Livia, Gus to reign

The crowd went wild as Gustavo Gasca and Livia Oberender were crowned Webster City High School Homecoming King and Queen Thursday at Boom Night.

Students, parents, faculty and community members packed the Prem Sahai Auditorium for boom night, which featured several performances by the Cheerleading squad, skits from students and faculty, and the induction of Kevin Kennedy and Matt Tharp into the Webster City Athletic Hall of Fame.

Each of the 11 Homecoming Court members were introduced and walked down the isles of the auditorium to the stage. During her time in High School, Oberender has been involved in chorus, Special Olympics, and much more. She said her favorite “Lynx moments” at Webster City High School were being with her friends and being chosen to be on Homecoming Court. Gasca is involved in Spanish Club and is a member of the Webster City High School football team among other activities. His favorite moment was driving coach Bob Howard’s golf cart his junior year.

Several athletic teams were also introduced at Boom Night, including the football team, the cross-country team and the volleyball team. Swimmers who were away for a competition were also recognized.

The student classes at Webster City High School hosted skits, including a “Lynxnado,” a student playing coach Howard dancing a group of rival Cadet zombies to death, and a take on the movie “Mean Girls.” Faculty also hosted a skit which poked fun at other faculty and administration members.

Coach Howard welcomed Kennedy and Tharp to the stage to discuss their induction into the Hall of Fame. Tharp was active in football, track, basketball and baseball at Webster City High School. He graduated with the class of 2002, and was selected as a first team receiver in all-state and was the most valuable player for the team in 2001. The 2002 track team was the NCC champion in 2002, and he also was all-state that year. He later attended the University of Northern Iowa.

Kennedy was a three-year letterman for the Webster City High School football team from the class of 1971, with 48 rushing touchdowns and 306 total points scored during his High School career. Kennedy also was a two-year letterman in basketball and baseball, and three-year letterman in track. He went on to attend college at South Dakota State and was the leading rusher and senior year captain.

Many of the speakers wished good luck to the football team, who will play the Iowa Falls Cadets tonight at 7:30 p.m.