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What does it mean to you that you were nominated for homecoming court?

Carolyn: Homecoming queen means that I get to keep the journalism royalty legacy alive, and that’s important for me. (Note: “legacy” refers to the fact that for the last three years the Homecoming king or queen has been from the Crossed-Sabres editorial staff. Go us.)

Filmon: It was touching to find out how many people support me and voted for me.

Did you plan to be nominated or campaign?

Carolyn: I had one friend that told me that she was going to vote for me just for fun, and I was going to vote for her too, but I did not campaign, and I didn’t know anyone that did campaign. Everyone that was put on the court was put there unexpectedly.

Filmon: I didn’t campaign. I just heard rumors that people were nominating me like my friends and other seniors.

Why not?

Carolyn: I had other things to focus on like college and school work.

Filmon: I didn’t because I wasn’t planning to be king.

How’d you hear you were nominated/how’d you feel?

Carolyn: I was called down by Ms. Cantor, and I didn’t know what it was for. At first I thought I was in trouble because I didn’t know what she wanted to see me about, but when I got in her room she told me I wasn’t in trouble and that I was nominated for queen.

Filmon: I felt excited for the chance to be king.

Why’d you decide to be on the court?

Carolyn: My dad was Homecoming king when he was in high school in Oregon, and my little sister was on her homecoming court freshmen year. I thought it’d be cool to “carry on” the family tradition.

Filmon: I thought it’d be fun to see how many people would vote for me.

So how do you think you’ll look back on it?

Carolyn: I’ll always remember being nominated as Homecoming queen in high school because I like senior year, and I want to remember as much of it as possible.

Filmon: I’m not sure I’ll remember it but it was a fun thing to do in the moment.

What are some adjectives you would use to describe how you felt the night of the nomination?

Carolyn: I felt surprised when I got the crown and proud to represent the senior class.

Filmon: I felt excited, happy and nervous.

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