Coronations crown PHS Homecoming week celebrations

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Perry High School 2020 Homecoming Queen Cindy Truong, left, and Homecoming King Jayson Chavez begin their royal procession Friday at Dewey Field after receiving their crowns.

Perry High School 2020 Homecoming Queen Cindy Truong and Homecoming King Jayson Chavez were crowned Friday in ceremonies at Dewey Field prior to the Bluejays’ contest against the Winterset Huskies.

Queen Cindy is the daughter of Maya Truong and Hoa Truong of Perry. Her PHS activities have included the dance team, football and basketball cheerleading, track, National Honor Society, choir, Student Activities Council, Interact Club, Trio, Big Buddy, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, MVP program and the prom committee. Queen Cindy is planning two years at DMACC before transferring to the University of Iowa to study psychology.

King Jayson is the son of Lazaro Chavez and Ofelia Chavez of Perry. He participated in PHS football, cross country, basketball, track, Student Council, individual and large group speech, PHS Mock Trial team, drama, prom committee and Al Exito. King Jay plans to study criminal justice at Simpson College.

The queen’s court was composed of Shelby de la Cruz, the daughter of Jorge de la Cruz and Esthela Vazquez; Ainsley Marburger, the daughter of Dan Marburger and Elizabeth Marburger; Claire Southward, the daughter of Jason Southward and Faye Southward; and Aubree Tasler, the daughter of Darin Tasler and Raina Whitfield.

The king’s court was composed of Abner Rivera, the son of Delfina Zepeda; Zach Darr, the son of Lemm Darr and Kim Darr; Miguel “Pachi” Sierra, the son of Miguel Sierra and Reyna Sierra; and Riese Archer, the son of Jim Archer and Ruth Archer and Gretchen DeHeer and Brice DeHeer.

Queen Cindy and King Jayson received their royal regalia from 2019 PHS Homecoming Queen Hannah Peterson and Homecoming King Sean Parnell.

The football game was played, but COVID-19 restrictions cancelled this year’s Homecoming parade, coronation assembly, bonfire and dance. The Class of 2021 will instead host a Saturday carnival from 7 p.m. until midnight at Dewey Field.

Seniors only will begin their fun by visiting the Perry Performing Arts Center for a hypnotist performance.

No admission will be charged, and the event is open to Perry students only. Recent alumni are welcome, especially those from the Class of 2020, who had much of their senior year disrupted by the pandemic.

Attendees will be asked to congregate in groups no larger than 12, and each group will be issued a colored wrist band.

There will be a variety of activities and games scattered about the venue. Time allotments will be kept, and each group will move from one area to the next on a rotating basis, thus helping to ensure smaller groups and easier enforcement of social distancing.

A DJ and photo booth will be among the individual areas, as will corn hole, ring toss and other traditional carnival games.

The Perry Booster Club will be offering a free sack meal. Concessions are likely to be available later in the evening.

In the event of rain Saturday, the event will proceed and will be scattered along the hallways in both the Perry High and Middle schools.

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