For many girls, the dream of royalty begins the first time they see Cinderella. The ballgowns, the dancing, the love, the magic: all are included in many 6-year-olds’ elegant daydreams. A lucky few of those girls grow up to experience royalty in real life, and four more did so at the 50th Annual Homecoming for Forbush High.
Four ladies from each grade level walked out before the crowd under the bright stadium lights. Each year, one princess from the ninth, 10th, and 11th grades will be named, and one queen from the senior class will claim the coveted crown. This year, however, is a little different from past years. In honor of Forbush High School’s 50th Anniversary, many of the past Homecoming Queens were presented, as well. I interviewed several of these queens to learn how they think Forbush has changed or stayed the same over the past 50 years, and their answers were quite insightful.
What has stayed the same?
Heather Brazell, 1989 Homecoming Queen, reminisced about jazz band, marching band, and show choir. While Forbush no longer offers a jazz band, the marching band and show choir continue to be sources of pride for the school. She also stated that she is extremely proud that “we live in a community that still allows our students to pledge allegiance to our flag and to show Christian fellowship on campus.”
Sheila Porter Sales, 1976 Homecoming Queen, also shared that the Starmount vs. Forbush football rivalry has remained an integral part of the Forbush High School experience, making the recent Forbush Unifi Bowl victory that much sweeter.
Indeed, Friday night football games are among the favorite memories of Dara Puryear, 1978 Homecoming Queen. Puryear mentioned that her involvement with HOSA, a health-oriented, student-based organization, inspired her to become a registered nurse, and the same is true with many students today.
What has changed?
Sales noted that many buildings have been added to the campus since her days, and Brazell pointed out that students now drive extremely nice cars. Puryear explained that the recent cell phone revolution and the institution of Chromebooks, which are laptops students use for schoolwork, have drastically changed the way students learn in the classroom.
The Homecoming Queens of the past 50 years still remain active alumni, many of whom send their children to Forbush High School to follow in their footsteps. For those who happen to sit beside one of them at a football game or school event, do not be afraid to strike up a conversation; these humble queens are sure to share a good story or two.
Sierra Winters is an Forbush High School senior.