A tradition that began as far back as World War II continued on Friday evening at Wellington High School. Following the boys varsity basketball game, the 2015-2016 Duke of Wellington was crowned in front of approx. 1,000 people who hung around after the games to see who this year's DUKE would be! What a group of candidates too! A couple weeks ago, the Senior Girls nominated Julian Cornejo, Wesley Gilmore, Connor Phelps, Jared Shields and Nate Ybarra as this school year's candidates - all "5" are fine young men, all "5" very well known and liked.
With suspense in the air and the crowd on the edges of their seats, MC Cameron Bartelson announced: ".....the 2015-2016 WHS Duke of Wellington is JULIAN CORNEJO!" There was a roar from the crowd and a big smile from Julian himself and his escort Alexis Hinman. The other candidates and their escorts (Madi Adams, Ryleigh Buck and Baylee DeJarnett) were quick to congratulate their friend Julian as Duchess Dietra Sober (crowned earlier in the school year during football season) presented the new Duke with his sash and an autographed basketball and crown and PRESTO - the reign of Julian began!!
Congratulations to Julian Cornejo, son of Jamie and Maria Cornejo and all the candidates and their escorts, including also Seniors Skyler Struble and McKenna Oathout who tended to the children basketball and crown bearers! It was a spendid coronation with a royal result!! It's great to be a Crusader!
Earlier Friday, it was the annual WHS DUKE PEP ASSEMBLY out at WHS - the candidates were introduced in a myriad of ways, different contests were held and SPIRIT WEEK winners were announced!