Sep 25, 2012 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff WriterCoronation was Tuesday morning, with the chili feed and burning of the 'R' Thursday night, and the parade Friday afternoon.
Riverton High School student body president Kristen Wederski said Eddie Carr, this year's Homecoming king, is someone students can look up to.
"I'm proud he's our senior-year king," Wederski said Tuesday after coronation ceremonies at the school. "He definitely deserves it."
Carr is known throughout the school as a happy, easy going guy who "absolutely loves wrestling" according to his sister, senior Asia Carr, who said she almost cried when Eddie was crowned king Tuesday -- his birthday.
"I was so happy he could have that opportunity," Asia said. "I'm ecstatic and joyful he'll be able to have this as a happy life memory."
Eddie had just walked the catwalk with about 40 other classmates, including Asia, who were nominated to be members of this year's homecoming royalty. Raucous applause greeted each nominee, but when Eddie was named king, cheers filled the gymnasium.
"I've never heard this place erupt like it did -- including at basketball games," junior Tyler Campsey said. "It's really fantastic. ... I know it's a big deal for him."
Campsey and other special education students got extra attention from Eddie on Tuesday -- after posing for pictures with the Homecoming court, Eddie ran toward his classmates to shake their hands and celebrate with them. He said he was excited to have been crowned king.
"It's really good," Eddie said, flashing a "thumbs up" and a big smile.
Eddie's queen is senior Amy Woodward, with attendants Kristen Bailey, Savana Zwiefelhofer and Bree Olson. Eddie's attendants include TJ Galey, Arhen Wempen and Wyatt Meyer.
Asia Carr said her brother will look forward to riding with the court in this week's Homecoming parade, which begins at about 1:30 p.m. Friday.
The procession will start at the intersection of Main and East Seventh streets, then head west to North Eighth Street West. Students will take Eighth to Jackson Avenue, where they will turn toward Rendezvous Elementary School and end up at Tonkin Stadium.
Friday's football game against Buffalo at Wolverine Field will include royalty introductions at halftime as well as cheerleader, band and dance performances.
The semi-formal Homecoming dance is scheduled for Saturday. Students have been preparing for the fun throughout the week, beginning Monday when RHS clubs painted store fronts along Main Street.
On Tuesday, students will watch "The Hunger Games" at 7 p.m. on the school's west lawn. They'll dress up as circus performers Wednesday and side-show acts Thursday in accordance with this year's Homecoming theme.
On Thursday evening community members are invited to a pep rally at Wolverine Field. The event will begin with a chili feed at 6 p.m. and end with the traditional burning of the "R" at 8 p.m.
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