Olivia McMillian

Princess Ashley Aragon

Q: What is it like being on the homecoming court during the current pandemic?
“Being part of the homecoming court during this pandemic is a little bit hard. It’s a tough experience because we don’t get to do as much as [we did] in past years. We aren’t able to walk through the field, the parade isn’t the same anymore [and] we can’t throw candy. It’s also disappointing we don’t have the dance to elaborate on [the experience].”

Q: What does being on the homecoming court mean to you?
“It’s something new [to me], especially as a senior. It’s [my] last year, it’s part of the high school experience. It’s something [I always] saw as a little girl, especially in the movies.” 

Q: How did you feel when you found out you were on the homecoming court?
“I was very excited, I didn’t expect it. It was something I did because, why not? My friends were texting me ‘Congrats,’ and I was like ‘Yay.’”

Q: Have you always wanted to be on homecoming court? Why or why not?
“No, because it really didn’t seem like my thing to do. But I decided to do it and it’s fun. It’s something different to experience.” 

Q: How has COVID-19 impacted your senior year so far?
“COVID has impacted the things I do. You don’t recognize faces that much. It’s hard to be close or hang out with people. The football games [aren’t the same] and most of my swim meets have been canceled. It’s sad.” 

Q: Despite the circumstances, how will you make the best out of your senior year?
“I try to [do] everything I can. I try to maintain my school spirit and being in Student Council helps a lot. Being everywhere and communicating with people, making new friends. Maybe [it] can’t be like before but it’s something.” 

Q: What are you most excited about regarding homecoming?
“I’m excited for the parade and all the cool cars. I’m also excited to [see people]. I know there are some people I haven’t been close [with], so maybe I can get close to them. [Also], the dresses, all the pretty dresses.”

Q: Who/what inspired you to get involved in homecoming?
“My friends, they inspired me. They were like ‘Yeah, you should do it. It’s a one-in-a-lifetime experience and you’re about to graduate.’ And my parents, as well.” 

Q: Throughout high school, what were you involved in? What was your favorite activity you were involved in and why?
“I’m involved in Student Council, swimming, National Honor Society, Interact, Team Unified Fit Club, HOSA and water polo. My favorite is probably swimming. That’s what I’ve been doing since freshman year and I’ve [made] a family there. The water is my happy place.” 

Q: What will you miss most about high school when you graduate?
“I’ll miss the people, I’ll miss the environment here. I’ll miss my friends. Especially because after you graduate it’s kind of hard to keep in contact with [people] when they’re all going [separate ways]. It’s sad, but I’ll find a way to remind people that they matter to me and I care for them.”

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