Prince Miguel Herrera
Q: What is it like being on the homecoming court during the current pandemic?
A: “It’s definitely interesting because it doesn’t give us the same feel [it normally does] since homecoming is a really big thing here. It’s nice we’re still in it, but it’s really really different.”
Q: What does being on the homecoming court mean to you?
A: “When I was nominated I was like ‘OK, period.’ It’s a nice feeling knowing people voted for you and you get the opportunity to be on the court. It’s been a pattern since freshman year because I won class favorite freshman year, sophomore duke, junior class favorite and I’m striving for king this year.”
Q: How did you feel when you found out you were on the homecoming court?
A: “It feels good knowing people like you. I felt like ‘Oh my gosh, I actually made it.’”
Q: Have you always wanted to be on homecoming court? Why or why not?
A: “Yes, specifically senior year. I definitely wanted to be on it because I’m in Student Council so I know this is the biggest one. For prom elections, only the people that go to prom can vote, but for homecoming, everyone can vote. [So because of the significance], I really wanted to be on homecoming court.”
Q: How has COVID-19 impacted your senior year so far?
A: “It has made me really lazy. It’s sad but true. It made me lose motivation and want to graduate already. I still love coming to school, but it just ruined the way I see school. It’s the feeling of ‘Ugh, I have to wear a mask all day.’ It sucks the senior events will be different because last year as juniors we saw the seniors experience senior sunrise and that first day feeling as a senior. It’s sad there’s limits and I can’t even give someone a hug without getting yelled at.”
Q: Despite the circumstances, how will you make the best out of your senior year?
A: “Just being Miguel. I always try to look at the bright side of things and have a good time no matter what. We might not have a dance, but I’m still going to [show up to all the events] with a look and have fun. I want to just make the best out of it.”
Q: What are you most excited about regarding homecoming?
A: “The outfits are what I’m most excited about, but I’m also excited for the parade. We’ve never had a reverse parade, so it’s going to be interesting to see. Normally the parade is a really big thing here. It’s going to be interesting to see if the drive-by parade is going to be awkward or fun. I feel like once the music gets going we’ll have a good time.”
Q: Who/what inspired you to get involved in homecoming?
A: “The reason I wanted to be [involved in] homecoming is because I wanted to show people everyone can do it. It’s not always just the popular kids or football players. There are average people who get the position. Anyone can do it and that’s why I wanted to do it.”
Q: Throughout high school, what were you involved in? What was your favorite activity you were involved in and why?
A: “My main thing is Student Council. I love Student Council, and my heart has been in it for years and years. I like being behind the scenes. You’re the one putting up the stuff and planning the events. When we used to put on the homecoming dance, I was here in the morning [decorating]. When [you’re the one] putting on the actual dance, you feel like ‘I did that!’ Not necessarily for the credit, but it’s just a nice thing to do.”
Q: What will you miss most about high school when you graduate?
A: “I’ll miss seeing the people every day. The people are what really makes the school [the way it is]. Talking, relating and venting to each other on a daily basis is what I’ll miss. We won’t be able to share those experiences once we leave.”