By Ayanna Suber, News Reporter

On February 1, 2013, Keenan took on the Eau Claire Shamrocks for the Coming Home game. During halftime of the Varsity Boys’ basketball game, the winners for Coming Home were announced.

The Second Runner-up for Coming Home Prince was Junior DaQuan Thompson, First Runner-up was Junior D’Vaungh Kelley and the 2013 Coming Home Prince was Junior Nathaniel Nelson. Nelson said he was excited that he won the title of Coming Home Prince.

“If I could change one thing about my campaign, it would be to buy more doughnuts because the people…I promised to give one didn’t get any,” Nelson said.

Nelson said running for Coming Home was a good way for people to get to know him around the school.

Next to be announced was the Coming Home Princess.  The Second Runner-up for Coming Home Princess was Junior Jasmine Tucker, First Runner-up was Junior Diamond Covington and the 2013 Coming Home Princess was Junior Kana Hayashi.

Junior Kana Hayashi (left) is escorted by Senior Jeremy Austin (right) at the Coming Home Pep Rally. Hayashi, an exchange student from Japan, was later crowned Coming Home Princess. Hayashi is staying with Senior Tyona Mack and Junior Mia Mack. Photo courtesy Kana Hayashi.

Hayashi said she was surprised and happy that many people stood up and screamed for her. Hayashi said at first she really didn’t want to run for Coming Home because she wasn’t that type of person, but she is now glad that she did run.

“It was the most amazing experience ever,” Hayashi said.

Hayashi said the she really didn’t do anything for her campaign. Her sister, Senior Tyona Mack, and friend, Senior Chelsea Johnson, helped her out.

“Making t-shirts, posters, flower pens, candies and lots more…and so many other people cheered for me [and] said ‘Vote for Kana’ in the class,” Hayashi said.

What Hayashi said she enjoyed most about running for the title of Coming Home Princess was walking in the pep rally and walking in the game. She said she thought she couldn’t stand everyone looking at her walk. She said she was surprised at how many people screamed for her. The thing she said she was worried about the most was falling down.

“I just remembered one more thing; I could make friends with many people that I know at the time. I really enjoyed Coming Home!” Hayashi said.