Congratulations to the 2020 homecoming court!

October 21, 2020

Gavin Richards

Zephyrus: What activities are you involved in?

Gavin Richards: I ski for Edina on the varsity team. I’m the captain this year. I’m a yearbook editor on Whigrean. I did business for all four years. Basically, it’s just dealing with everything that’s not physically in the book. I’m also a Hornet Mentor. Outside of school, I do Skijammers. I like being outdoors a lot, so I like skiing in general outside of the sport. I’m involved with my church. I do cathedral choir, which is five hours a week throughout the school year, performing on Wednesday and Sunday nights. I’m also in youth worship.

Z: What moment in high school influenced you the most?

GR: Last year, at the end, when we went online, there’s a quote that my teacher said. She said that although medical workers are exposed to the coronavirus daily and have a life tougher than most of us, we have every right to feel grief. I thought it was very applicable not only to Corona and our current state but all hardships we experience in life. That was definitely a highlight of high school, despite how simple it was.

Z: If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?

GR: Keanu Reeve’s ability in the Matrix of dodging a bullet or dodging a punch. I watched that movie last week. The finesse, the swagger, I wish I had it all.

Z: What actor would you want to play you in a movie about your life and why?

GR: Jim Carrey. He’s got the drama, he’s got the humor, and he could just put it all together.

Z: What does being on court mean to you?

GR: I did not expect to get it at all, but I think once I got on, I tried to treat it more as a privilege rather than an award. It’s something that I have that I shouldn’t take for granted. I shouldn’t fall short or slip away from who I actually am. It’s just kind of like recognition of “you are who you are,” and that’s good. People like you for that.

 

Conley Dowda

Zephyrus: What activities are you involved in? 

Conley Dowda: I’m on the Varsity Cheer team, design staff on Whigrean, boys soccer superfan, a student leader at CPC, and a EGAA junior board member. 

Zephyrus: If you were stranded on an island, what three things would you bring? 

CD: Justin Bieber, my dogs, a yacht. 

Zephyrus: What is your favorite fall activity? 

CD: I go to Minnetonka Orchards every fall so it’s a fun tradition I look forward to. 

Zephyrus: If you were a Disney princess, who would you be and why? 

CD: Ariel for sure. She’s always been my favorite Disney princess. 

Zephyrus: What does being on court mean to you? 

CD: It’s super cool that I was voted onto court by the people I’ve grown up with. It’s really exciting to be associated and spend time with this group of awesome people. 

 

Kalid Ahmed

Zephyrus: What activities are you involved in?

Kalid Ahmed: I play Varsity Football at Edina. Also this year I decided to get out of my comfort zone and join Model UN as it seemed very interesting to me. I also participate in things like house basketball and am a Hornettes manager.

Z: Who would you want to play you in the movie of your life?

KA: I’d want Chadwick Boseman to play me in a movie about my life. He was such a great actor and always made the best movies, always showing true and raw emotion.

Z: Where is your favorite place to order takeout from?

KA: One of my favorite places to get takeout from is The Hilltop. They serve a mean french dip and their fries are unbelievable.

Z: What is the number one thing on your bucket list?

KA: The number one thing on my bucket list is to go on a safari. I love animals and a safari with giraffes, rhinos, and zebras would be outstanding.

Z: What does being on court mean to you?

KA: Being on court means a lot. I try not to make the biggest deal out of it because I don’t think making court defines anyone as a person. The group of people around me are a good bunch and are all the best in their own ways. I am very thankful to have made it.

 

Audrey Nolen

Zephyrus: What activities are you involved in?

Audrey Nolen: Edina Student Council, S.A.F.E Club, 212 Cabinet, and TEC at St. Pats.

Z: What’s your favorite throwback song from your childhood?

AN: Probably “He Could Be the One” by Hannah Montana or “Promiscuous”.

Z: If you were a Disney character, who would you be?

AN: In quarantine, I’d be Rapunzel because I’m trapped in my house like [she is] in the castle.

Z: What is your dream job?

AN: A mental health lawyer.

Z: What does being on court mean to you?

AN: I’m really honored and I feel very loved and respected by the community. I moved to Edina in sixth grade and it’s nice to feel welcomed here.

 

Keegan Clark

Zephyrus: What activities are you involved in?

