Royal recognition

Boutwells Landing residents select their homecoming king, queen

Earl Coleman, left, wears the homecoming king’s crown as fellow candidates John McCallister and Bob Mullen and Stillwater Area High School student Paige Hietpas look on Tuesday afternoon in the Boutwells Landing Town Hall. Coleman and Loretto VanGrasstek were elected Boutwells’ homecoming king and queen as part of Stillwater Area High School homecoming week activities. (Gazette staff photo by Erik Sandin)

OAK PARK HEIGHTS — As Boutwells Landing resident Earl Coleman accepted congratulations on his selection as Stillwater Area High School senior homecoming king Tuesday afternoon, he made one thing clear.

You won’t see him at Friday’s homecoming football game against Roseville if the weather is bad.

“Not if it’s raining,” he said when asked if he would be at the game.

With rain and cooler temperatures forecast Friday night, it’s likely Coleman and senior homecoming queen Loretto VanGrasstek will not be at Pony Stadium. But Tuesday, the two basked in the glow of their coronations as part of Stillwater Area High School’s homecoming week festivities.

It is the first time SAHS and Boutwells Landing have cooperated as part of the school’s homecoming week. Joining student organizers and Boutwells’ residents in the facility’s Town Hall were Independent School Board 834 Board President Kathy Buchholz, Superintendent Corey Lunn and several other district staffers.

“We thought it would be a fun event,” said Linda Moncrief, SAHS student council advisor.

Moncrief said Boutwells residents submitted 120 nominations for senior homecoming king and queen, then selected three king and three queen finalists. Other homecoming king nominees were Bob Mullen and John McCallister; queen nominees were Jean Mullen and Sylvia McCallister.

VanGrasstek expressed excitement over being voted senior homecoming queen.
“I can’t remember the last time I was so excited, except for a few days before marrying this gentleman,” she said, pointing to her husband, Skye.
“I didn’t expect it,” Coleman said about his election. But he admitted feeling he would be nominated based on comments he heard last week.

“I had an inkling last Friday when I was scooping ice cream in the kitchen. They mentioned that I was a candidate,” he said.

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