Eagle River homecoming a hit

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 06:55
  • Eagle River High principal Marty Lang, right, takes a selfie with homecoming queen Geena Graff, left, and Todd Burningham — father of homecoming king, Grant Burningham — during halftime of the Eagle River vs. Kenai Central homecoming football game on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 at Eagle River High. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • The Eagle River freshmen parade display their “Neon Golf” themed float during halftime of the Eagle River vs. Kenai Central homecoming football game on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 at Eagle River High. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • The Eagle River Air Force JROTC carries the flag onto the field before the start of the Eagle River vs. Kenai Central football game on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 at Eagle River High. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Eagle River senior homecoming prince Mason Wadsworth, left, and senior princess Harley Hittmer dance during the homecoming ceremony during halftime of the Eagle River vs. Kenai Central homecoming football game on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 at Eagle River High. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Eagle River senior homecoming princess Gabby Wulff is escorted by ERHS teacher Todd Burningham during a homecoming ceremony at halftime of the Eagle River vs. Kenai Central homecoming football game on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. Burningham is the father of homecoming king Grant Burningham, who played in the game and had to skip the halftime festivities. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Eagle River high homecoming queen Geena Graff, left, is escorted by senior homecoming prince Colby Carpenter during homecoming festivities at halftime of the Eagle River vs. Kenai Central football game on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 at Eagle River High. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • From left, the Eagle River Wolves mascot, Eagle River principal Marty Lang, and Eagle River homecoming queen Geena Graff during the homecoming ceremony at halftime of the Eagle River vs. Kenai Central football game on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 at Eagle River High. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Eagle River freshman princess Liberty Argudin, left, is escorted by freshman prince Mickey Bundu during halftime of the Eagle River vs. Kenai Central homecoming football game on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 at Eagle River High. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Eagle River sophomore princess Megan Miles, left, is escorted by prince Deven Wesolowski during halftime of the Eagle River vs. Kenai Central homecoming football game on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 at Eagle River High. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Eagle River junior princess Tia Gore, left, is escorted by junior prince Sterling Retzlaff during halftime of the Eagle River vs. Kenai Central homecoming football game on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 at Eagle River High. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)

Pomp, circumstance and a little surprise highlighted homecoming Saturday, Sept. 2 at Eagle River High.

The annual homecoming festivities included floats, a performance from the cheer squad, and a royalty ceremony fit for a queen featuring the AFJROTC Sabre Team of cadets Glori Atti, Collin Dyches, Noah Iriarte, Mateo Medina, Tyler Jennings and team commander Dylan West.

“It was super exciting,” said Geena Graf, who was named homecoming queen along with fellow senior Grant Burningham.

The selection of Graf (who is also the student body president) and Burningham (a standout two-sport athlete) wasn’t a huge surprise — they were junior royalty last year. The surprise part came in the form of Graf’s fellow monarch: Todd Burningham, Grant’s dad. A teacher at the school, the elder Burningham accepted the crown on his son’s behalf because Grant — a senior running back and linebacker for the Wolves varsity — was busy getting halftime instructions from head coach Bob Adkins.

Eagle River principal Marty Lang said the unorthodox ceremony was all in good fun, and not surprising at Eagle River, where he said more than a dozen staff members have children in the building.

“It was fun to have Todd out there as a representative of both our staff and as a parent,” Lang said after the ceremony.

This year’s homecoming royalty also included princesses Liberty Argudin (freshman), Megan Miles (sophomore), Tia Gore (junior), Gabby Wulff (senior) and Harley Wittmer (senior); and princes Mickey Bundu (freshman), Deven Wesolowski (sophomore), Sterling Retzlaff (junior), Colby Carpenter (senior) and Mason Wadsworth (senior).

The winning float went to the freshmen (for the first time in school history) for their “Neon Golf” float.

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