Saline High School crowned its homecoming royalty Friday night.
At halftime of the Saline-Pioneer football game, which Saline won 49-7, Claire Kalem was crowned Homecoming Queen and Jameson Swanson was named Mr. Pretty Legs.
Kalem, the daughter of Brett and Lisa Kalem, is a leader in the photo club and the National Art Honors Society. She is also a member of the marching band and dances at Dance Steps Studio.
She hopes to study pre-art therapy at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis.
Kalem was crowned by student council president Madison Caldwell and vice-president Allison Heider.
Swanson is the son of Sherri Swanson. He’s a captain of the track and field team, an active member of student council, STRIVE, He for She and NHS. He still finds time to work as a waiter at Brecon Village and volunteer with blood drives, tutoring of Latin American children, and Saline Area Social Service. He hopes to attend the University of Michigan, where he wants to study in the field of science.
Both Swanson and Kalem were surprised to hear their names called. And both admitted that walking up the 50-yard line and waiting for the announcement was a bit nerve-wracking.
“I was actually really surprised. I was not expecting at all,” Kalem said. “I’m very happy with it.”
Despite being a very good hurdler and sprinter middle distance runner for Saline, Swanson said he didn’t think he was qualified for the title of Mr. Pretty Legs.
“I was pretty surprised, because my legs are not all that pretty,” said Swanson, who did not wear shorts for the occasion.
The other nominees were Kelly Adamovicz, daughter of Paul and Mary Kay; Jake White, son of Rob and Dawn; Derek Liemohn, son of Mike and Ginger; Erica Simpson, daughter of Anthony and Carmen Woods; Dominic Dorset, son of Darren and Wendy; and Abby Wilson, daughter of Paul and Jennifer.
Also in the homecoming court were freshmen Calista Issel and Gavin Lytle, sophomores Erin Reilly and Colin McGreal, and juniors Audrey Barsch and Nolan Wright.
The theme for this year’s float contest was “Outer Space.”
The junior class won the float contest with their rocket ship, which belched smoke into the air.
The Principal’s Award was won by the freshman class and the seniors won the Spirit Trophy.
The annual Homecoming Dance is held at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Commons at Saline High School. Tickets are available at the door.
The theme is “Out of This World.”