Rugby High homecoming royalty crowned
Rugby High School students, families, friends and faculty gathered in the stands at the high school’s Johnsen Field to celebrate the coronation of the 2021 Rugby High Homecoming King and Queen Sept. 20.
Candidates for queen were Brooke Anderson, Katelyn Duchscher, Mya Geisinger, Taylor Mayer and Amber Selensky. Candidates for king were Lathan DeMontigny, Hudson Hooker, Ethan Musser, Michael Niemi and Gavin Schepp.
Junior class representatives Megan Schmaltz and Ally Graner served as emcees for the ceremony. The hosts and the candidates all giggled nervously in the spotlight, but all seemed have fun that evening. Candidates gave humorous answers to questions asked by Graner and Schmaltz on a variety of topics. Queen candidates shivered in bare-shouldered evening gowns and king candidates waved to their friends, sometimes squinting in the brisk wind.
When Schmaltz asked Hooker, “How do you feel at this moment?” Hooker answered simply, “I’m cold.” The crowd burst out laughing.
After the candidates lined up on the track in front of the stands, Schmaltz said, “Drum roll, please,” The crowd of high school students obliged by stomping their feet on the bleachers to simulate drums. Graner walked behind the line of king candidates, hovering the crown over each one’s head until she stopped at Niemi, crowning him 2021 Rugby High Homecoming King.
After another “drum roll” supplied by the student audience, Graner pointed to Geisinger, and Schmaltz announced her selection as queen.
“I pronounce the 2021 Rugby High School royalty, King Michael and Queen Mya,” Schmaltz announced.
After Niemi and Geisinger read a pledge to serve their school as king and queen, the crowd cheered. Students climbed down from the bleachers to congratulate their royalty, and members of the court posed for photos.
Anderson is the daughter of Steve and Kim Anderson. She’s involved in volleyball, basketball, track, softball, National Honor Society, student council, band, mathletes, NDHSAA Distinguished Student finalist, two-time state track qualifier, all-district and region volleyball player and sub region and region softball player. Anderson attended school in Maddock before attending Rugby High.
DeMontigny is is the son of Kyle and Lisa DeMontigny. DeMontigny is involved in football, basketball, track and rodeo. He is a member of the National Honor Society and has been on the high honor roll.
Duchscher is the daughter Jeff and Stacy Duchscher. Her involvements include cheerleading, golf, one act play, FFA, student council, National Honor Society, math competitions, Science Olympiad, CYO and community theater. Duchscher was the 2019 FFA Ag Sales State Champion and a member of the 2019 state cheer competition championship team. Duchscher has multiple outstanding performer awards from one act play competitions, student award for English. Duchscher is an alum of Little Flower Catholic School.
Hooker is the son of Todd Leier and Jessica Helland. His involvements include FFA, football, basketball and track. Hooker enjoys racing and working on his car in his free time.
Geisinger is the daughter of Jamie and Kari Geisinger. Her involvements include basketball, track and Future Business Leaders of America. Geisinger has been named student of the year in accounting, classic literature and child development classes. Additionally, she works at the radio station, has three dogs, a cat and chickens.
Musser is the son of Joel and Sarah Musser. Musser is involved in band and Science Olympiad. He has also been on the high honor roll in STEM classes, Spanish 3 and history through film classes.
Mayer is the daughter of Scott and Tami Mayer. Mayer is in football cheer, basketball cheer and track. Mayer was also a member of the stunt and cheer groups who competed at the state level in 2018, 2019 and 2021 and the 2021 state track champion team.
Niemi is the son of Dr. Paul and Holly Niemi. His involvements include football and band.
Selensky is the daughter of Daryl and Susan Selensky. She’s been involved in FFA, where she served as 2021 president. Other involvements for Selensky include speech, one act play, student council, CYO and Village Arts Theater. Selensky serves as fine arts representative on student council and was named runner-up in the state one act competition for humorous interpretation. In 2019, she received the One Act Superior Actress Award.
Schepp is the son of Kevin and Alyson Schepp. He participates in band, FFA, football and baseball. Enjoys hunting, fishing and being with his friends.
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