Who will be King and Queen in Wonderland?
October 12, 2017
Princes of CO
The nominated list of boys for Homecoming had been competitive, featuring boys in the I.B. program, the arts department as well as highly talented athletes. However, the list of boys was decided by a school-wide vote, and winners were announced during the Alice In Wonderland-inspired Night Rally. The five boys who were selected as Homecoming Princes are Antonio Aguilar, varsity water polo and swim captain; Josh Blackard, ASB President; Matt Chavez, varsity football player; Talon Love, officer in Key Club and Track and Field star; and Julian Nuño, youth football coach, varsity football player and wrestler.
Antonio Aguilar’s initial feeling on hearing his name called to appear as a Prince on the Charter Oak Homecoming Court was surprise and happiness. Antonio plans to ask his girlfriend, who attends a nearby school, to the Homecoming Dance. Tony would like to thank Oak Squad and the water polo team because if he had not have been involved with passionate groups like them, he would not have been picked. Antonio is also taking advanced classes: IB Biology HL2, IB Physics and APCalculus. In his spare time, he likes to listen to music, dance and do parkour.
Josh Blackard was relieved to hear his name called as one of the Princes for Homecoming Court. And now that he has been picked for court, Josh’s old friend from Canada will be joining him, something they have planned since their time in middle school together. Josh has all of the Associated Student Body to thank for getting him onto Court: “I would not be where I am today without the amount of respect and spirit they have.” His extracurricular activities include ASB, swim, water-polo and CCV Shift ministry. In his spare time, he loves to create, especially through graphic designs.
Matt Chavez was shocked as he heard his name called for Homecoming Court. Without sharing too many details on his impending plans for a Homecoming proposal, he did say that he intends on asking someone soon. Matt would like to thank those who initially nominated him and his friends for helping him get onto Homecoming Court. A varsity football player, Matt likes to watch baseball, football and basketball in his spare time.
Talon Love was not necessarily surprised about his nomination, but he would not have been surprised if somebody else had been chosen to be on Court in his place because “all the nominees were fantastic.” Similar to Josh Blackard, Talon had felt relief. “I was terribly nervous since I was the last name they announced,” he said. Talon would like to thank everybody who voted for him. Talon is involved in Key Club and also track and field while balancing a heavy IB schedule. In his spare time, Talon enjoys spending time with his friends.
Initially, Julian had not expected to make it onto the nomination list -or make it onto Homecoming Court. After hearing his name called, Julian felt “happy and blessed my peers wanted me to be on Court.” In regards to Homecoming proposals, Julian plans on asking someone special with a “huge, heart fulfilling” proposal; he intends to make her homecoming special. All his thanks belong to Yasmine Bitar. In his spare time, Julian loves to lift weights, visit parks and spend time with his little brother.
The excitement of being on the royal homecoming court comes from years of seeing it portrayed on television and seeing friends and family in previous year’s courts. As the day gets closer, the excitement grows.
The first homecoming princess is Diana Borbon, senior class president, who was nominated by the junior class. “I was very excited and surprised when I found out I made homecoming court,” said Diana. Diana is also involved in varsity soccer, volleyball and swim, along with ASB. To get ready for homecoming, Diana will be shopping for both the homecoming dance and game. In her free time, Diana enjoys playing sports and hanging out with her friends. “I am extremely excited to be on court with my best friend Eva Ortega,” said Diana.
Bridgette Bloss, our next homecoming princess, was nominated by ASB. She is also involved in water polo and volunteers for an animal shelter. “I did not think that I would make court, but it was exciting to find out I made it,” said Bridgette. To prepare for the homecoming, she is going to get her hair, makeup and nails done. In her free time, she likes to swim, watch Friends and play with her dogs.
Audrey Canoy was nominated by Filipino Unity and UNICEF Club. “I was absolutely shocked, but I was very happy to find out won. I started jumping up and down and screaming, but I calmed down before going on the floor,” said Audrey. In addition to the clubs, Audrey is also involved in varsity tennis and her church choir, and she volunteers at the Foothill Presbyterian Hospital. “I actually was okay with not being on court, but since my sister was on homecoming court before, I feel it was important to be on it. I also really want to be on court because it would be an honor to represent the IB world of Charter Oak,” she said. On Audrey’s free time, she loves to read fiction, exercise at the gym, take her dogs on walks, watch movies, get boba and go to church.“Personally, I love eating,” she admits.
Eva Ortega was nominated by the junior class. “I am just thankful to be able to be apart of the homecoming court and have experience my last year; I know it will be very memorable,” said Eva. She is also taking psychology, ASB, and advanced dance. “To prepare for the game, I must find my two homecoming dresses (one for the dance, one for the game). Then on the day of dance, I will have to get my hair, makeup and nails done,” said Eva. “I can’t wait! I’m also very happy I get to be apart of it with my best friend Diana!”
Jennavy Roybal was nominated by the JV Cheer Team. “I was nervous to find out, but.. when I heard my name I was surprised and filled with excitement,” said Jennavy. Jennavy is involved in many cheer competitions, including Charter Oak and competition cheer. “This is honestly a dream come true; I’ve always wanted to be on homecoming court since freshman year,” said Jennavy. In her free time, she likes to hang out with friends and go shopping.