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Tea crowns homecoming royalty

By Garrett Ammesmaki,


Lydia Decker and Nathan Babb were crowned as this years’ homecoming queen and king.

Tea Area High School kicked off their 20th year with the coronation of 2022’s Homecoming king and queen on Monday, Sept. 26 in the high school gymnasium.

The evening saw music, speakers and performances from the Titan competitive cheer and dance teams, as well as a dance routine performed by TAHS teachers leading up to the coronation.

Lydia Decker and Nathan Babb were announced as this year’s reigning monarchs. Former homecoming king and queen Conner Eiemers and Brooke Deckert crowned the lucky two toward the end of the evening.

The night began with the Titan cheer squad alongside the school marching band as community members packed the bleachers. It progressed with a speech from Activities Director Craig Clayberg on the combined 639 years that Titan athletes and coaches have dedicated to TAHS activities and excellence.

“We’re lucky to be Titans,” Clayberg said.

This year’s hall of fame inductees were announced by Superintendent Jennifer Lowery. To learn more, follow our continuing homecoming coverage for a look at the Titan faculty that have been instrumental in shaping the success of the Tea Area School District.

The hall of fame reception will be on Friday, Sept. 30 before the homecoming football game.

The high school marching band played throughout the night as the crowd was entertained by energetic performances from the Titan dance team and some of the local faculty. There was also a musical performance from this years homecoming queen and her father.

Lydia Decker and Mr. Decker sang a duet of “More Than Words” by Extreme.

The end of the night saw a playing of the school song as the sideline cheer team performed in front of a finale of sparklers from each side of the stage.

This year’s royalty included queen candidates Payton Cuppy, Lydia Decker, Olivia Kint, Estella Peterson, and Samantha Van Tol. King candidates included Chase Van Top, Blake Thompson, Maddix Slykhuis, Reis Kirschenman and Nathan Babb.

The coronation carriers included Oliver Sabie and Thea Imhoff from Frontier Elementary, Faryn Schulte and Milo Hodnefield from Legacy Elementary and Aaliyah Robinson and Beau Jacobsma from Venture Elementary.


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