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Royalty Tapped For Homecoming
Alisha Borges was named Winter Homecoming Queen of Riverbank High and Wacey Vernon chosen Homecoming King during celebrations this past week.

Borges is involved in wrestling, soccer, Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC), Step by Step, Hispanic Youth Leadership Committee and Leadership Class.

Borges' most embarrassing moment, the crowd learned at Friday's announcement, was when she was at soccer and thought she had lost her phone. The whole team stopped to look for it and it turned out it was in her boot.

After graduating from high school, she plans to enter the U.S. Marine Corps and become a homicide detective.

Her mother is Evelyn Cuevas and she was escorted at the crowning ceremony on Friday evening by her grandfather, Giacomo Longo.

Vernon, the son of Gary and Cheryl Vernon, plays varsity basketball for the school, participates in the NJROTC, is an Eagle Scout and helps coach both church and city youth league basketball.

Following graduation, he plans to attend Modesto Junior College and then move to a four-year university with the aim of becoming a lawyer.

In his spare time, his father noted, he is rebuilding a 2005 Mustang automobile.

The Queen was selected by student body vote from five candidates, namely Mariella Vigil, Karly Martinez, Monique Norat, Tempest Robertson and Borges and the King named out of a group including Jerry Albor, Zack Gonzales, Ivan Manriquez, Eddie Sanchez and Vernon.

The Homecoming King was supposed to be announced at a dodge ball game on Thursday evening. But that was cancelled for lack of players, said Student Activities Director Christina Perez. So Vernon was named at a rally on Friday afternoon.

Queen Borges was crowned at halftime of the varsity basketball game, a win against Orestimba, that same evening. (See story, photos in Sports, page A18.)

During the week, students dressed on a different theme each day centering on superheroes like Spiderman, Batman, The Incredible Hulk and Capt. America and gathered for lunchtime games and competitions.

Each class decorated a section of the Ray Fauria Gym where the evening events were held. This year's section winner was the Sophomore class.

The spirit award for the class that earned the most points in dress days, lunchtime activities and section decorations combined went to the seniors.