“Gratitude, memorable, humbled.” Hallie Hanssen chooses these words to describe what the homecoming court experience is like for her. Hallie is 17 years old, and a senior this year at MHS. From being apart of the Pom Pom team, track, and student council Hallie is keeping herself busy! Hallie did not see her nomination for homecoming court coming! A few people had told her they had voted for her to be on the court but she didn’t think she would have enough votes when it came down to it. So when she heard she was on it, she was very surprised! As soon as she found out she had made the homecoming court she ran upstairs and told her mom and one of her big sisters. After high school Hallie plans to attend ISU and go into the vet program and wants to try out for their dance team. Hallie would love to be your queen, but she knows all the other girls on the court would be just as amazing and deserves it just as much as she does! Hallie wants to thank the senior class for her nomination and doesn’t want anything to change from before to after court. #HAPPYTOBEAMUSKIE
“Fun, honorable, humbling.” 17 year old senior at MHS Joshua Thomas uses these three words to describe the homecoming court experience. Joshua more commonly known as “Josh” is involved in mainly the varsity football team at the high school, but has also participated in track. Josh loves to hang out with his friends in his free time, whether that be going to one of his close friends' cabins in town, or his friends coming over to his place for a pool party! Josh had no expectation to be on this year's homecoming court, the thought didn’t even cross his mind! But when announced he had made homecoming court he was super excited, especially because one of his closest friends Trevor Diederichs was also on court with him! Josh was partnered with Kaylynn Salyars, who he has actually known since he moved here in the third grade! It brought back a lot of fun memories of the two for him, and he has looked back and seen how their friendship has brought them to this point. From third grade to seniors in high school on homecoming court together! Of course Josh would love to be your king, but he knows every other guy on court deserves it just as much as him and they would all be great kings! Post-high school Josh plans to RETURN to Costa Rica where he was actually born and study abroad there. He plans to study Spanish! He hopes to find a school on the coast with the help of his dad. Josh wants to be near the water because he loves to surf! He wants to be able to surf in the morning, go to class, and then surf in the evening. Josh wants to express his gratitude for being nominated onto homecoming court this year and he can’t wait to spend the week with the rest of this great group of people! #ONCEAMUSKIE
Togeh Deseh (TD)
“Stressful, tense, and exciting all at the same time!” This is how Togeh Deseh describes what the homecoming court experience is like. Togeh Deseh also known as “T.D.” to his friends, is a 17-year-old senior at MHS. T.D. is involved in football and wrestling, both varsity spots. Outside of school T.D. likes to hang out with his friends and sleep. T.D. lives with a family friend, The Burkcampers, because his family is in Minnesota. It is a priority of T.D. to be able to finish his high school career as a Muskie and with his friends. T.D. knows just about everyone at the high school, so making the homecoming court wasn’t a big surprise to him, but of course it's still an honor. His partner on court is Hallie Hanssen who he did not have a previous close relationship with but they have hung out in the same friend group since middle school so they get along just fine. Post-high school T.D. plans to go play college football somewhere and has an undecided major as of right now. The first person T.D. called was his mom since she isn’t in Iowa with him. The last thing T.D. wants to add “Use your noggin vote for Togeh!” #PROUDTOBEAMUSKIE
“HOLY HOLY COW!” Those are three words that senior Sophia Emmert uses to describe what it’s like to be on this year’s homecoming court. Sophia Emmert is 17 years old and is a senior this year at MHS. Sophia is involved in all forms of music at the school. She is also a part of FCA leadership and student council. In her free time, you can find Sophia hanging out in a hammock with her friends when the weather is right. She is also a proud coffee addict, so you can always find her at the Coffee Belt! When she found out she was part of court she had to stay quiet because they were on a school live stream. She and her partner on the court, Trevor Diederichs, were very excited to be paired together on court as they were already such good friends! Of course, Sophia has high hopes to win the crown for queen, but she knows every other girl on court is a fine candidate who would all be amazing for the crown. After high school, Sophia plans to attend Cedarville Christian College in Ohio and major in Intercultural Studies; Sophia wants to study abroad and get as much cross-cultural experience to help her get ready for a full time overseas ministry job in her future. Sophia would like to add that she loves and appreciates everything her mother and father have done for her! #MUSKIELOVE
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