Homecoming queen shares crown with student facing cancer
By: Sydney Holmes | Published: Nov. 1, 2019
A special moment was shared with Lake Highlands students before this year’s Homecoming game: A king was crowned… but so were two queens.
On Friday, Oct. 18, Brady Hernandez was crowned as king and Sheila Tume as queen. By the end of the night, Tume had announced she would share her crown with Brooke Sesler, a LHHS choir student currently battling cancer.
The majority of the Lake Highlands community came out to the Wildcat-Ram Stadium to see the varsity football team play against W.T. White. All ages, races, and generations flooded the stands to see their favorite high school team compete. It was a good thing everyone showed up, because the Wildcats victoriously defeated the Longhorns 49-0, the best score since the season started.
One famous tradition that took place before the game was the annual crowning of the Homecoming court. To start off the event, the previously named freshman, sophomore, and junior court winners came on the field, escorted by their parents. Then all 10 (five girls and five boys) of the senior nominees walked onto the field.
The senior Homecoming nominees for king were Brady Hernandez, Jack Hutton, George Chandler, Sergio Castro. The senior Homecoming nominees for queen were Lizzie Arnold, Sheila Tume, Holland Klemchuk, Lauren Moran, Brooke Sesler, and Zoe O’Donnell.
Brooke Sesler, one of the nominees, was diagnosed with Leukemia and has been fighting it with help from many fundraisers and prayers from the LH community. Sesler has not been in school all semester but is still in the hearts and minds of her classmates. Once the announcement was made that Brady Hernandez had won king and that Sheila Tume won queen, the audience started clapping, but stopped once the man on the loudspeaker spoke again.
He started off by stating that Sesler had gotten second place, with a very small difference in votes. He then said that Tume had come up with an idea earlier that afternoon, asking that if she ended up winning the title of queen, she would share it with Sesler.
Tume had no idea if she would actually win because she knew the heart behind her school and all the votes that would be for Sesler. There was a second crown that Tume placed on Sesler’s head, followed by a hug between the two.
“Many were under the impression that I didn’t want the title, which was partially true,” Tume said. “Homecoming should be celebratory and we needed to celebrate the queen that came back home, hence the name Homecoming, and let her know that we all supported her. The thought came to me immediately after a pep rally and in a situation like that one, I didn’t believe that a vote needed to happen. There was no one that was more deserving than Brooke,” Tume said.
I’m This act was something out of a kind heart and a true role model. Many tears were shed throughout the Boneyard, specifically between the now two Homecoming queens.
This double-crowning will go down in LHHS’ history, and will never be forgotten.