Keegan Clark: I’ve been on the yearbook staff for the last four years, I’m one of the head editors on the staff, so that’s one of my main activities. I’ve also been on the tennis team for the last four years, which I will be again this year. I’ve been really into taking ASL, I’ve taken that my whole time here. I also mentor at Edina, I’m part of the Science Club, just stuff like that.

Z: What’s your favourite movie or TV show and why?

KC: My favourite movie is “The Shawshank Redemption.” I think it’s just a great movie, it’s easy to watch, you know, it’s just super interesting.

Z: What’s your favourite animal and why?

KC: I feel like my favourite animal is definitely just dogs. There’s just no dogs that I don’t like, that’s probably why it’s my favourite animal.

Z: What’s your favourite food and why?

KC: I like sushi because I like to eat very out-there kind of foods like that; I don’t like to be a picky eater. It’s fun to go to different places in the world and get sushi and stuff like that. My friends think it’s kind of weird that I eat that, but it’s my favourite.

Z: What does being on court mean to you?

KC: This is amazing, it’s great. I was not expecting to be on court at all, I was just voting for all my friends. But to be on there and see that I was recognised by the school and to be voted on in such a big senior class, it just felt amazing that I was liked and respected in our community.

 

Sophie Shuster

Zephyrus: What activities are you involved in?

Sophie Shuster: I am an alpine skier, on a club team and on highschool, I play ultimate [frisbee] in the spring, I’m on 212, and I am on DECA.

Z: What has been your favorite high school memory?

SS: I love going to state with my [alpine skiing] team every year—that’s always fun. We all travel as a team even if just one person is going as an individual, so even if we don’t make it to state, we still go to it.

Z: What is your favorite zoo animal?

SS: It is probably an alpaca because they are just so cute, they look so funny, and their tongue is always out.

Z: What is your go-to dance-move?

SS: Probably just jumping.

Z: What does being on homecoming court mean to you?

SS: Every other year I would probably answer something different, but this year, it is a sense of a normal year and consistency in a year that we haven’t really gotten everything that we expected to. That has been really meaningful and I’m really grateful to be on court.

 

Henry Rose

Zephyrus: What activities are you involved in?

Henry Rose: I play soccer and I’m in Concert Choir and Chamber Choir.

Z: Chocolate, strawberry, or vanilla ice cream and why?

HR: I have to go with vanilla because it’s really hard to get wrong and you can definitely get strawberry and chocolate ice cream wrong.

Z: What is your favorite time of the year and why?

HR: I like end of summer early fall just because it’s not too hot and it’s beautiful in Minnesota.

Z: If you were stranded on a desert island who would you pick to be stranded with you and why?

HR: Probably Emily Cavanaugh because she’s the best soccer player of all time.

Z: What does being on court mean to you?

HR: It’s just fun to be on because a bunch of my friends are on court and people I know are on court and it means a lot to me that my friends voted me on.

 

Paige Greene

Zephyrus: What activities are you involved in? 

Paige Greene: Edina Girls Varsity Tennis Captain, DECA Officer, Student Council Member, Hornet Mentor, Sammy Presthus Soccer Superfan, Marching Band & Symphonic Band Alumni.

Z: Do you have any hidden talents?

Paige Greene:  Sadly I don’t have any hidden talents, but I have red hair and blue eyes which makes up 1% of the world’s population.

Z: What is your spirit animal and why? 

Paige Greene: My spirit animal would have to be the chameleon from Tangled named Pascal because I consider myself to be very loyal and a good friend, yet have a little bit of a feisty side.

Z: What song describes your life and why? 

Paige Greene: Here’s To Never Growing Up by Avril Lavigne accurately describes my life because I will forever be a child at heart, I will never be able to shed my love for the whip & nae nae or ice cream.

Z: What does being on court mean to you? 

Paige Greene: Being on court means a lot to me because it’s a super fun opportunity to be able to embody the student body’s school spirit!

 

Mark Kaju

Zephyrus: What activities are you involved in?

Mark Kaju: I’m a Hornettes manager, I play hockey, I do DECA, and I’m a super fan for soccer.

Z: Who is your favorite movie, TV, or book character and why? 

MK: Doctor Who because his powers are sick.

Z: What has your favorite memory from high school been so far? 

MK: Probably the state hockey tournament when we won with the girls and the boys for hockey.

