October 14, 2013By cynthia lara of South Houston High School
Earlier this month, the Homecoming Football game left students feeling uneasy with the tension stirring during half time for the King and Queen Coronation. What was decided almost a year ago to have a past King and Queen crown this year’s King and Queen was thrown aside by a major oversight by event organizers.
Last year’s homecoming King and Queen said they were told they’d have the honor of crowning this year’s winners, but lack of rehearsal, meetings and communication left these past victors confused and pushed aside. The final decision was made on the day of the event to have the current class President and Vice President crown this year’s King and Queen instead.
The former king and queen almost boycotted the event entirely, calling the ordeal “messed up” and “hurtful”.
“After I won last year, they asked me if I was planning to move away for college and when I said no, they got my number and told me to plan on coming back to crown the next queen,” said Yaressly Vigil, who was crowned SHHS’s 2012 Homecoming Queen a year before by the previous queen. “I was excited at the thought of returning to my alma mater for homecoming and even bought a new dress for the occasion. I never got the call, so I decided to visit campus the day before homecoming and found out that the student body president and vice president really wanted to do the crowning.”
A simple search on Wikipedia about homecoming states this under traditions: “Often, the previous year's Queen and King are invited back to crown their successors. If they are absent for whatever reason, someone else—usually, another previous Queen or King, a popular teacher, or other designated person—will perform those duties.”
Many televised beauty pageants also show former queens crowning the successors.
Vigil said she made her case to event coordinators and by the time she left campus on
Thursday she was told that she was going to do the crowning, but her excitement didn’t last too long.
“The following day, which was the day of the game, I was told that decision had been reversed and that just broke my heart. I didn’t want to go, but was still hoping that they would reconsider if they saw me there.”
Becky Regalado, the homecoming queen before Vigil, also showed up at the event and begged event coordinators to let Vigil do the crowning, but was told that the decision was already set in stone.
“At the end of the night they called me a whiney girl, which was very hurtful,” said Vigil. “The whole experience was just horrible. Crowning the new queen was the only way for me to give back to my school in some way and that opportunity was unfairly taken away from me. I felt blind-sighted by my own school. ”
The former Homecoming King and Vigil should have gotten an apology at the very least. The ordeal has left her family so upset her fatherwho was a contributor to the Senior Helping Senior campaign in the past has reportedly bowed out of helping this year.
The student body president and vice president deserve an apology also. They told the Torch Online that they felt upset about the entire situation because they were also told that they could do the crowning. It is unfair how organizers disregarded all students’ feelings pinning students against former students. This misunderstanding could have been avoided had there been better communication and preparation. Student’s should not suffer or made to look bad because of an oversight by event coordinators. They did a wonderful job with everything else and deserve high praises, but the important decision on who would do the crowning was somehow left unsettled until the very last minute.
Many students agree, SHHS should have made clear who gets to crown the homecoming queen and king. Hopefully this never happens again. Will the new king and queen be invited back to crown their successors? Be sure to vote on our latest poll as well. Let us know who you think who should do the crowning at next year’s homecoming coronation?