At Ledyard High School, we have a specific Homecoming Court policy: those who have won the title of Homecoming King and Queen cannot be renominated for Homecoming Court the following year. This has become a controversial rule as seniors Ty Ebdon and Olivia Triplett, the Prom King and Queen of 2015, were nominated by their peers, but denied a spot on the ballot and the possibility of winning once again.
While this seems unfair on a surface level, it actually greatly benefits the entire student body. Winning Homecoming King and Queen always makes a happy, warm feeling that leaves winners unable to stop smiling and filled with a sudden rush of enthusiasm and self-confidence. Passing on the crowns shines the spotlight on new people and gives them the opportunity to feel the same exhilaration and joy.
More people get to be nominated and then elected, which improves the general contentment of all the students and does an unbelievable job of boosting self-esteem.
If this policy didn’t exist, there’s a very real possibility that the winners will be the same throughout the years. This is discouraging to other nominees, as they will most likely lose the hope and excitement that accompanies being nominated. It also screams predictability and with that comes boringness.
The policy could also, to an extent, protect former Kings and Queens. If they were to get renominated, but not reelected, they might feel a sense of replacement and/or believe that they perhaps simply aren’t good enough anymore.
In the end, when previous royalty steps aside for newer additions to the royal family, there are only more winners.
Carina Wang, Staff Writer
Sophomore Carina Wang is a staff writer for the 2015-2016 Colonel. She is on the FIRST Robotics team.