"The best things about Emmetsburg High School is the education that we received 50 years ago, and the education you are receiving today."
With those words, Jane Drew, a member of the Emmetsburg High School Class of 1963 spoke to a capacity crowd Thursday evening at Emmetsburg High School's Homecoming Coronation ceremonies. The event was highlighted by the crowning of the 2013 royalty, Shay Mortenson and Hannah Bird.
Speaking to the crowd during the program, Drew and her husband Bob reflected on their senior year in 1963 at EHS, and the memories that Homecoming elicited for them.
EHS?HOMECOMING?COURT - The royal court for Emmetsburg’s 2013 Homecoming celebration is pictured after the coronation on Thursday. Standing from left to right are Freshman attendant Max Dunlap, Sophomore attendant Spencer Bird, Junior attendant Cooper Hofstad, King candidates Erik Drost, Aaron Bird and Brandon Elbert; Queen candidates BriAna Campbell, Kendall Deitering and Haily Malm, Junior attendant Emily Bonnstetter, Sophomore attendant Olivia Hampe and Freshman attendant Sarah Pugh. Seated in front are crown bearer Justin Wirtz, King Shay Mortenson, Queen Hannah Bird and flower bearer Lily Cochran. -- Dan Voigt photo
"I remember that 50 years ago, we played Sibley for the Homecoming game, and the E-Hawks won 39-0,"?Jane Drew said, drawing cheers from the audience. "We spent the week decorating the school, buidling our floats and listening to Coach Stille get everyone's spirit pumped up. It was all good."
But, Drew said, the very best thing she remembered about Emmetsburg High School was the education and the teachers. "Our teachers cared about us, just as your teachers do today. The best things about Emmetsburg High School is the ieducation that we received 50 years ago, and the education you are receiving today."
With a nod of agreement from her husband, Jane Drew told the crowd that the couple felt the greatest opportunity they were afforded in schol was being blessed to attend a smaller school where they could be involved in so many activities.
"It's through that involvement that we both learned to respect each other, as well as our community,"?Jane said. "We were lucky to grow up in a small town called Emmetsburg, where people really care about each other, and for that, we are both eternally grateful."
Bob Drew added a few thoughts of his own after his wife, telling the audience that even though they had graduated 50 years earlier from EHS, they had remained the same people, even after living all over the country.
"We're still E-Hawks from Emmetsburg. We learned to strive to achieve high levels of success in the classroom, as well as on the field or court,"?Bob stated. "We always put the 'we' ahead of the 'me' in all over our athletic efforts. But, above all, we never did anything to harm the good name of Emmetsburg."
According to Drew, then, just as it is today, it is crucial for individuals to have the desire to accomplish their goals. "You all need to possess the will to learn and the desire to succeed in order to reach your full potential."
A performance of the school song and dance routine from the EHS?Cheerleaders opened the Coronation program before Mistress of Ceremonies Madison Reimer introduced the royal court. With processional music furnished by the Emmetsburg High School Band, under the direction of Mr. Arron Phillips, the royal court entered the auditorium. Freshman class attendants were Sarah Pugh, the daughter of Matt and Joann Pugh and Max Dunlap, the son of Mike and Julie Dunlap. Sophomore class attendants were Olivia Hampe, the daughter of Art and Kari Hampe and Spencer Bird, the son of Rick and Julie Bird.
Junior class attendants were Emily Bonnstetter, the daughete of Kurt and Sara Bonnstetter and Cooper Hofstad, the son of Ben and Leslie Hofstad. Serving as the flower bearer was Lily Cochran, the daughter of Gary and Beth Carrigan and Steve Cochran and serving as crown bearer was Justin Wirtz, the son of Scott and Heather Wirtz.
The King and Queen Candidates were then introduced, starting with Hannah Bird, daughtert of Rick and Julie Bird and Aaron Bird, son of Dr. Jim and Stephanie Bird. Next were BriAna Campbell, daughter of Kim Campbell and Erik Drost, son of Doug and Margaret Drost; Kendall Deitering, daughter of Brian and SueAnne Deitering and Brandon Elbert, son of Rick and Julie Elbert, as well as Haily Malm, daughter of Brian and Amy Malm and Shay Mortenson, son of Jeff and Kathy Mortenson.
Following the Drew's address, 2012 Homecoming Queen Whitney Kibbie presided over the crowning of the new King. After pacing behind the four nervous candidates, she gently placed the crown on the head of Shay Mortenson to loud cheers and applause from the crowd. Mortenson rose to his feet to accept the congratulations of his fellow candidates and made his way to the podium to crown his queen.
After learning the name, Mortenson collected the crown from Justin Wirtz and then perused the queen candidates, waiting nervously. He worked the crowd for their favorite and then placed the crown on the head of Hannah Bird as the audience erupted again in cheers as Bird accepted the hugs of her fellow candidates and made her way to the royal thrones at center stage, where she donned her black and gold cape and accepted her bouquet of roses.
With the crowning concluded, the EHS?Mixed Chorus, under the direction of Mr. Dave Fog, performed the selection, "Shed the Light" by James Taylor, featuring soloists Michael Woodruff and a trio comprised of Hannah Bird, BriAna Campbell and Brittany Poeppe. At the conclusion of the choral number, the ceremonies came to a conclsion with the auction of the junior and senior football players' jerseys.