Gardner Edgerton High School will crown its King and Queen of Winter Courts this Friday night at the boys varsity basketball game.

Gardner Edgerton High School homecoming candidates pose for the camera before the big night. A homecoming king and queen will be crowned during halftime of the GEHS boys basketball game Friday evening. The game, which pits GEHS against Blue Valley Southwest starts at 7 p.m. at the high school. Candidates for the titles include Victoria Insogna, Tommy Brady, Kenna Langrehr, Lucas Powell, Isabella Mullins, Bubba Starling, Sammi Boyajian, Josh Cook, Peyton Weekly, and Kyle Pacheco. Submitted photo by Emily Hail


Students will spend the week celebrating Winter Royalty by participating in dress up days. On Monday ‘Blazers kicked off spirit week dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow for pirate day.  On Tuesday the halls of GEHS could have been confused with a fabulous Hollywood soiree if students had come to school dressed as their favorite celebrity or movie star.  Unfortunately, a snow day kept Hollywood out of GEHS’ hallways. On Wednesday students missed oout on an homage for Senior Citizens Day.  Thursday will see GEHS transform into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry when characters from the Harry Potter series invade. Capping off spirit week, on Friday students will white out the school all decked out in white attire.
Friday evening, the GEHS girls basketball squad will take on Blue Valley Southwest. The GE team beat BVSW on Dec. 17 with a final score of 62-26.
The Lady ‘Blazers, now 8-5, are coming off of a first place finish in the El Dorado tournament. They hope to continue the streak during Winter Royalty week.
Later that evening, the ‘Blazers boys basketball team will take on the Blue Valley Southwest Timberwolves.  BVSW, 2-11, is coming off of a 52-49 win over Bishop Miege.
The ‘Blazers, now 7-5, won a Dec. 17 match-up between the two schools, 31-56. Each school is slated to have one more contest between now and Friday. Results of those games were not available at press time.
The coronation of Winter Royalty will take place at halftime of the game.
Candidates for queen include Sammi Boyajin, Victoria Insogna, Kenna Langrehr, Isabella Mullins and Peyton Weekly.
Meet the candidates
Sammi Boyajian is the daughter of Sam and Stacy Boyajian and sister to Aram Boyajian.  During her high school career Sammi has been involved in Natural Helpers, National Honor Society, softball, Jazz Band, Ping Pong Club, Sympohic Band, Marching Band, Pit Orchestra, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  After high school she plans to attend Kansas State University and earn a degree in veterinary medicine
Victoria Insogna is the daughter of Karen and Vince Insogna and sister to Kayla Insogna.
She is involved in Natural Helpers, National Honor Society, volleyball, soccer, and cheerleading.  Her future plans include attending K-State to complete their pre-nursing program and then transfer to a nursing school.
Kenna Langrehr is the daughter of Jeff and Sherry Langrehr and sister to Conner and Brooks Langrehr.  Kenna’s activities include cross country, basketball, soccer, National Honor Society, Natural Helpers, Student Council, Blue Blazers, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Ping Pong Club and she is a dedicated member of the student section.  In the future she plans on going to K-State and majoring in Business Administration and Marketing.
Isabella Mullins is the daughter of Doug and Julie Mullis and sister to David, Albert, and Carissa Mullins. Isabella participates in volleyball, basketball, soccer, track, National Honor Society, Natural Helpers, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Ping Pong Club.  She has plans to attend college after high school, but is unsure where.
The final queen candidate is Peyton Weekly, daughter of James Weekly and Shana Sanford and sister to Jacob and Jarod Weekly and Lucas and Zach Soza.  During high school she has been involved in softball, National Honor Society, Student Council and Natural Helpers.  Following graduation Peyton plans to attend Baker University to play softball and pursue a double major in sociology and psychology.
Candidates for King are Josh Cook, Tommy Brady, Kyle Pacheco, Lucas Powell and Bubba Starling.
Josh Cook is the son of Janice and Carl Cook and brother to Ly’rae (Cook) Hatter.  During his high school career Josh has participated in football, Interact Club, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, choir, Pit Orchestra. Musically he has performed numerous solos and been a member of various ensembles.  He has held the position of head drum major. Josh plans to major in music education at Kansas State University and, one day, hopes to return to Gardner and conduct the band at Gardner Edgerton High School.
Tommy Brady is the son of Tim and Lou Brady and brother to Missy and Stephie Brady.  His high school activities include cross country, basketball, track, band, Natural Helpers, Student Council, National Honor Society, RISE program and Ping Pong Club.  After high school Tommy plans to attend K-State and major in secondary math education.  He hopes to one day become a pole vault coach.
Kyle Pacheco is the son of Robert Joesph Jr. and Tania Pacheco and brother to Alexis and L’Orien Pacheco.  As a student at GEHS, Kyle participated in football, wrestling, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Student Council. After graduation Kyle will continue his football career at Mid-America Nazarene University where he plans to study pre-law and major in political science
Lucas Powell is the son of Kit and Debbie Powell and brother to Logan Powell.  During his high school career Lucas participated in football.  Following high school he plans to continue his education at the University of Ohio where he will play football and major in exercise science.
Bubba Starling is the son of Jim and Debbie Starling and brother to Jamie and Jill Starling.  Bubba has been involved in football, basketball and baseball at GEHS.
Following high school he plans to continue his athletic success, either playing football and baseball at the University of Nebraska or throwing his hat into the ring of the Major League Baseball draft.
Following Friday’s festivities, on Saturday night students will enjoy a Sadie Hawkins-style dance from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Gardner Edgerton High School.