My nephew Matt was a candidate for Homecoming King in Ellsworth Monday night with two of his best friends at his side. As you can see in the picture below, it was Ellsworth basketball star Trevor Gruis who earned the crown and robe. That’s my nephew Matt in the middle, and Tyler Chapa at right. (2008 EHS Homecoming King Adam VanderStoep is tying Trevor’s robe.)
This proud auntie sat in the front row with a borrowed camera from the Daily Globe, capturing all of the festivities.
I was supposed to be working … I planned to cover a meeting in Heron Lake Monday night, but my family has to come first sometimes. The biggest reason I moved back to my hometown nearly six years ago was to be there for the nieces and nephews and the important moments in their lives. This was one important moment!
With the king and queen crowned at the same time, I wasn’t able to get a shot of Molly Kramer getting the crown placed atop her head, but I did get this picture of Trevor and Molly, along with crown carrier Timothy Kramer (Molly’s little brother), who apparently didn’t want to face the lights and the crowd.
Molly’s fellow queen candidates were Courtney Dreesen and Brooke Kix.
I don’t know the girls as well as I know the guys … I’ve been following Matt and his friends on the Ellsworth basketball team for several years.
The three boys decided to have a little fun with their tuxedos for homecoming. You can’t really tell in these photos, but they wore camo green hunting vests and ties underneath their tuxedo jackets. All three of the boys like to hunt and fish.
I also heard that they had talked about wearing hunting boots with their tuxes … instead of the standard rental shoes … but one of the boys didn’t have a pair of boots that fit. I guess they also decided that the girls probably wouldn’t appreciate the boots!
The coronation was just one small part of an enjoyable evening in Ellsworth Monday night. Each of the classes from seventh through 12th grade presented a skit to entertain the audience.
The seniors presented, "Will there be blood?" with Trevor Gruis dressed up in drag to win the homecoming queen crown. Of course, the rest of the girls were upset.
And then there was my nephew Matt (even I didn’t know he had such a sense of humor!) He portrayed a gay man wearing gold union suit-like attire … and burst off the stage because he didn’t win the king crown. I have pictures of both Trevor and Matt that can be used against them in a time of need … my blog just isn’t the place for them!
After coronation and lots of pictures, the crowd went out behind the school for an EHS tradition, lighting a giant "E" on fire. The frame was built by the sophomore class, filled with firecrackers and wrapped in newspaper. It’s customary for the king to light the fire.
As it burned, the student body broke out in the V-I-C-T-O-R-Y chant.
The EHS girls volleyball team plays the Fulda Raiders in its homecoming match Tuesday night in Ellsworth, while the Edgerton-Ellsworth football squad plays its homecoming game against the Nicollet Raiders Friday night in Ellsworth. It is the only football game scheduled in Ellsworth for the season.