Kindness should always pay off.
But there does seem to be a couple times a year that it is rewarded most actively.
The holidays come to mind first. But one of the next best examples?
The crowning of homecoming king and queen.
As has been the trend, Monticello High School students voted two of the nicest students in school into position of royalty when Pat McNaughton and Bri Ye were named king and queen during a half-hour coronation program in the high school auditorium Monday night.
“I don’t think I’ve ever heard a bad word from one of his peers,” said king candidate Will Bauman about McNaughton.
“The kid always has a smile on his face. Just a really respectable guy.”
Much of the same praise was echoed for Ye, a three-sport senior who has made connections throughout the school both in and out of sports.
“She’s nice to everyone,” said Addison Schnabel, also a queen candidate. “She’s really always outreaching and accepting of everyone.”
The king and queen were sorting through a combination of emotions, ranging from honored to excited, shortly after the ceremony. “I was almost on the edge of tears,” said Ye. “It’s just nice to have the support of everybody,” agreed McNaughton. “You know that you have a couple of friends in the school, but to have everyone vote for you and then be cheering for you at the end of the day is awesome.”
McNaughton and Ye will stay busy with activities throughout homecoming week, including visiting the middle school and elementary school, an event McNaughton is especially excited for since he has a younger brother.
“Going over to see him with a crown on my head is a big plus for me,” said McNaughton.
For your chance to see the 2012 homecoming royalty come to the parade at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the middle school, or attend the Homecoming game against Rogers at 7 p.m. where royalty will take the field at halftime.