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SCHS crowning homecoming royalty Friday night

September 20, 2016 GMT

Schuyler Central High School will crown its homecoming royalty during a ceremony Friday night following the home football game against Mount Michael Benedictine.

Here’s a look at this year’s candidates for king and queen:

Layne Petersen

Layne Petersen, the son of Natalie and Cory Petersen, has participated in football, basketball, track and baseball. He attends St. John’s Lutheran Church, played fall baseball with the Nebraska Baseball Academy and was named SCHS Athlete of the Month in September and Schuyler Rotary Club Student of the Week. He plans to attend Iowa Western Community College before transferring to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to major in fisheries and wildlife management.

Favorite high school memory: When I was sitting in class and the bus just randomly caught on fire in the parking lot.

Lesly Velez

Lesly Velez, the daughter of Francisco and Araceli Velez, has participated in cheer, band, color guard, Science and Math Club and Spirit Club. She’s a member of St. Mary’s Parish. Velez plans to attend Northeast Community College before transferring to a university to become a pediatrician.

Favorite high school memory: Cheering at my last back-to-school pep rally in front of the whole school.

Diana Garcia

Diana Garcia, the daughter of Jose and Ada Garcia, has participated in choir, volleyball, cheerleading, soccer, one act and the school musical. She serves as a wrestling aide and is part of the Art Club, Culture Club, S Club and Science and Math Club and a student council representative. Garcia, who attends Divine Mercy Parish, has a part-time job at Tonya LeGrande & Associates, is involved in Life Teen Youth Ministry, has been a helper for CCD classes for three years and volunteered at summer Bible camps for the children of her parish. She is also a lector for her church and has been part of Christmas on the Hill plays for the last three years. Garcia has made the honor roll all four years and was named Student of the Month as a junior and nominated as an All-American at cheer camp. She plans on attending either Wayne State College or Peru State College to major in elementary education and wants to continue cheering.

Favorite high school memory: Garcia has many favorite high school memories but her most-memorable memory would have to be coming home from Norfolk and being welcomed and congratulated by her family, friends and amazing community for bringing home a state championship in one act.

Sidney Svehla

Sidney Svehla, the daughter of Kris and Tom Svehla, has participated in basketball, National Honor Society, serving as vice president, Science and Math Club, student council, band, serving as a drum major the past two years, the school musical, one act and cheerleading, serving as head captain for two years. She is also active in dance, attending Studio A Dance Academy. Svehla, who attends Divine Mercy Parish, was named National Honor Society Student of the Year as a freshman, Rotary Student of the Month as a freshman and senior, Sertoma Student of the Month as a senior, Girls State representative as a junior, TEAMS first-place winner at Wayne State College and prom server as a sophomore. She has made the straight-A honor roll for all four years, received the Pinnacle Bank High School Leadership Award in 2016 and was named academic all-conference. Svehla is enrolled in the occupational therapy master’s program at College of Saint Mary in Omaha.

Favorite high school memory: Svehla’s favorite memory was winning the one act district contest last year, then realizing they would be competing at the state level. After winning at the state competition, having family, friends and community members cheer as their bus entered Schuyler was absolutely incredible.

Brooke Horejsi

Brooke Horejsi, the daughter of Craig and Michelle Horejsi, has participated in volleyball, serving as a team captain, basketball, FFA, serving as an officer her freshman year, National Honor Society, student council, S Club, Project S, Spirit Club and Science and Math Club. She works at Didier’s Grocery, played summer softball and enjoys fishing, swimming at the river and hanging out with friends. Horejsi, a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, has been named academic all-state and all-conference, Student of the Month as a freshman, Sertoma Athlete of the Month as a junior and senior and Most Improved Volleyball Player in 2015. She has made the A and B honor roll. She plans on attending the University of Nebraska at Omaha to study pre-occupational therapy.

Favorite memory from high school: My favorite memory was my freshman year was when we were on our way to Wayne for a volleyball game and the bus broke down. All of the freshmen had to pile into my parents’ car to get to the game, including our coach.

Cameron Harding

Cameron Harding, the son of Robert and Ann Harding, has participated in one act, speech, band, serving as a section leader, student council, serving as a board representative, and National Honor Society, serving as president. He’s an altar server at St. Mary’s Parish. Harding was named Student of the Month and Rotary Student of the Week, qualified for state speech and was part of the state-champion one act team. She plans to attend Wayne State College to major in computer science and participate in theater.

Favorite high school memory: Driving back into town after winning state one act and being surrounded by all of our friends and family.

Erik Tena

Erik Tena, the son of Luis and Alma Tena, has participated in basketball, track and field, National Honor Society, student council, Science and Math Club and S Club. He is also active in Life Teen, works at Subway and attends Divine Mercy Parish. Tena was named academic all-state and all-conference and took second in the Northeast Nebraska Junior Academy of Science competition. He plans to attend college to study business.

Favorite high school memory: Winning the dodge ball tournament my junior year.

Jose Corona

Jose Corona, the son of Susana Navarro, has participated in color guard, serving as a co-captain for three years, marching band, swing choir, Dance X-Treme, Project S, Science and Math Club, FCCLA, serving as a district representative, student council and Culture Club. He also dances at Studio A, participated in Railmen Winterguard and attends St. Augustine Parish. Corona was named Student of the Month as a freshman, selected to Hastings Honor Choir and UNO Honor Choir as a junior and made the A and B honor roll. He plans to attend Northeast Community College or UNL to pursue a degree in nursing.

Favorite high school memory: My favorite memory of high school would be getting a superior rating on my solo at districts junior year.

Kendra Marxsen

Kendra Marxsen, the daughter of Bryon and Danelle Marxsen, has participated in basketball, FFA, serving as vice president, softball, student council, S Club, track and FCCLA. She is also active in 4-H, serving as club president, and with community garden work. Marxsen, who attends St. John’s Lutheran Church Shell Creek, was named Student of the Month and Athlete of the Month as a junior. She plans to attend the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis to major in veterinarian technology.

Favorite high school memory: Winning our first softball game of the season last week is my favorite memory.

Zachary Cruz

Zachary Cruz, the son of Tabitha and Alberto Cruz, has participated in cross country, football and soccer.

Favorite high school memory: Intramural dodge ball with my friends.