Dayton announces 2018 homecoming king and queen
A disappointing loss on the gridiron didn’t ruin the excitement on the field at halftime for the announcement of the homecoming court at Bronco Stadium Friday night.
The Broncos fell to 0-4 on the season, but turned in a brave effort coming from behind to almost defeat their rivals Barbers Hill, falling 31-28.
After a full week of festivities and critical voting, the King and Queen for the 2018 Homecoming Court at Dayton High School was announced Friday night during halftime of the football game.
The homecoming activities are planned by the student council with assistance from Debra Stephenson and Sarah Thibodeaux and their family and community services class.
Senior Johnny Hoy was crowned as DHS 2018 Homecoming King at Friday afternoon’s pep rally.
Johnny Hoy is the son of Mike and Sherisa Hoy and the brother of Michael Hoy. He is number 65 on the Dayton Broncos football team, and a varsity powerlifter. He is also a Junior Ambassador for the Dayton Chamber of Commerce, and a member of four national honor societies, and the Dayton FFA chapter. Johnny would like to thank his family for all their support and his Bronco peers for voting him for the 2018 Homecoming King.
During halftime festivities Friday night, McKenzie Lujan was crowned the 2018-2019 Dayton High School Homecoming Queen by last year’s queen Daniela Serna.
McKenzie is the daughter of Mauricio and Jennifer Lujan, and sister of Carlie and Kaylie. McKenzie has an outgoing personality and enjoys socializing with her friends and family. McKenzie loves expressing her creativity through cosmetics and all things girly. She believes in setting goals and reaching them through hard work and dedication. After graduation, she will attend Lone Star College and purse her career as a radiologist. McKenzie would like to thank her peers for voting her as the 2018 Queen. McKenzie was escorted by her father Mauricio Lujan.
The 2018 Homecoming Court consists of band, cheer, dazzler, football and FFA sweethearts. The freshman, sophomore and junior classes have elected a duchess to represent their respective classes while the senior class has chosen three candidates for Homecoming Queen.
Here’s the other candidates, beaus and sweethearts and their bios.
--The Dayton High School Bronco Band has chosen as their sweetheart, Liliana Torres. Liliana has been chosen as this year’s Band Sweetheart. She is the daughter of Guadalupe and Cornelio Torres and the sister of Analí Torres and Meliza Aguilera. Liliana plays the clarinet as a proud member of the Dayton High School Bronco band. She is involved in the National Honor Society and Student Council, and she is the president of HOSA. Additionally, Liliana competes in cross country and track. After completing high school, Liliana’s goal is to attend Texas Lutheran University for four years and major in biology. Liliana was escorted by her father Cornelio Torres.
Alberto Hernandez is the Band Beau. Alberto is the son of Alberto Hernandez and Maria Acosta, and brother of Avril and Arturo Hernandez. Alberto plays saxophone for the Mighty Bronco Band. He enjoys playing board and video games with the boys and making people laugh with memes and jokes. After high school, Alberto is planning to attend the University of Houston and major in computer information systems.
--The Dayton High School Bronco Cheerleaders have chosen as their sweetheart, Jordan Brook Cantrell. Jordan is the daughter of Troy and Stacy Cantrell, and the sister of Katelynn and Kayla. Jordan is involved in several extracurricular activities such as the National Honor Society, the Science National Honor Society, the National English Honor Society, and the National Technical Honor Society. She is the President of Quill and Scroll International Journalism Honor Society, as well as Editor and Chief of the Dayton Stampede Yearbook. Jordan is a three-year letterman and was named varsity cheer captain this year. Post-graduation, Jordan plans on cheering at Texas Christian University or Baylor University, pursuing a career in petroleum engineering. Jordan was escorted by her father Troy Cantrell.
--The Dayton High School Bronco Dazzlers have chosen as their sweetheart, Alyssa Ottaviani. Alyssa Ottaviani is the granddaughter of Joe and Earla Ottaviani. Alyssa is a 4-year member of the Dazzlers Dance team, served as co-captain for one year and captain for two years. During her years at Dayton High School, she has participated in Dayton High School concert choir, National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, and PALs. Alyssa hopes to attend college in the fall and major in psychology. Alyssa was escorted by her papa, Joe Ottaviani.
--The 2018 Dayton Bronco Football team has elected Mariana Avalos as their sweetheart. Mariana Avalos is the daughter of Octaviano and Leticia Chavez and the sister of Dayana, Anthony, and Eric Chavez. Mariana is a member of NHS, NEHS, SNHS, and HOSA. She has also been a member of the student athletic training program for three years. After graduating Mariana plans to attend Sam Houston State University and pursue the career of a pediatric nurse. Mariana was escorted by her father Octaviano Chavez.
