Their smiles sparkled about as much as their crowns Thursday night as new royalty was announced during the Marshalltown High School 2012 Homecoming coronation ceremony.
Eli Devine was crowned king and Taylor Wagner queen during the event, making a memory for the Bobcat seniors.
Devine is the son of Roxy and Paul Devine.
T-R PHOTO BY ANDREW POTTER
Taylor Wagner, left, and Eli Devine were crowned the 2012 Marshalltown Homecoming queen and king Thursday night at the Roundhouse.
"It's exciting," he said after being named king. "Just being on the Homecoming court has been fun."
Wagner is the daughter of Mike and Sandy Wagner.
"It's surreal and very humbling," the new queen said. "I'm so blessed to be a part of it."
Wagner seemed very proud to be a Bobcat with so much school spirit flying around.
"I wouldn't choose any other school," she said. "This is the best school."
Aside from the coronation ceremony, the pep rally event at the Roundhouse also featured performances by the MHS dance team, cheerleaders, show choir and jazz band. An estimated crowd of 1,000 people showed up for the event to support the school.
"We appreciate the community's support," said MHS Principal Aiddy Phomvisay.
Thursday's activities also included the annual parade, which rolled through Main Street from Ninth Street to Second Avenue. This year's parade featured not only floats built by MHS students, but also participation from Marshalltown students in the lower grades who walked in the parade.
"We made a call out to the other schools because we wanted it to be a community Homecoming," Phomvisay said.
The second year principal also witnessed Bobcat pride among the students throughout the first four days of Homecoming week.
"Participation in the float building and all the activities has really demonstrated that our students have school spirit," Phomvisay said.
Homecoming week continues with the varsity football game at 7:30 p.m. Friday, as the Bobcats take on Des Moines Hoover at Leonard Cole Field. The dance will be held from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the MHS cafeteria.