Seniors Serena Dantzler and Will Breeding were crowned Carson High School’s 2021 Winterfest queen and king Friday night in the gym during a ceremony closed to the public and limited to a few family members only.
Photo by Jessica Garcia.
Carson High School seniors Will Breeding and Serena Dantzler had jovial comments to all of their student peers after being crowned the 2021 Winterfest King and Queen Friday.
“Don’t worry about living up to our legacy,” Breeding said. “You can go your own way.”
“I expected it the whole time, don’t be sad,” Dantzler said. “Jealousy is a disease.”
The king and queen were crowned with a full court of princes and princes of freshmen to juniors in Carson High’s gym. Limited family members and faculty members were allowed in with a handful of the school’s Reserved Officer Training Course students greeting the students by groups at a time until Breeding and Dantzler were finally named. This year’s theme was “Destination Unknown.”
The ninth grade Winterfest candidate girls were Corinne Ternau, Jessica Artz and Hailey Osborne; ninth grade candidate boys were Edgar Fausto, Michael Hoffer and David Stoffer; 10th grade candidate girls were Sydney Romeo and Anika Corder; 10th grade candidate boys were Lucas Gonzalez, Trevor Britt and Nate Crossman; 11th grade candidate girls were Julia Kaiser, Reese MacKenzie and Hannah Walker; 11th grade candidate boys were Denton Fitzpatrick, Jacob Campbell and Wesley Dunkin; 12th grade candidate girls were Camille Larkin, Emma Peterson, Emma Tuttle, Kira Grist, Serena Danzler and Abby Golik; and the 12th grade candidate boys were Ryan Graunke, Isaac Harrison, Max Gunkel, Sebastian Krueger, Will Breeding and Levi Woods.
The princes and princesses were Ternau, Stoffer, Corder, Trevor Britt, MacKenzie and Dunkin.
CHS’s Winterfest senior candidates are presented before the crowning Friday night, including Corinne Ternau and Wesley Dunkin, ninth grade princess and prince, tenth grade princess and prince Anika Corder and Trevor Britt, senior queen and king Will Breeding and Serena Dantzler, and eleventh grade princess and prince Reese MacKenzie and Wesley Dunkin.
Carson High students vote for their classmates, with each class voting for their class level and senior candidates, according to leadership adviser Ann Britt, who helps to organize the annual event.
“I think it turned out pretty good,” Britt said. “I’m really happy. We had no activities where we could get people together.”
Britt said it was important to carry on at least a few familiar traditions for the students even if the year’s most significant social events have been impacted by the pandemic and there are fewer students on campus daily.
“It was a little stressful with all the regulations and everything we had to do, but I’m just glad my school supports me and we were able to make it happen at least for a handful of parents and these kids,” Britt said. “I know a lot of schools aren’t doing a whole lot right now, so I’m just doing anything we can do to try to make it as normal as possible.”
Winterfest typically invites students and faculty members to participate in dress-up days, decorate the campus, hold pep rallies and play music and games, all of which still happened as usual, Britt said.
Dantzler said overall, this year’s program was “a lot more laidback” than it might have been.
“It was rigged from the beginning,” she said jokingly.
The challenge was keeping in contact with most of the students and getting the word out, she said.
“The FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) did a virtual talent show, which was fabulous, so they were at least do an activity and be a part of it,” Britt said.
Given the circumstances, however, she said she was satisfied with Friday’s turnout for families and hopes to plan one of the year’s culminating events to make the students proud this spring.
“We’re here,” she said. “We’re going to keep moving forward, and hopefully we’re going to get a prom out. Our plan is to still try to plan a prom and have something for these kids.”
CHS’s Winterfest senior candidates stand with their chaperones before a limited number of family members before the king and queen are announced Friday night. Jessica Garcia/Nevada Appeal