--The Dayton FFA Chapter has elected Mikayla Hajdik as their sweetheart. Mikayla is the daughter of Michael and Stacy Hajdik and the sister of Kali Keck. Mikayla is an active member of the FFA. She has participated in milk judging, livestock shows, and home economics. During high school Mikayla has been attending Lee College and will start her career in cosmetology after she graduates spring 2019. Mikayla was escorted by her father Mike Hajdik.
--The Freshman Class has elected Stephanie Lopez as their duchess. Stephanie is the daughter of Carlos Lopez and Eloisa Rodriguez. Throughout her school years Stephanie has been a part of BPA, UIL, cross country, and theatre. She is a current member of FCCLA, student council, and the Spanish Club. Her dream career is to be an orthodontist. Her past achievements include qualifying for state, two years in a row, for Business Professionals of America and placing 1st in Admin Support Team, Presentation Management Team, and Spreadsheet Applications. Stephanie was escorted by Damian Rodriguez.
--The Sophomore Class has elected Lanie Graves as their duchess. Lanie is the daughter of Joe Graves and Danielle Roe and sister of current Bronco students Landon Graves and Madison Mitchell. Lanie is a Dayton High School Varsity Cheerleader, and life-long resident of Dayton. Throughout her years of school, Lanie has been involved in many FFA and 4H opportunities. She is passionate about cheering, spending time with friends and family, and helping anyone in need. After graduating Lanie would like to attend Sam Houston University to study animal science and would someday like to become a veterinarian. Lanie was escorted by her father Joe Graves.
--The Junior Class has chosen Molly Carter as their duchess. Molly is the daughter of Shari Carter and is the sister to her brothers Johnnie Carter, Joshua Hostetler and Lucas Hostetler. She is a giving person who loves animals and the war-torn children of the world. Throughout her school years she has been a part of MC JROTC, cheerleading, track and golf. Her favorite activities include cheerleading, modeling, and saving stray animals. Her dream career is to become an entrepreneur, building her own businesses. Her past achievements include UCA All-American cheerleader, inducted into the National Art Honor Society and graduating from Barbizon, USA modeling and acting. Molly was escorted by her grandfather Ralph Heap, retired Navy.
--One of the Senior Class Homecoming candidates was Tonya’ Adams. Tonya’ Adams is the daughter of Tona Ligons and the granddaughter of Wayne Ligons. She has lived in Dayton all her life. After she graduates high school, Tonya’ plans to attend Prairie View A&M University and major in engineering. With a solid career and a great paying job, her dream is to travel the world. She was escorted by a family friend, Jimmie Cullars.
--The second Senior Class Homecoming candidate was Brooke Alley. Brooke is the daughter of Kevin and Renea Alley and sister of former Broncos Dustin and P-nut Alley. Brooke has achieved many successes while attending DHS but has most enjoyed her time cheering. She is a four-year DHS cheerleader and the 2018-2019 Co-Captain for the Varsity Cheer Squad. She is also a member of HOSA. After graduation, Brooke is planning on attending Sam Houston State University and pursuing a career as a pediatric nurse. Brooke was escorted by her father Kevin Alley.
--The Freshman Duke is Jerome Paige. Jerome is the son of Ms. Gums and the brother of Zarie Gums. He is fun, outgoing, obnoxious but appreciated. English is his favorite subject, but his favorite class is theatre. Jerome is a member of the freshman football team. His future aspirations include becoming an entrepreneur and his interests include reading, football, and writing.
--The Sophomore Duke is Noe Padron, Jr. Noe is the son of Julia and Noe Padron and brother of Valerie and best friends with Karina Rodriguez. Noe is a proud Dayton Bronco and is on the varsity tennis team. He is also a member of the student council and Spanish Club. He also likes to take photos. Noe believes that the key to success is to try your best at everything and you will do fine in life.
--The Junior Duke is Gaven Bennett. Gaven is the grandson of Susan and Glenn Bennett. He is a linebacker for the Dayton Broncos football team and throws the shot put for the varsity track team. He enjoys going home after practice and making family and friends laugh. Gaven enjoys talking about God, and he believes that God is the key to success.
--Benjamin Cruz was one of the King candidates. Benjamin was born in New York but raised in Texas. Benjamin has four brothers and four sisters. Diego Cruz, Jonathan Herrera, and Joanna Herrera attend DHS as well. After graduating, Benjamin will be attending Rice University to pursue his dream of becoming the 2036 United States President. He is currently a member of DHS Debate Team, BPA, and UIL.