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Looking back at VG High School homecoming royalty

By Tony Hooker
A long-standing tradition here at The Journal is to take a look back and visit with past homecoming royalty during Homecoming week at VGHS. Here are a few memories from past royalty. 

Ken Schwengel-1982 Homecoming King

What is your favorite homecoming week memory? 

Homecoming week was always a blast because of all the activity going on and the teachers were always pretty laid back….knowing that not much learning was going to take place that week.

Who won the hoco football game?

I don‘t remember who we played, but I know we won. We only lost to Pana and Arcola that year and they were both road games.

When you were a senior in hs, what did you think you would be doing at this stage of your life? 

My senior year I thought I would work in law enforcement and eventually for the State Police.

What are you actually doing? I switched majors after my first semester and went into education. I retired two years ago after 32 years in education. I am currently serving as interim superintendent at Stewardson-Strasburg for the third and final year! My wife, Stephanie, and our daughters (and sons-in-law and two grandsons) run a small hobby farm called No Bad Days Farm outside of Shelbyville. We sell Christmas trees, pumpkins & mums and vegetables, and honey. 

What advice would you give to the class of ’22? 

Find something you enjoy and give it 100 percent. You have to love what you do. You can’t control what happens in life, but you can control how you respond…no bad days! “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

Kevin Enyart-1986 Homecoming King

What is your favorite homecoming week memory?

My favorite homecoming memory is probably of the activities leading up to it and being able to walk onto the field with my mom and dad.  The school had a great spirit and everyone in town was very supportive of our team at that time. Winning that game and jamming “Joy to the World” are great memories.

What was your homecoming theme?

I don’t remember our theme, unfortunately.  LOL.  Seems like forever ago!

Who won the football game?

I don’t remember who we played, but we won.  I believe our only losses that year were to Arcola during the regular season and in the playoffs.

When you were a senior, what did you think you would be doing at this stage of your life?

I never really thought too much about what I would be doing, but I found my niche’ in life.  I currently work under cover with a federal agency in Chicago and also work stunts in the TV industry.  I am a member of Sag Aftra.  

What advice would you give to the class of ‘22?

Best advice is that if you don’t ask, they can’t say yes. So many fear rejection but if you don’t go for it, you may never get it.  No matter what, always look at the glass as half full, even when times are tough and appreciate yourself and others. 

Julie Brown Woller-1991 Homecoming Queen

What is your favorite homecoming week memory?

While decorating for the dance my junior year, I fell and busted my chin open on the gym floor. I was told I needed stitches, but I didn’t want to miss the dance, so we put a butterfly bandage on it. I have a Band-Aid on my chin in every picture!

Who won the football game?

Oh my! Do you know how long ago that was? I can’t remember! LOL!

When you were a senior, what did you think you would be doing at this stage of your life?

I wanted to move to Chicago and be an advertising exec at Leo Burnett ad agency.

What are you actually doing?

I’m an insurance agent and living the dream, still here in VG!

What advice would you give to the class of ’22?

Remember, there is a lot of world out there to explore, and be kind to everyone! 

Carl Brown-1991 Homecoming King

What is your favorite homecoming week memory?

Going to eat at Alexander’s Steakhouse with a group of friends before the dance.

Who won the football game?

We beat Atwood (Hammond) 52-18.

When you were a senior, what did you think you would be doing at this stage of your life?

Working construction

What are you actually doing?

I’m retired from the Champaign County Sheriff’s office and now I’m working as a BSW at the U of I.

What advice would you give to the class of ’22?

Always keep after your dreams and never give up.

Hillary Harbin Boles- 1996 Homecoming Queen

What is your favorite homecoming week memory? 

When my now husband asked me on our first date…the homecoming dance!

Who won the hoco football game?

I honestly can’t remember.  Let’s just say VGHS!

When you were a senior, what did you think you would be doing at this stage of your life?

I planned on being a nurse and having a family.

What are you actually doing?

I’m a school nurse, wife and mother.

What advice would you give to the class of ’22?

Leave the world a better place than how you found it! 

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