Vandegrift celebrated its 2020 Homecoming last week and crowned this year’s homecoming king and queen at the football halftime ceremonies on Oct. 30 at Monroe Memorial Stadium. Viper seniors Tommy Hartman and Mukta Valluru were named king and queen.
They were crowned by Fabi Tripoli, VHS varsity cheerleading captain, and Taylor Bowman, Legacies dance team colonial.
Mukta Valluru’s parents are Surekha and Sri Valluru. She is a drum major in the Vandegrift marching band and her favorite high school memory has been winning Grand Nationals with the band in Indianapolis. Valluru is a member of DECA, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, National Science Honor Society, and Rho Kappa.
Tommy Hartman’s parents are Kim and Tom Hartman. He is an enthusiastic and hard-working student and is the manager for the Vandegrift football team. Hartman’s favorite high school memory is when the Vandegrift Vipers beat Bridgeland. He is active in basketball and track at VHS and is a current officer of the A.D. team.
The 2020-2021 homecoming court included four other senior nominees.
Luke Kemmerer’s parents are Susan and Joel Kemmerer. He is a drill instructor for Vandegrift band. Kemmerer is also the Student Council senior class president and student body president. He is in PALS, National Honor Society, National Science Honor Society, an Honor Guard for the Legacies Dance Team. His favorite high school memory is winning Grand Nationals with the band.
Ellie Foral’s parents are Edna and David Foral. She is involved in PALS, National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, and Recycling Club. Foral’s favorite high school memories are attending Viper football games.
Ellie Seitzler’s parents are Bill and Lynette Seitzler. She is involved in PALS, Recycling Club, National Honor Society, and Spanish Honor Society. One of her favorite high school memories is when the girls’ basketball team became area champions last year advancing to round 3 in the playoffs.
Ryan Back’s parents are Steve and Lisa Back. He is a three-year varsity letter in football and baseball, involved in the National Honor Society, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Back’s favorite high school memory is last year when Viper football won the home playoff game against Bridgeland High School.
Underclassmen were included in the court. The junior princess was Sydnee Stendara and prince, Nick Sacasa.
Stendara’s parents are Tracy and Jerry Stendara. She is a social officer and dancer on the Legacies dance team at Vandegrift. She is in NHS, English Honor Society, PALS and HOSA/Future Health Professionals.
Sacasa’s parents are Cisco and Mercy Sacasa. He is a drill instructor in the VHS band, and junior class vice president of the student council. He is in the National English Honor Society, NHS, Science National Honor Society, and Spanish National Honor Society.
The sophomore princess was Vanessa Rubio and prince, Max Lavorato.
Rubio’s parents are Veronica and Daniel Rubio. She is a part of the A Capella Choir, Key Club, A.D. Team, Red Cross Club, UNICEF, and C2.
Lavorato’s parents are Tricia and Chris Lavorato. He plays the alto saxophone in the Viper marching band.
The freshmen princess was Saoirse Dewan and prince, Gage Garrison.
Dewan’s parents are Aisling Dewan and Garrett Dewan. She was born in Ireland and is involved in sports medicine at Vandegrift.
Garrison’s parents are Mary Jo and Barrett Garrison. he is a member of the freshmen football team.