Planning Your Homecoming Court and Royalty
Posted by Stumps Spirit on August 28, 2007
The key to a successful Homecoming Court is organization! Honor your future king and queen by getting an early start on your court elections and planning.
Establish a Homecoming Court committee. You will want to have at least one representative from each class.
At least a month before the Homecoming dance, hold general nominations for the Homecoming Court. Allow each member of the student body to place a vote. Allow them to nominate one male and female member from their class for the court, and then five male members of the senior class for king and five female members of the senior class for queen. If students are in the senior class, they will just nominate the Homecoming King and Queen.
Create posters announcing the upcoming nominations. Put these up around school at least a week before the nominations take place.
Create a special ballot for the nominations and set up voting tables in the cafeteria. Hold two days of voting to allow for maximum participation.
Count up the votes and arrange for a faculty member to sit in during the counting. This will prevent any questions about the nominations.
Once the nominations are tallied, announce the winners. You will want to announce the top five nominees for Homecoming King and Queen. For the class representatives, announce the winners and indicate that they will be a part of the Homecoming Court.
Decide when you will announce the Homecoming Queen and King – you may decide to do it at the Homecoming football game or the dance. If you have a school assembly on the day of the game, this would also be an excellent time to make the announcements.
Purchase homecoming royalty tiaras, crowns and royal scepters for the Homecoming Queen and King. You will also want to purchase mementos for the other members of the court. Smaller tiaras and crowns that complement the ones you choose for the king and queen would be a good idea.
Hold elections for the Homecoming King and Queen about one week before the big game. Again, set up posters around school advertising the elections. Announce the elections over the P.A. system or during your school assembly.
Allow each student to vote for the Homecoming King and Queen. Be sure to list the five nominees in each category on the voting ballot. Do not allow “write in” votes. Indicate that these will be disqualified. This will help you reach a more accurate result. Again, you will want to have two days of voting to ensure maximum participation.
Coordinate with the Homecoming Parade committee about having the Homecoming court take part in the parade.
On the day of the announcements, purchase a beautiful arrangement of flowers for the Homecoming Queen and a complementary corsage for the Homecoming King.
At your ceremony, announce the court members from the freshman, sophomore and junior classes. Present them with a small tiara or crown.
Have the five Homecoming Queen and King nominees line up. Play some special music and announce your Homecoming King and Queen. Use a large, elaborate envelope to write the winners’ name inside. Decorate it with a beautiful bow.
Crown the winners and present them with their tiaras, crowns and flowers. Allow them and the rest of the court to parade around your assembly room or football field (depending on where you hold the ceremony).