Freshmen Royalty

Breana Booher and Jonathan Hernandez

     The night was cold and windy, causing people to shake, not just from the excitement.

     As you would expect, all of the nominees were on edge, worried about if they would be accepted or rejected by the whole school.

     The game went on. Halftime came. The nominees were all brought out in some very beautiful and very expensive cars.

     They lined up behind one another starting from the Count and Countess (Freshmen) nominees then Dutch and Dutchess (Sophomore) nominees then Prince and Princess (Junior) nominees and lastly, the King and Queen (Senior) Nominees.

     They anxiously, nervously jumped up and down with a huge smile on their faces, waiting for the winners to be announced hoping they would come out victorious.

     Freshman year can be a very scary year for many people. For others, like Freshmen Asa Grisby and Natalie Yamada, its is the time to seize the moment and do everything they can to make their first year great, such as running for royalty.

     Running for royalty is not an easy thing, the whole school is judging you and being a freshman having to prove to the upperclassmen that you deserve their votes doesn’t calm any of those nerves.

     “Nervous is the perfect word to describe how I’m feeling about running there are a few other girls that have just as much potential of winning as I do.” says freshman Natalie Yamada.

     Even though running for royalty can be terrifying to most of the people who run, some candidates say they would still want to run for more years to come.

     “If I lose I would run next year because before my 4 years of high school end I would like to tell my future kids that I won royalty in high school.” said Yamada.

     It takes a lot of courage to get up in front of the whole school and their families. Some students would not be able to run because they don’t have the stomach for it and some just do it for the fun of it.

     “A lot of my friends recommended running because I have friends in different grades and team members I could count on voting [and] nominating me.” commented Yamada.

     Some people didn’t even expect to go as far as nominations. “So my girlfriend made me run as a joke, but I told my friends to vote for me and here I am now.” said Grisby.

     When you decide to run for royalty, some of your friends may be the people you are running against. “Through it all we were holding hands. I knew that whatever would happen nothing would affect our friendship or anything between us and we were all like happy for each other ” commented Yamada.

     Throughout the whole experience of running for royalty, you may have moments where you are positive that you are not going to win. “I haven’t gotten any feedback really I hear a lot of people are voting for someone different so it sounds like it’s going to be a neck and neck.” stated Yamada.

     If you do end up losing for royalty you should not completely give up hope for running again in the future. Of course it was most likely not the outcome you planned on but if you’re a Freshman running and you lose, there still more years to come and who knows you could win in the future. “Competition is competition and if I lose then there’s nothing else to do then move on.” says Grisby.

     The competition is all fair game in the end. “A few close friends have assured me that i have their vote but i’m sure everyone else running has supportive people like that too,” said Yamada which shows how no matter how many people promise their loyalty to your vote there is always at least one other person who has voters that are equally as loyal to them.

     Preparing for royalty usually means putting up eye catching posters that usually say “VOTE FOR (insert name here)” or “NOMINATE ME” all over the school and social media so all of the students are constantly seeing them.

     While some candidates put up posters or promote their candidacy, others are relying on word of mouth and their friends to help spread the word. “I haven’t been advertising my nomination at all actually, I’m not really the type to go out of my way to campaign. I put all of my hope into the people that vote for who they think deserves to win.” stated Yamada.  “I haven’t been doing much advertising at all” said Grisby.

     At the Homecoming game, the nominees standing in their designated places, tension and excitement filled the air.

     The crowd was roaring and screaming out the names of their friends who were running. As the sound of the men on the microphone began to fill the stadium, all of the yelling and screaming instantly turned to quiet as they began waiting impatiently to hear the winners. The silence came over the stadium like a wave.

     Two River City teachers, Mr. Mizner and Mr. Malec, volunteered to hosted the homecoming game and announced the winners of the Count and then Countess. Erik Rios was the first name called. Everyone cheered for him as the freshman was crowned and got a sash congratulating him on his win.

     Grisby was surprised that ended up losing the vote for Count, he said this, “I didn’t think it was competition but you know it’s whatever, next year.” Though Grisby lost he claims that he would still run for royalty again. “Yeah probably like, might as well give it another shot if I got nominated this year.” he says.

     Next up to be announced was the Countess, Natalie Yamada. As her name was called the crowd went insane due to happiness and excitement of their friend winning. Yamada was surprised she won and was very grateful, when we interviewed her after, she had this to say “I didn’t really expect it because everyone is kind of texting about it like the girls I was running against saying that it would be neck and neck, so I just kind of wish everyone the best but I was kind of hoping I would win.”

     “I’m just grateful that I got votes to win from my friends…” said Yamada. Moral support is a big thing when it comes to competition so having a lot of people who support you is a good benefit when running.

     When you’re in a high pressure situation like this, friends and family can be the only things that are keeping your hopes up. “I would definitely celebrate, my brother from LA is flying in to come to the game to see me cheer and hopefully win.” said Yamada, which shows how important this event is to not only the people running but also their families and friends.

     Having the people who mean the most to you there to cheer you on and keep you going through all the stress of running is a really valuable thing to have in a circumstance like this.”I’m going to go home and my family is probably going to have a cake or something so we’ll probably celebrate” said Yamada.

     In this competition you need a strong ground to run on, for example if you are not very out there and talkative it probably isn’t for you.

     Not to discourage anyone, the experience of doing the competition is a once in a lifetime experience regardless. If you are not a very outgoing person and want to start coming out of your shell, running for royalty could be a good way to start. There is always time for people to do something they have yet to do .

     Although the whole competition is a big deal for the school It should not be taken as seriously as some people think. At the end of the day the whole thing is just for fun, for the experience of doing it. If you win you win and if you lose you lose it’s no big deal at the end of the day.

     At the Homecoming dance, music was booming and everyone was dressed up in their elegant outfits with a smile on their face. The floor was flooded with students jumping to the beat of the music. Grisby was there with his girlfriend, having a fun filled first homecoming. Yamada was there with her date, she was wearing her crown and sash. The room was filled with excitement and everyone having a good time. A good first homecoming to start out a great year.

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