Meet homecoming queen candidate Morgan Widhalm

Meet homecoming queen candidate Morgan Widhalm

Atreyo Ghosh

Senior Morgan Widhalm. Photo by Asa Lory
What was your reaction after hearing you were one of the nominees?
I was in calculus and all during that hour, I had just been like, ‘No Morgan, you’re not going to get it, there’s so many amazing girls in this school,’ and then they said Morgan Bumby first, and so I was like, ‘What? No, no, no, it’s not me,’ but then I heard my name, and at first I didn’t believe it, but then my hands started shaking, and then my friends at the table looked at me, and I was just trying to take in all of the information, it was crazy. It was amazing.
Did you want to be homecoming queen and how did you get people to vote for you?
I mean, which girl would not love being, you know, a princess, a queen. That’s what we’re brought up to love. For me, if anybody who knows me, I’m, like, school spirit to the max. I’m that crazy girl who dresses up way too much on spirit days, so yeah, my attitude going into it was that, I would love to have that experience, but what student council’s trying to do this year is really make it enjoyable for every person in the student body. In terms of getting people to vote for me, I didn’t tell anyone to vote for me, I really didn’t say anything about it. As part of student council, yeah, I would say ‘Hey people, don’t forget, there’s voting today, up until fourth hour.’ But I would just feel weird promoting myself, which kind of made it really special for me to get it. Not to diss anybody who had people say, ‘Hey, vote for me,’ because I know people really want that to happen, you just want to make sure your name’s out there. For me, I really tried not to say anything at all.
What do you think of this year’s theme for homecoming?
I really enjoy it. Being part of student council, the people who made the decision, what we were really trying to do was create a theme more people could get involved with, not one so specialized that only appeal to a subculture of Rock Bridge. One of the proposed ideas was ‘Across the Pond,’ which would do with British themes, which I personally would love that, but everyone has a red shirt in their closet, a blue shirt, and I really think this color theme will, if you see the entire school in that one color, it’s a really unifying thing.
How do you plan on involving the student body with the homecoming activities?
Well, in terms of lunch activities, I haven’t been involved with the queen committee; as a senior girl, we’re not allowed to. So I don’t know what’s going on there. But in terms of volunteering, I will be at as many volunteering things as I can, because I have the musical after school everyday, but I was actually going to start up a Facebook group and have people join to come with me on Thursday to go to the Food Bank, if indeed I can make it. But I really think it’s a great cause that we’re trying to do, not just celebrating ourselves, in terms of the school, or in terms of us nine candidates, but we’re celebrating the community and what we can do for them.
What school activities do you participate in?
I’m student body secretary, I’m in City Lights show choir, I’m in DECA, I’m in French Honors Society, I’m in National Honors Society, I’m part of the BruCrew, varsity acting squad, the drama club, and don’t know what it’s named yet this year, but the Harry Potter club. And I think that’s it. And student ambassadors.
Which homecoming activity do you look forward to the most?
That’s a hard one. I really, and I’ve been to the Food Bank before, so although that’ll be very satisfiying, it won’t really be new, I really look forward to playing at recess with the kids at Rock Bridge Elementary. Unfortunately, it’s just the queens, their escorts, and some of the football team, but I think it’ll be really fun to play with the kids, especially since they’re like little Rock Bridge kids, kinda close to us.
Which do you dread the most?
I can honestly say I will dread nothing about homecoming week. I am so excited about dressing up, volunteering, going to the game, and then the dance, going to both of them, I’m just going to love it all, it’s such an experience for me.
By Atreyo Ghosh