Z: If you could choose to have any superpower, what would you choose? 

MK: Reading people’s minds.

Z: What does being on court mean to you?

MK: Being represented as a leader in the school.

 

Morgan Clark

Zephyrus: What activities are you involved in?

Morgan Clark: I am involved in tennis, golf, DECA, and Whigrean

Zephyrus: What’s your favorite thing about Minnesota?

MC: My favorite thing about Minnesota is all of the lakes. 

Zephyrus: Do you have any hidden talents? 

MC: Haha no not really…I can move my years

Zephyrus: What’s your favorite childhood TV show?

MC: Hannah Montana.

Zephyrus: What does being on court mean to you?

MC: It is such an honor. Looking at the others on court and how unbelievable and amazing they are makes me feel very special sharing this with them—I love all my peers and feel fortunate to be an Edina Hornet. 

 

Will Kelley

Zephyrus: What activities are you involved in?

Will Kelley: I’m the business editor for Whigrean, President of DECA, and I’ve been to one Model United Nations Conference. I’m also on the tennis team.

Z: What was your go-to fast-food order during quarantine?

WK: The Chipotle pick-up. I did that like twice a week and I always get a burrito.

Z: If you were on a reality television show, which one would you like to be on?

WK: I’d be on Survivor, because I think it’d be fun getting to go to Fiji or some tropical place.

Z: What TikTok trend are you really good at?

WK: I feel like I’d be good at the renegade.

Z: What does being on court mean to you?

WK: It’s a mix of representing the school in a good way, and having fun with my friends to make the most out of senior year especially with this year being like no other. I feel like it’s a good cherry on top for such a crazy year.

Clare Flynn

Zephyrus: What activities are you involved in?

Clare Flynn: I’m a part of DECA, Whigrean, manager of boys soccer team, and girls golf

Z: What’s one thing that you cannot stand and why?

CF: When chairs are pushed in, it’s my pet peeve when they aren’t pushed in. I always go to push them in.

Z: What food are you and why?

CF: Maybe mint chocolate chip ice-cream, it’s my favorite flavor

Z:  If you had to travel one place outside of the USA, without a budget where would it be?

CF: Probably, Ireland because my ancestors are from there and I think it’s a very beautiful place. It would be an awesome experience to get a sense of the culture and atmosphere

Z: What does being on court mean to you?

CF: So far it’s been a great experience especially because of the group of people. I already knew the people, but it’s awesome to really get to know them.

 

Johnny Buenz

 

Zephyrus: What activities are you involved in?

Jonny Buenz: I am involved in stud. Co, varsity soccer, and junior gold hockey.

Z: What animal would you be and why?

JB: I would be a gorilla because they are the real king of the jungle. Unit.

Z: What life experience has shaped you the most? 

JB: I randomly lost all hearing in my right ear when I was 8. I learned to accept my disability and to adapt to my new circumstances. This experience led to meeting people like me who have a hearing losses, but also have other severe disabilities which affects their day to day life. When I met these people, they were incredibly optimistic regardless of their circumstance. This gave me a new perspective on the world and motivation to try to be as happy as I can every day.

Z: What is an unusual food you love? 

JB: I love green olives. 

Z: What does being on Homecoming court mean to you?

JB: It means that being nice to people you haven’t met before and being friendly goes a long way.

 

Maddie Bowers

Zephyrus: What activities are you involved in?
Maddie Bowers: I played tennis and hockey for all four years of high school, I’m involved in DECA as an officer, and I’m on Whigrean as a design and layout staff member. Aside from school, I’m involved in church at Mount Olivet on board and on the cathedral choir. 

Z: What’s the best way to spend a day off? 

MB: Start off with a good cold brew, then spend the day outside with friends hiking or playing football or spike ball and going on an adventure. I like to end the day with a bonfire. 

Z: If your life was a movie, what would it be called?

MB: Tall Girl. 

Z: What’s something people would be shocked to know about you?

MB: I’m a huge fan of snow, and I really hope it snows before halloween this year, because I think the first snow is one of the best things ever. 

Z: What does being on court mean to you?

MB: It’s a huge honor and a way to embrace all of the lasts that come with senior year. All of the memories I’m making during these homecoming weeks with everyone is something I’ll always remember, and it’s also an excuse to show off my awesome dancing skills…Just kidding. 

