Packers deal a queen and a pair of kings; Students choose trio to reign over homecoming

Published 8:46 am Thursday, September 28, 2017

It almost sounds like a poker hand — a queen and a pair of kings.

It was also Austin High School’s picks for 2017 homecoming royalty.

Bradley Forland and Andy Le as 2017 homecoming co-kings.

In probably what was a first in school history, two kings tied for the homecoming honor. Both Bradley Forland, 17, son of Dave and Ann Forland; and Andy Le, 17, son of Tien and Phuoc Le, received crowns, much to the delight of the audience. 2017 Homecoming King Isaac Arnold did the honors.

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Paiton Schwab, the 17-year-old daughter of Pat and Beth Schwab, was crowned queen. She said she was just fine with being escorted on both arms.

“They are both such amazing people, so smart and so nice,” she said. “I think it’s great.”

2017 Queen Paiton Schwab reacts to her crowning by 2016 Homecoming Queen Kallie Baumgarner while her royalty shows their approval during coronation ceremonies Wednesday at Austin High School. From left, Tara Watkins, Anh Lee, Baumgarner, Schwab, Grace Shupe and Maya Wuertz.

Forland agreed, although “it was a plot twist I did not quite expect — but I thought it was really cool.”

Le also said he thought it was great — “but it was a surprise,” he said.

All three are active seniors. Le is a dedicated wrestler who also loves weight lifting. Schwab is active in a number of activities; some include cross country, basketball, track, band, and Student Council. Forland loves playing hockey — and is a fervent fan of classic cars.

Austin High School Homecoming royalty smile for the cameras following their coronation Wednesday at Knowlton Auditorium, from left, Co-King Andy Le, Queen Paiton Schwab and Co-King, Bradley Forland.

Other homecoming court members include queen candidates Maya Wuertz, daughter of Tom and Shelli Wuertz; Grace Shupe, daughter of Bryan and Kristina Shupe; Ahn Le, daughter of Lon and Tracy Le; and Tara Watkins, daughter of Troy and Tammy Watkins.

Rounding out the court were king candidates Kyle Bailey, son of Bob and Sue Bailey; Logan Braaten, son of Jamie and Traci Braaten; and Bryar Flanders, son of Mike and Amy Flanders.



• 9:30 a.m. Distinguished Alumni Assembly, Knowlton Auditorium

• 8:30-10 p.m., Bonfire, Wescott Field; Class Color Day

• Noon, Battle of the Connects, at high school

Friday, Sept. 29

• 2:30 p.m. Pep Fest, Knowlton Auditorium

• 3:30 p.m. Parade

• 7 p.m. Football game, Art Hass Stadium; Scarlet and  White Day

Saturday, Sept. 30

• 8:30-11:30 p.m. Homecoming Dance, Hastings Gym