Best friends share Homecoming court

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS

Tucumcari High School seniors Kevin Garza and McKayla McKinney said they have been best friends for years. Now, in addition to sharing snickers, sodas and secrets, they get a chance to share the glory of being Tucumcari’s Homecoming King and Queen for Friday’s game and parade.

In addition to the Rattler game against the Dexter Demons, Friday’s activities include an entourage of Tucumcari students, teachers and supporters who will march from the high school to the front of Odeon Theatre starting at 1 p.m.

Once in front of the movie house, a pep rally full of entertainment, dancing, announcements and speakers will be held, according to student council sponsor Simon Gutierrez. The parade will also feature a host of floats — 11 of which had signed up by Monday and a deadline of 4 p.m. today to sign up new ones.

Of course, parade goers will also get a glimpse of McKinney and Garza, the royal couple for 2005 — complete with a set of crowns.

“I don’t know what they look like yet, but I know we get one,” Garza said of the headpiece he said he will not flinch at wearing. “It was overwhelmingly exciting when I found out I was nominated.”

He said it was especially thrilling since this is the first time in a long time a Tucumcari king has been chosen; usually the royal court only contains a matriarch.

But perhaps what Garza has learned in his favorite subject of history will help carry him through, as he has surely read of blue blood. He said if he could be the king of anything, it would be Spain (although he said he doesn’t speak Spanish).

One won’t catch Garza in a designer tux, but he said people will be able to recognize his usual outgoing manner.

“I’m pretty friendly to everybody,” Garza said as to why he was nominated.

McKinney, too, said she is quite sociable.

“I like talking to everybody and I don’t have any enemies,” said the animal lover who can often be found accompanied by her little rat terrier, Millie. McKinney said her favorite school subject is choir and, although she will not be singing at Friday’s affair, she said she is pumped.

“Just being nominated made me really excited,” she said.

One may, in fact, catch McKinney in a designer gown — or at least a fancy one, as she said she has about seven in her closet from which to choose.

“My mom and grandma always find sales and buy them,” she said. “I’ll probably pick pink.”

What: Tucumcari Homecoming parade
When: 1 p.m. on Friday
Where: Parade route starts at Tucumcari High School, travels north on Seventh Street to Hines; travels west on Hines to Second; travels north on Second to Center where it convenes in front of the Odeon Theatre for a pep rally and entertainment.
Last day to enter a float: 4 p.m. today by calling Simon Gutierrez or D’Shannon Mendez at 461-3830.