Seniors Kirk La and Mandy McKeegan were named homecoming king and queen Friday night during the Mira Costa High School football game against West High.
"I was very surprised and excited, ecstatic if you will," said Kirk of his crowning. The 17-year-old, who plays violin, was nominated by his peers in the orchestra, he said.
La, who is the school's student body president, is also president of the orchestra and treasurer for the National Honor Society. He told Patch he wants to pursue a law career.
Mandy, a four-year varsity girls soccer player, said, "Oh, it was incredible. I was so surprised and excited." She said the crown was "just such an honor," having come from her peers and friends.
The 17-year-old was nominated by the Cleats For Kids Club. In addition to soccer, Mandy has served as a member of the associated student body the past three years, and is a member of the S (Soroptimist) Club and Richstone Club.
Mandy will attend The University of California, Davis next year on a soccer scholarship, and wants to "definitely do something in the medical field," she said.
On the soccer field, she plays left defense and left forward.
Kirk attended Pennekamp Elementary and Manhattan Beach Middle schools before going to Mira Costa. Mandy attended Meadows Elementary and the middle school before attending Mira Costa.
The homecoming king and queen were decided by popular vote. Students were nominated from the clubs they belong to.
Editor's Note: Special thanks to the Mira Costa journalism and photography students who helped make this coverage possible. Photographers are credited on their photos. Thanks, too, to student Emma Salzman for her coordination efforts.