Owen Keith was announced as the Homecoming winner during halftime of Friday’s football game against Monrovia. As part of a comical, entertaining show – filled with aliens and a spaceship – the announcement came from 2015 Homecoming Queen, Sheridan Nansen.
Owen, who is the son of Garret Keith and Robin Craggs, attends South Pasadena High with his brother Anders Keith. Through his six years living in South Pasadena, he has been a part of the high school cross country team and orchestra. With Owen being a senior this year, his dream college is Dartmouth.
As the crowd cheered, Owen took pictures with his mother and family as they handed him his crown. “It’s an honor.” he said, “I just want to thank all the people I did this with. It was so fun doing this with Sophia Lopez and Amelia, I had an amazing time… thank you to everyone who was a part of it” Owen’s mother and escort onto the field, Craggs, spoke about how with all the friends he has made in South Pasadena, that “it means a lot to him that his friends would honor him this way.”
At South Pasadena High School, this is the first year that the voting for the homecoming court was open to all genders, not just girls. Owen now serves as the first Homecoming King of South Pasadena. “I think it’s a great idea,” Owen said, “it’s much more progressive… It’s more inclusive of students who might not identify with one gender or another.”
Although Owen received the crown, the two other candidates were seniors Sophia Lopez and Amelia DeYoung. Sophia Lopez, the Current ASB Commissioner General, is the sister of sophomore Royal Tiger Jessica Lopez. In the future, she hopes to be able to teach English to hispanic immigrants.
Attending both Monterey Hills and South Pasadena High School, she has been a resident in South Pasadena most of her life.
Amelia DeYoung, varsity soccer player, has lived in South Pasadena for her entire life. In her free time she enjoys dancing, singing in the shower, and tie-dying. For her profession, she aspires to be an oncology nurse.
Cole Fox, Jessica Lopez and Kanak Belgaum represented the freshman, sophomore and junior classes, respectively.