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Riverbank Honors Homecoming Royalty
Foreign exchange student Marie Lamo of Norway, who is attending Riverbank High School this year, was crowned Winter Homecoming Queen during Friday evening ceremonies at the school.

Lamo said after finishing high school here, she plans to go back to Norway and finish her education. She plays on the basketball team for RHS. Her favorite quotation is "All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them." Her favorite memory is deciding to become an exchange student. It's the best decision she's ever made, she added.

Last year's queen Alisha Borges returned to crown Lamo at halftime of the Bruins' varsity basketball game against Modesto Christian. Lamo was escorted by her host mother Lynee Baldonado.

Other competitors who appeared in the high school gym to compete for the queen title included Jessica Guerrero, escorted by her father Bonifacio Guerrero; Brenda Gonzalez, escorted by Elisco Gonzalez; Monica Guzman escorted by her father Polo Guzman; and Dominique Jennings escorted by Mario Moreno.

The Homecoming King selected was Anthony Navarette, announced Thursday evening at halftime of a dodge ball game between students and staff. Other nominees for King were Dominic Mulky, Jose Luise, Dalton Wiotysiak and Daniel Ramos.

Among the Queen candidates, Guerrero plans to attend the Paul Mitchell beauty school after graduation. At RHS, she is involved in wrestling, Future Homemakers of America, Yearbook and the Art Club. Her favorite high school memory is winning her first wrestling match and taking home a medal.

"I felt like one tough cookie," she said.

Gonzalez has been involved in cross country and ballet folklorico at RHS. She plans to attend a four-year university and train to become a pediatrician.

Guzman is the scorekeeper for the boys' basketball team and involved in Yearbook. After high school she plans to go to college to become a probation officer. Her favorite quote is "never regret anything because at one point it was exactly what you wanted."

Jennings takes part at RHS in cheerleading, tennis, the Upward Bound program and the Leadership program. After graduation, she wants to attend college in Hawaii. Her favorite quotation is "Mo' money, mo' problems."

The selection of King and Queen helped culminate a busy week of activities, including dress up days and spirit competition.