Football candidates DJ Johnson and Lonita Benson were elected Webster’s King and Queen at the Friendship Dance on Nov. 2.
“I was pretty shocked because I thought Jack Kemper was going to win, but it’s nice to know I’m looked highly among my peers,” Johnson said.
Johnson plays football and scored the go-ahead touchdown to extend Webster’s lead over Kirkwood in the District Championship game while battling injury.
Benson is a senior cheerleader for the Varsity squad.
According to Shawn Buchanan Greene’s book, “Turkey Day Game Centennial 1907-2007,” the two schools have had the Friendship Dance since 1939. Queens were always elected, and in 2006 a king started to be elected too.
Groups from around the schools give their nominees, for who should be on the court. Band, cheerleading SAA and student council all get one vote, and football gets two.
The couples this year were DJ Johnson, Lonita Benson, Rishon Loper and Bonnie Kerr for football; Ben Steger and Carly Borth for band; Jack Kemper and Hayley Williamson for cheerleading; Cedric Spencer and Symone Palmer for SAA; Justin Saelee and Talor Crawford for Student Council.
ECHO usually gets a vote, but there were no seniors to nominate this year.