KHS Honors Homecoming Tradition

KHS Mr. and Miss Roo 2020
By: Todd Martin

Killeen High School celebrated its long homecoming tradition at the end of the school day Friday, making adjustments in a year defined by making it work.
Even without a homecoming football game, which was cancelled a week ago, the school conducted a pep rally at Leo Buckley Stadium and crowned Mr. and Miss Roo for 2020.
The pair of seniors, selected through student vote, to wear this year’s homecoming crowns seemed prepared for their moment in the spotlight.
The honors went to Faitafa Sailata and Daniel Smith.
The ceremony began with the band’s drumline leading the student body into the stadium. The band, cheerleaders and Kangarettes performed and the Junior ROTC sabre guard provided canopy for the court introduction.
Miss Roo candidates included Sailata, Elizabeth Phillips, Rikkia Wallace and Katauia Williams.
Mr. Roo candidates included Smith, Taquan Jones, Kadarius Marshall and Raphael Sierra.
After receiving their crowns, the pair joined their family members for photos and then walked across the track in front of their peers in the traditional walk off.
For Smith, the Mr. Roo crown was fulfillment of a desire that began in elementary school.
He attended Ira Cross Elementary School and Manor Middle School prior to going to KHS.
Dressed in kingly fashion, Smith said he enjoyed going overboard with his fashion statement.
He is an honor roll student, has perfect attendance and is heavily involved in the community through the Fort Hood Phantom Leadership Program, the Youth NAACP and the Leo Club.
“It means we have no limits or boundaries,” said Sailata after taking the Miss Roo title. She said she was representing her Samoan culture and “plus-size” girls as she accepted the homecoming crown.
“It means everything to me. I consider it an achievement,” she said.
She is also heavily involved in the community through environmental service and her church as well as through the veterinary assistance program at the KISD Career Center.
Both Smith and Sailata are student athletic trainers.
Principal Kara Trevino and Student Activities Coordinator Kristin Searcy said it was important to them and to all the school’s leadership to honor the school’s homecoming tradition during a year of such uncertainty.