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Homecoming Royalty Crowned Friday
Looking suitably regal in a purple gown, Kristal Navarrette was crowned Homecoming Queen of Riverbank High School during halftime of the varsity football game against Delhi on Friday. The Bruins won, by the way, in a 51-6 rout. (See story in Sports, Page B1.)

Uriel Hernandez won the crown for the Homecoming King.

The freshmen carried off the class float award with a float based on the theme of Smooth Criminal in dressy colors of black and white. The Spirit Bear prize for the most points collected during dress-up days went to the seniors.

In a halftime ceremony put together by student body officers and their advisor Christine Perez, the class floats circled the field twice and the winners were named. Then the Homecoming Court of five girls and five boys rode up in fancy cars, were escorted to the platform in front of the new stadium and its capacity crowd and the King and Queen, as decided by student vote, declared.

Navarrette, the daughter of Araceli Mercado and Enrique Flores, has participated in soccer, the lip sync show and especially in cheerleading for the last four years.

The most inspirational person in her life, she said in reply to questions of the King and Queen candidates, is her mom, "because she always helped me reach my goals in life. She also gives me great advice that has helped me in life and she has led me to become the person that I am today."

The two things she always has to have with her, Navarrette added, are a phone because I love to text and "my friends who mean the world to me."

Her worst habit, she confessed, is waiting until the last minute and being really unprepared.

Hernandez, the son of Antonio and Gloria Hernandez, is currently involved in football. He was on crutches earlier in the week, however, and still limping at Homecoming.

He rated communication tools, his phone and iPod, as the two things he always has to have with him. His grandmother he considers the most inspirational person in his life.

"My worst habit is that I can be brutally honest," he added.

Other members of the Homecoming Court were the girls Naomi Villasenor, Estefania Zamora, Jessica McDonald and Lizzie Uscanga and the boys Jorge Gomez, Juan Harvey, Jose Moreno and Christian Vega.