Runnels | Independent School, Baton Rouge


2020 HOCO King and Queen Presented


     Seniors Brandon Hall and Anna Manning were declared the king and queen of HOCO 2020 at the presentation of the homecoming court Jan. 31 in the Gladys Hague Runnels Theatre. On campus to present the new royals with their crowns was the 2019 homecoming queen, Emma Tooraen, now a freshman at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

     Also introduced at the ceremony were the maids and escorts of the court. They included freshmen Emma Collett, Lucy Reeves, Eli Latiolais, and Baron Stevenson; sophomores Blaiklee Guillot, Hailey Lester, Joshua Freeman, and Joel Pena; juniors Brooke Sandefur, Mollybeth Wilkinson, Evan Beoubay, and Jacob Folse; and seniors Catherine Bonaventure, Jenna Carballo, Grace Smith, Ben Holliday, Ryan Ly, and Eli Todaro. At Runnels, all members of the homecoming court and the king and queen are elected by the student body.

     The Spirit Banner Award was presented to the sophomore class, and extra-effort prizes for Spirit Week participation went to seniors Aubri Watts and Brandon Hall and junior Garrett Rhinehart. Medals for the best class participation in themed Spirit Days were presented to the junior class for Marvel Monday, TikTok Tuesday, and Fairy Tale Friday, and the senior class for Wacky Wednesday and Throwback Thursday. Members of the boys varsity basketball team were also recognized.

     An encore presentation of the court was held at the varsity homecoming game during halftime in the gym that night. The queen and maids were presented by their fathers and the king and escorts by their mothers.    

     In a hard fought homecoming game, Runnels defeated Mt. Hermon 78-73. Leading the charge was Collin Coates, who scored 26 points, and Ben Holliday contributing 16. Ben Stafford and Phillip Lukinovich scored 11 points each, Wesley Stevenson made 9, and Jack Kahn added 4. Scoring three-pointers were Coates and Holliday, with two each, and Stevenson.

     Homecoming events concluded with a high school dance at the Lake House Feb. 1. This year’s theme was “Enchanted Evening.”

     We sincerely thank the sophomore class and sponsors Sarah Haase and Laurin Fairley for planning, organizing, and running HOCO 2020, with special shout-outs to class officers Ryan Roper and Sydney Worsham for performing MC duties. Thank yous also go to the Runnels cheer squad for performing at the assembly and to their sponsor/coach Sherry Wilks.