SVHS to crown homecoming royalty
HOMECOMING CANDIDATES INCLUDE, front, from left, Ky Newman, Karly Burningham, Walker Wicks, Olivia Donald, Jersey Witous, Cecilia Corona and Jose Sanchez-Guzman. Back row, from left, Eric Clouse, Chris Swanson and Sam Morgan.
High school is a kingdom of sorts, in which there exists the duchesses, the suitors, the jesters and the governors, among others. But every year, only two members of the populace ascend to the homecoming throne.
This year’s potential royalty at Sonoma Valley High School are Cecilia Corona, Jersey Witous, Karly Burningham, Walker Wicks, Olivia Donald, Jose Sanchez-Guzman (known to most of the student body as Jojo), Eric Clouse, Ky Newman, Sam Morgan and Chris Swanson.
Corona’s passion is soccer, as evidenced by her current spot on the varsity team as well as her desire to play collegiate soccer next year, ideally at CSU Channel Islands where she hopes to study nursing. She is also a member of Keystone Club and involved with the Boys & Girls Club.
Witous is captain of the varsity volleyball team, among other athletic pursuits such as varsity basketball, rock climbing and hiking. She also enjoys traveling and attending sporting events and concerts. She aspires to play collegiate volleyball at a four-year university, hopefully Cal Poly.
Burningham is also involved with varsity volleyball and basketball, as well as the Leadership class at SVHS. Her hobbies are hanging out with friends and swimming in her pool during summer. Burningham hopes to go to a four-year university in Oregon or California and is considering studying business or sports medicine.
Wicks is involved in cheerleading, yearbook, SVHS broadcasts and culinary arts. She enjoys attending SVHS sporting events and working. Next year, she hopes to go to St. Mary’s College.
Donald has an affinity for the performing arts, illustrated by her involvement in drama, school plays and musicals. She is also the student activities director at SVHS. Her hobbies are, among other activities, hiking, singing, dancing, acting, making movies and traveling. She hopes to attend a four-year university on the East Coast, preferably Emerson, NYU or DePaul, where she would like to study musical theater.
Sanchez-Guzman is involved in varsity soccer, varsity basketball and the Leadership class. Additionally, he is the senior class president. He spends his time volunteering at the Boys & Girls Club or hanging out with friends and spent three weeks of his summer on a service trip in Nicaragua. Though he is unsure what he would like to study in college, he would like to attend Santa Clara University.
Clouse holds positions on the varsity football and basketball teams and is involved in the Block S Club. He is also interested in agriculture and sports. He aspires to attend the University of Oregon and major in sports medicine.
Newman’s interests revolve around film and other such pursuits, evidenced by his involvement in broadcast arts at SVHS, the Sonoma International Film Festival, Film Club, video production and photography. He hopes to study film at a four-year university in Los Angeles, preferably USC or Loyola Marymount.
Morgan is a member of the Block S Club and involved in varsity football, baseball and Leadership. His hobbies are football, baseball, wakeboarding, hunting and fishing. He aspires to attend a four-year university in Oregon and potentially play collegiate football.
Swanson is also a member of the Block S Club and involved in varsity football and baseball. His hobbies are sports, music and cooking. He would like to attend Bowling Green State in Ohio and major in sports management while playing collegiate baseball.
All nominees will make an appearance at the homecoming football game today, Friday, Oct. 14, against Healdsburg High School. Varsity plays at 7 p.m., while JV begins at 5 p.m.
Who will become the next king and queen?
Only time and an enchanted homecoming dance this Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club will tell.