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Meet Aaron Guo and Kolbi Doss, the 2012 homecoming king and queen for Battlefield High School.
Guo, Doss named BHS king and queen for 2012
© Gainesville TimesMeet Aaron Guo and Kolbi Doss, the 2012 homecoming king and queen for Battlefield High School.
Similarities between the high royalty from the Class of 2013 are about as vast as their differences.
For Doss, Friday night marked the fourth time in her four years at BHS that her fellow students voted to name her a member of the homecoming court.
She joined fellow senior Tyler Harris as the only two seniors to be named to the court all four years. Doss counts a group of about 15 as her "closest friends" who are all set to cross the graduation stage in June.
"It was really nerve-racking," she said about standing on the track waiting to find out who won.
Then there's Guo.
Prior to Oct. 26, he never spent a homecoming with his name being read over the public address system.
Instead, as a member of the "best darn high school marching band in the land", as goes the Marching Bobcats tagline, he's simply performed while flushed out in a royal purple ensemble as a member of the "pit", or the non-marchers who play stationary instruments.
Guo said while standing near the entrance gate by the north end zone after taking the crown that he heard members of the band made it into the court in previous years.
However, from what he knew, no band member ever actually brought home the title of king or queen.
"It's bittersweet," he said of the moment, reckoning that the joy of taking home the robe and crown is matched by the acknowledgment that this is his last year at BHS.
He later added, "I've been told there were a couple that have been on the court before but I'm the first king."
While Doss and Guo come from different niches at Battlefield, the two are actually long-time friends that attended Gainesville Middle School together too.
Including Doss and Guo, eight seniors made up the 2012 court. The other six included Harris, Devon Esteban, Justuce Watson, George Andrews, Kristen Loehle and Dante Richardson.
For the juniors, Samantha Brosnahan, Jake Minues, Emma Thornberg, Tyler Ostrovecky, Mercedes Zuniga and Matt Dooley claimed top honors.
Holly Ingalls, Osawaru Oghaghon, Zoe Drew and Corey Parker all represented the sophomore class while Shelbyrose Harris, Victor Lourng, Brigid Sexton and Jake Agnos held the banner for the Class of 2016.
The homecoming nods for Esteban, Brosnahan and Dooley marked their third trip before the school-wide audience each.
Loehle, Ingallas, Oghabon, Ostrovecky and Parker each garnered their twice appearance.
"It's exciting," said Doss. "There are so many people that would like the honor."