Eagle River homecoming a hit
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.