By Amy Kent
Herald Staff Writer
FULTON, Ill. —
Cheers erupted Thursday at Fulton High School, as the stage curtains opened, revealing a large projection screen and the 2013 homecoming king, live from Honduras.
While his classmates enjoy the festivities surrounding homecoming week, Alex Barber has been spending his time in Honduras on a mission trip with his church.
His counterpart Kylie Green held herself with poise as she walked through the gymnasium, unaccompanied, to be crowned homecoming queen.
“It’s too bad that Alex couldn’t be here, but it’s for a great reason,” Green said. “He’s a great kid, doing great things. I can’t wait to see him on Friday and Saturday.”
Green and the rest of the student body in attendance Thursday were able to speak to Barber, thanks to student council advisor Jeff Hoese who arranged a Skype conversation for everyone to congratulate the newly crowned king.
“I told you there would be surprises,” Hoese said.
But, the Skype session wasn’t the only surprise Hoese had in store for Fulton High School during the homecoming pep rally.
While Student Council president Krista Temple prepared the next activity for the pep rally, Hoese hit the music and activated a faculty flash mob. Students broke into chants as their favorite teachers showed off their dance moves in the middle of the gymnasium floor.
As the evening continued, so did the surprises. Hoese announced a cheer-off with the Riverdale Ram’s cheerleading squad. But, as he introduced the team, it became apparent the challenge wouldn’t be too tough for the Steamers.
Dressed as Ram’s cheerleaders, five Steamer mothers ran onto the gymnasium floor to battle against their teenage daughters in a cheer-off.
“The whole point of this is to keep it lite and comedic,” Hoese said. “It’s all about having fun.”
The crowd quieted only once during the rally, as they averted their attention to the big screen during Barber’s speech to his fellow classmates.
“I want to thank everyone so much for voting for me,” said Barber to the crowd Thursday. “Kylie, I’m sorry that I can’t be their to walk with you, but I will be back on Saturday for the dance.”
The crowed roared with cheers as Barber waved goodbye and the coronation ceremony came to an end.
For Green, it was the best memory of her high school career.
“I really didn’t expect this,” Green said. “This class has been like family to me for the last four years and I am so flattered by this. It really means so much to me.”