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Kafui Sakyi-Addo: An Interview with the 2018 Homecoming Queen

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Alex Huynh, Writer

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Probably the most exciting event for a high school student during the fall semester just came and went: Homecoming. There’s a lot to look forward to during this ecstatic and stressful time, like building up the courage to ask a certain someone, preparing the proper attire, planning out the night’s destinations, and most importantly: the king and queen. At least once a student’s life, they fantasize about winning such a title, wondering what it would feel like. Well, now we can ask the 2018 Homecoming queen, Kafui Sakyi-Addo, herself.

What is a Homecoming Queen,  and what does it mean to be one?

“I think of the Homecoming King and Queen as a representation of the student body of a school. Considering the sheer number of girls in my grade, I was really surprised to be put on the Homecoming Court, and even more surprised to be selected as Homecoming Queen. For me, it means that there’s a place for every child of an immigrant who’s felt out of place before, every kid who dares to be bold and pursue the arts, and every kid who looks different from the people around them, and that those people don’t have to feel alone. I feel honored to stand with them and represent that.”

How did you feel when you won and how do you feel now about the honor?

“I was completely surprised when they said my name. I kind of thought that I was hearing wrong or something at first, but when Mrs. Lambert was helping me out on the sash and crown, and Mr. Parker was handing me an insanely large array of flowers, and I just felt really happy and blessed. Afterwards, my friends swarmed all around me and were screaming and asking for pictures, and I just felt so grateful for them. I’m really thankful to have been given this honor, and I’m especially thankful that God has allowed me to be a light in the world, and that others are receptive to that. I’m honestly just trying to be a reflection of God’s love; that’s who I am.”

Were you confident that you would win?

“Definitely not. All of the ladies that were on court with me are incredibly kind and insanely gorgeous, so I had a few theories about who may win, but I definitely wasn’t expecting it to be me.”

Now that you’re Homecoming Queen, is there anything you want to say to your fellow peers?

“I’m just really thankful. I feel honored to have the friendships and to know the people I do, and I’m going to do my best to represent Bob Jones well.”

And that’s how it feels. Congratulations Kafui on winning this year’s Homecoming Queen. You truly deserve the title and without a doubt you are a positive representation for our school.

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