New Mexico school to have "gender-neutral" homecoming, prom royalty

by Jeffrey Swindoll · Apr 4th, 2021 2:36 pm
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Last Updated Apr 6th, 2021 at 7:15 am

Atrisco Heritage Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico, will now refer to its prom and homecoming court as "royalty" instead of "king and queen," the school announced on March 3.

"We believe this change will reflect and celebrate the diversity that is present within our student body and community," Sergeant at Arms Victoria Flores said.

The four students with the most votes, regardless of biological sex, will be paired into the First High Court and the Second High Court. All students will receive the same type of crown and will have his or her individual photo taken rather than as a couple.

"The majority of the questions and the majority of the uncertainty came from older people. When we talked to the kids, the kids were like, ‘Yeah, why haven't we been doing this?'" AHA student Jessica Martinez said.

The top 20 students voted by the senior class will make up the Homecoming court, Vice President Cielo Soto said.

"To really be concerned and caring for the entire student body here, I just thought that was really impressive," Principal Irene Cisneros said.


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