo by Logan Hannigan-Downs/Philomath News)
Melea Lattin
Melea Lattin (Photo by Logan Hannigan-Downs/Philomath News)
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