“We are waiting on the Queen to see who it is, who the school votes on. Everyone loves each of these girls. We are just excited to wear our pretty dresses and have fun,” Mary Grace Pidgeon, Homecoming Nominee, says.
The homecoming court originated in the 1930s. The homecoming queen was chosen based on the float she was riding and how she presented herself. Later queens and kings were nominated based on their qualities as individuals.
“All of these ladies are nice. I know them all personally. They’re super cool. They’re super nice to everybody they meet. Every time you pass in the hallway, you know, you just pass and wave and say hey. All them have that characteristics. You can hold a conversation with any of them,” Pidgeon says.
Generally, the king and queen are seniors and underclassmen are nominated as prince and princess or even duke and duchess.
“The Homecoming court is nominated by each group at Central each group nominates one person and then the whole school will vote on those people, there’s about 20 of them and then 6 of them are on the court. We get to ride around in the parade, and we get to go to the game and then we’re announced Queen at the half time show,” Pidgeon says.
Homecoming king and queen traditions differ depending on what high school you attend. Some schools crown their king and queen at a dance or an assembly, and of course, there are those that don’t announce the court until halftime on Friday night, leaving the suspense at an all time high.
“We like to give the football players a chance, because normally they are a part of the court, so whenever we crown in the morning at the pep rally, we do it so that all of their family can kind of see them get crowned, and Grayson Chapa, he was crowned this year,” Pidgeon says.
This year’s Homecoming Queen was Senior, Nayely Blanco.