Homecoming Queen 180% Included

Homecoming court. Often a source of drama, insecurity, and competition for high schoolers everywhere. 

Those who don’t win, may feel left out, but not at one Sioux Falls school. 

At O’Gorman High School, the Homecoming Court says it’s the opposite. It’s about making sure every student knows they’re an important part of the school. 

It’s homecoming week at O’Gorman High school. 

The competition for best-decorated door, is stiff. r

For these Freshman, the idea came together rather quickly.

Seniors have had four years to plan for this. 

“Our class is pretty small, so I know pretty much everybody,” Homecoming Court member Laveerle Jones said. 

While this class lacks in numbers…

“We’re the smallest class. The smallest in the school,” Homecoming Court member Lizzie Jones said. 

…they don’t seem to mind. 

“You get to know everybody. I know every one of my classmates,” Homecoming Court member Zach Witte said. 

Meet this year’s humble homecoming court. 

“It’s not the most important thing to be on it. It’s not that important. It’s cool to be on it, but it’s not everything,” Bergh said. 

Rachel Bergh could do without the title. 

“I feel like some people get upset when they’re not on it, and that’s kind of like..they’re still important in the school. It’s not like no one likes them because of it,” Homecoming Court member Rachel Bergh said. 

In fact, most of the students on the O’Gorman homecoming court don’t think it’s a big deal. 

“Not too much, it’s just kind of a fun thing to add during the week,” Whitte said. 

“I don’t think people should take it too seriously. It’s just more of a tradition thing,” Homecoming Court member Teresa Kayser said. 

“It’s not super important here, as it is in like, most other schools,” Jones said. 

“It’s cool that I’m on it..but it’s just like..I don’t know,” Bergh said. 

“Popularity’s not a really big thing at our school,” Homecoming Court member Miles Cowan said. 

Except for one student.  

“A big deal,” Homecoming Court member Sydney Bloomer said. 

Sydney Bloomer has known these students since elementary school. She has down syndrome. 

“I’m excited because I’m in the top five in the homecoming queen,” Bloomer said. 

That smile says it all. 

“I have a lot of friends,” Bloomer said. 

On a scale from 1-100, Bloomer is…180% excited, to be in the running.

“180 is my favorite number. It’s kinda high and like a high and big number,” Bloomer said. 

She has to wait to find out. 

The house is packed at Thursday night’s Homecoming Coronation and Variety Show.

Seniors cheered on every performer. 

But none were quite as loud as this.

It’s a moment, that means everything to this student.

And even more, to her mom. 

“I never really felt that she wasn’t accepted, or part of the group. I never really had that feeling,” Sydney Bloomer’s mom Bridget Wenande said. 

It’s about more than the crown. 

“It’s about being accepted, she feels so apart of this community. She’s been going to school with this kids since she was in kindergarten. It just means the world to her. Every time she sees anybody outside of class, everybody’s her friend. This just means the world to her,” Wenande said. 

The O’Gorman Court knows what it means to be king or queen. 

“It’s someone who has good morals, good virtues,” Witte said. 

“All 150 of your classmates are honoring you,” Cowan said. 

“Someone that’s compassionate,” Kayser said. 

“For other students to think that you’re a role model,” Jones said. 

Only two students may wear the crown.

But we all have something to learn, from this student body. 

We want to make sure we also give a big congratulations to O’Gorman’s homecoming king, John Binstock. Binstock even told us after he won that he thought other guys he was up against deserved it more. 



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