Homecoming Royalty Crowned at West Orange High School
WEST ORANGE, NJ – Seniors Shane Donagher and Cara Baluzy were crowned Homecoming Royalty along with Honorary Royalty Nick Velazquez and Stephanie Bermeo on Oct. 7 in Suriano Stadium, where West Orange took on rival East Orange in the Homecoming Game.
The revamped gender-neutral, non-binary selection process was voted on last year by West Orange staff and students to be more inclusive of the diverse student body and allow all students to participate, appreciate and respect differences according to gender.
Organized by Assistant Principal Liz Veneziano, the Athletic Department, and the Class of 2023 advisors, the brief ceremony on the field recognized the Homecoming Court prior to the announcement of this year’s Royalty.
Interim Superintendent Dr. Lauren Schoen, Board of Education President Jenn Tunnicliffe, Principal Hayden Moore, incoming WOHS Principal Oscar Guerrero, and Acting Athletic Director Stephan Zichella were on the field to congratulate the court as announcements were made.