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Royalty for a day: Homecoming crowns are a surprise for Mount Si students | Photo gallery
Prince and princess on Monday, David Butler and Sami Kieffer were king and queen by Friday, enjoying royal status for a single weekend.
The crowns came as a nice surprise for the pair, the 2013 Mount Si homecoming queen and king, who took the recognition at halftime last Friday, Oct. 25, with smiles, then went to the next night’s dance as a royal couple.
“I don’t think we expected it,” Keiffer said of the recognition.
Students at Mount Si all four years, they know their peers well. But like the rest of the Mount Si homecoming royalty, they never asked for this. There is no campaigning for homecoming king, certainly not for Riley Dirks, a senior prince, who considered his royal duties to include mainly picture-taking.
“It’s good to know people think I’m a good guy,” he said.
Dirks was spirited enough, with fellow senior royals Maile Young and Carly Goodspeed, to wear pajamas to school, in his case a full onesie.
Plenty of Mount Si students participated in spirit days, more than last year, said Dirks.
“I never expected this to be how my senior year would go,” said Young. “This was pretty out of the ordinary.”
“This is our big night,” said Goodspeed. “We’re kind of outliers, a little bit.”
Remember those years
At halftime of the homecoming game, royals drove onto the field in golf carts for a moment in the spotlight. Senior princess Angelina Belcito shared her ride with an 8-year-old boy, Walker McFadden, who was placeholding for his older, football-playing brother.
Walker had his feet up on the dash. He was not quite sure what to make of the older, gown-clad, crowned girl next to him, but “he’s warming up to me,” said Belcito.
King Butler is in charge of the homecoming activities this year. He was behind the ‘Great Gasby’ themed dance.
“I had seen the movie, we read the book as juniors,” he said. “It had the whole party vibe.”
Butler’s favorite teacher is Miss Roberts, and his top classes are math, physics and chemistry.
“My key thing is study, first,” said Butler. “Definitely into the academic side.”
Keiffer’s favorite class is anatomy, which leads into her ambition to be a nurse.
She is on the Mount Si tennis team, and is the Associated Student Body’s chairwoman of community relations.
King and queen shared their secrets of high school success.
“Work hard, but you’ve got to have fun, too,” said Butler. “It’s a balance of both things.”
“Remember those years, because those are the best,” adds Keiffer.
Mount Si 2013 Homecoming Court
Freshman Royalty: Rachel and Brock Olthouse
Sophomore Royalty: Annie Hiebert and Alden Huschle
Junior Royalty: Porter McFaddon and Angelina Belceto
Senior Royalty : Carly Goodspeed and Tanner Simpson
Sami Kieffer and David Butler
Kylie McLaughlin and Beau Shain
Maile Young and Riley Dirks
Kirstie Clark and Bailey Takacs
Seth Truscott/Staff Photos
Above, junior princess Angelina Belceto shares a ride with Walker McFaddon, 8-year-old brother to royal Porter, who sat in for his sibling in the ceremony.
Above, freshmen royals Rachel and Brock Olthouse get ready to hit the field.
Mount Si Homecoming king and queen David Butler and Sammi Kieffer are greeted by Mount Si parent Jim Shain at halftime.
Joann Richter, pictured, carries the flag. "Once you're out there, you just book it! You don't want to get hut by anybody," said fellow cheerleader Johanna Cranford.
Avery Dahline, foreground, chants with the Mount Si cheer squad.
The Mount Si choir sings the national anthem at homecoming.
Members of the Mount Si drumline keep up a powerful rumble. From left are Logan Madani, Bryce Harding, Zach Tidwell, Will Crandell, Carl Lindberg and Connor Drake. Cheerleaders perform at rear.
Mount Si bandmembers put on a movement-filled show at the half, above, and below.