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Homecoming King, Queen Crowned
Kevin So and Irene Castillo have been crowned the Winter Homecoming King and Queen in separate ceremonies at Riverbank High School.

So was chosen out of a field of five contestants at Thursday's dodge ball game and Castillo was announced as queen at halftime of the Friday night varsity basketball game against Hughson.

The son of Nate and Solia Martinez, Kevin So was escorted by his mother at Thursday's event. At RHS, So enjoys learning about history and hanging out with friends in his free time. Next year he plans on attending a four-year university or Modesto Junior College but is undecided on a major.

Castillo is the daughter of Thomas Alberto and Socorro Castillo and was escorted by her father on Friday. She currently holds a 3.8 grade point average and rates math and Spanish as her favorite subjects; especially enjoying Spanish because she "feels the energy of the Spanish culture" is hers.

Throughout her four years at Riverbank High, Castillo has been involved in volleyball, basketball and softball. She particularly likes working with the children in youth league basketball.

To the underclassmen, she advised: "Be the person you want to be. Don't let others make you something else." For the ladies, she recommended: "Don't let others push you around to earn their respect."

The five candidates competing for the title of Queen were Janette Ruiz, Karina Duarte, Kacie Alpers, Lizbeth Gomez and Castillo.

The five male hopefuls contesting for the King title included Octavio Vigil, Jose Ramos, Frank Villasenor, Evan Gunther and So.