 

Sawyer Anderson

Zephyrus: What activities are you involved in?

Sawyer Anderson: I played football, lacrosse, and I play house basketball. 

Z: If you could live in any fictional universe, which one would it be? 

SA: Star Wars. It’d be really cool to have the force and everything. 

Z: If you had to wear clothes from only one decade, and you can’t ever change it, which decade would it be?

SA: Probably just the decade right now.

Z: If you could watch one movie or TV show over again for the first time, which would it be? 

SA: Avengers Endgame. 

Z: What does being on court mean to you?

SA: It’s an honor to be voted [for] by all my peers. Being able to serve [on the] homecoming court in front of the school. 

 

Angie Korsh

Zephyrus: What activities are you involved in?

Angie Korsh: I’m on student council, and the cheer team and I’m a Hornet mentor. And then I manage baseball for the boys.

Z: What’s your favorite memory from high school so far?

AK: My favorite memory from high school would probably be school dances. I love going to school dances and the fall season too, like football games and homecoming.

Z: If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

AK: A cheeseburger

Z: If you could be any animal what would you be?

AK: I don’t know why, but a koala would be kind of fun. 

Z: What does being on court mean to you?

AK: I just feel really grateful that my grade would vote for me to be on something like that. It’s really special to me and I’ve looked up to people that were on it before so it’s pretty exciting. 

 

Evan Jiang

Zephyrus: what activities are you involved in? 

Evan Jiang: At Edina, I’m involved in Concert Band, Student Senate, Varsity Nordic and Ultimate, Debate, and Math Team.

Z: If you could eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?

EJ: White rice — I live and breathe that stuff.

Z: What superhero do you most associate with and why?

EJ: Ned from Spider-man; we all know he’s the realest of the homies.

Z: Favorite US state and why?

EJ: Favorite state has to be New York, as it’s diverse culture and chaotic energy is a recipe for amazing experiences.

Z: What does being on court mean to you?

EJ: Court is an opportunity to relax and have fun, especially in a time when that seems near impossible.

Raina Cummings

Zephyrus: What activities are you involved in?

Raina Cummings:  I’m not really involved in activities but I would say I love  Girls Only Phy Ed, I also enjoy playing for the Edina Soccer Club.

Z: What is your favorite fruit?

RC: My favorite fruits are watermelon and raspberries.

Z: If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

RC: If I could travel anywhere I want in the world I would like to travel to Italy and I would like to go to Paris to see the Eiffel Tower.

Z: What is your spirit animal?

RC: My spirit animal would probably be a giraffe because I’m tall and lanky.

Z: What does being on court mean to you?

RC: Being on court means a lot to me because I honestly didn’t expect it. I try my best to spread kindness as well as positivity to others, and for people to recognize, or at least see something in me, is really amazing. Overall, being on court has provided me a lot of happiness that I have been needing recently, and I hope that everyone else can find that joy as well. I am really excited and so thankful to be given this opportunity.

 

Jerry O’Brien

Zephyrus: What activities are you involved in?

Jerry O’Brien: Baseball, Flag football, Architecture club, and I gotta give a shoutout to Handball club.

Z: If you were trapped on a desert island with only one food, what food would it be?

JO: I’d have to go with either steak or ribs.

Z: What’s your go-to wake-up drink when you’re tired?

JO: I always go for black iced tea. 

Z: If you could be a core member of any band throughout history, what band would it be?

JO: My favorite band’s probably Imagine Dragons, so probably Imagine Dragons. 

Z: What does being on court mean to you?

JO: I’m honored my friends nominated me, I’m trying to do as best as I can with dance, the pep fest video, and getting it all done and keeping the tradition alive.  

 

Joe Miller

Zephyrus: What activities are you involved in?

Joe Miller: EHS Whigrean, Concert Choir, and Model United Nations.

Z: If you could be any movie character, who would you want to be?

JM: The dude from The Big Lebowski.

Z: What is something you will always remember about high school?

JM: I will remember all of my friends and all of the fun things we’ve done over the years.

Z: If you had to listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?

JM: The Spins by Mac Miller.

Z: What does being on court mean to you?

JM: It means a lot to be chosen by my peers in my grade to be on court and it is gonna be fun representing my class and the school.

 

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