GLEN ROSE – Who’s your drum major, Glen Rose?
In recent years, it’s been either the Homecoming queen or king. This year, it was both.
Glen Rose High School band members filled both positions as of Sept. 9 when Cassi Niedziela was named queen and Scott Gossett was chosen king when the Tigers took on Mineral Wells for their 2016 Homecoming contest.
“It’s actually been a tradition here the last three years that someone with the band would win king or queen,” Gossett said.
Gossett noted that Devan Elliott was named Homecoming queen last year, and Trey Sexton was Homecoming king two years ago. They, like Niedziela and Gossett, were drum majors.
“It’s really cool that the school supports that, and us as leaders of the band,” Niedziela said – noting that the third drum major in the GRHS band this year is Juvia Flores.
Gossett said that before the king and queen names were announced at halftime of the Homecoming game, assistant band director Ben Holmes gave him a hard time – in a good-natured way, of course.
“He said to keep up the tradition, or don’t come back,” Gossett said.
Niedziela noted, “All of our band directors are really funny and it’s always a positive environment.”
Not only are Niedziela and Gossett both drum majors and four-year band members, they both play the trumpet.
The other 2016 Homecoming queen nominees were Emileigh Cantwell, Jaylan Evans, Sophie Bozarth and Hannah Andrews.
The other king nominees were Dietrick James, Kully Reynolds, Ethan Hartman and Matthew Willis. The Homecoming court was rounded out by princesses Laiken McAnear, Bryanna Lytle and Shelby Simpson.
Niedziela said she is currently ranked No. 1 academically in the senior class. Her goal is to attend New York University, possibly to study chemistry.
Gossett is starting his second year as a member of the Tigers’ varsity tennis team. As a junior last year, he was on a doubles team that placed third in district.