Redefining Royalty: Three Homecoming Princesses on Tradition and Popularity


Photo credit Crystal Sung.

Brigid Ambuul, Reporter

When it comes to the homecoming court, Hollywood tends to paint a glamorously unrealistic picture of the typical candidates for princess — bubblegum-smacking, one-dimensional queen bees who fight tooth and nail for the title of Homecoming Queen. This year’s winners are proof that these stereotypical standards don’t always apply.

Junior princess Colette Breda is among the candidates. “I thought it was really cool this year because there were so many different [winners],” Breda said. “It wasn’t just the popular group or the nice group … It’s just a bunch of random people.”

Breda isn’t the first in her family to have gained a spot on the homecoming court. All three of her brothers before her — Joseph, Peter and David — were homecoming princes in years past, two of which were voted Homecoming Kings during their senior years.

Breda recounts that they’d teased her about continuing the family tradition. “They were like, ‘Colette, if you don’t get [on the] homecoming court, we’re going to be so disappointed in you.’”

Senior Danielle Pigeon has also had a winning sibling: Faith Pigeon, the 2015 Homecoming Queen.

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Danielle recalls with a grin the the Homecoming Assembly of 2015, where her sister was announced as a princess, during Danielle’s sophomore year. “When my sister was nominated, I was so excited. That was my favorite homecoming assembly ever,” Pigeon said. “I liked it when my sister won more [than when I won], because I could cheer her on and tell my friends ‘Vote for Faith! Vote for Faith!’ I feel like if I did that for myself, that would be very weird.”

Other members of this year’s homecoming court, namely senior Janet Batten, have carried on their own tradition. Batten won junior princess last year, and being called up again this year was evidently even “more surprising”

“Most of the students are like, ‘Oh, now you’re very popular here at school.’ …  I didn’t know I was a popular kid,” Batten said.

Being called “popular” seems foreign to these three girls, even after being nominated by popular vote for their positions on court.

Breda attributes her win to Classical’s small size when compared to surrounding public schools. “Our school is way smaller, so if you vote for someone it could actually be the person that you vote for and not some random popular person. [Y]our chances of getting it are way higher.”

Pigeon considers herself the representative of the “underdogs.” “Being on court can bring lights to the people that maybe aren’t the most well-known, but are still really cool people who are so interesting,” Pigeon concludes. “I get to show that the majority of the time, the least popular people are the people that are the most driven and the most interesting and awesome.”