Denzel Acheampong and Katelyn Craft stood at half-court at Shenk Gymnasium Friday night prior to the boys basketball game with no idea what was in store for them. With a swarm of their fellow classmates looking on in anticipation, wondering who was going to be crowned the Winter Homecoming king and queen, their names were announced.
Stunned and excited, Acheampong and Craft had their respective crowns placed on their heads as cameras flashed away to capture the royalty that stood at half-court.
Acheampong, who has been active in National Honor Society, the German Club, the jazz band, Wind Ensemble, soccer and The American Red Cross, was proud during the moment he got to share with the Junction City community.
“I feel like my contributions have been recognized,” he said.
Like Acheampong, Craft has been heavily involved in the Junction City community as well. During her four years in school, she has participated in volleyball, soccer, the American Sign Language Club, orchestra, theater, served as secretary for German Club and is an academic letter recipient. She agreed with Acheampong, and was happy that she had many friends to share the moment with.
“It’s cool being acknowledged for what you do in front of people,” she said.
Although the king and queen had no idea that they would receive enough votes to capture their crowns, Acheampong said his generosity toward helping everybody around him might have been a key reason he won the votes. Craft said she knows a lot of people, and has been very nice to those around her.
While overwhelmed by the moment, Craft and Acheampong said they planned to celebrate their awards at the school dance with their classmates following the basketball games.