Homecoming Court Reinvented

The 2015 Homecoming Court featured: (back, left to right) senior Daniel Traylor, senior Aaron Wilford, sophomore Ty Minatoya, junior Noa Kerr, freshman Matthew Butay; (front) senior Asia Sheehab, senior Dominique Hart, sophomore Makenzie Cammack, junior Zoe Lilo, and freshman Blythe Yoshikane.

During the 2015 Spirit Week, the student council announced its homecoming court winners. However, unlike previous years, this year’s court was elected based on their contributions to school spirit.

Students were selected by their peers on the Monday of Spirit Week, and the top three girl and boy nominees from each grade were put on a digital ballot which was sent out to their classmates to determine the final pairs. At halftime of the boys varsity homecoming game, the court made an appearance. Respectively, the freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior attendants were: Matthew Butay and Blythe Yoshikane, Ty Minatoya and Makenzie Cammack, Noa Kerr and Zoe Lilo, and Daniel Traylor and Asia Sheehab. Seniors Aaron Wilford and Dominique Hart were named King and Queen.

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“Now [Homecoming Court] is about who’s the most spirited, which is what Spirit Week is about.”

Student Council president Jantzen Nakai

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Student Council president Jantzen Nakai elaborated on the criteria change, “Before it was a popularity contest or who was the cutest couple. Now it’s about who’s the most spirited, which is what Spirit Week is about.” The shift prompted mixed reviews, and a number of students weren’t aware of the switch. Junior Taylor Fukumoto said, “Change? I didn’t know it was any different than last year.” Junior Chambre Mangiarelli said, “I think it’s pretty cool. But I kind of felt that some of [the nominees] were in there [as a joke.] But I thought it was cool because it goes to the people who deserve it instead of cute couples that people try to pair up. It’s good, I think we should keep using it.”

Nakai said, “The change was very successful because the people who were chosen were very spirited and I think the classes chose well.” He added, “I think when the new council comes in next year it will be their decision [on whether to use the rules again]. But judging from the results from this year, they definitely should.”

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