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In noble act, homecoming king shares crown


October 18, 2017

As homecoming only comes around once every year, the distinction of being named the school’s “king” or “queen” by fellow students is a big honor.

The same terms get floated around regarding the traits that a school’s king should have, such as nobility, kindness, humility and so on.

This year, Mariner High School’s elected king, Jordan Davis-Miller, exemplifies exactly why he deserved to win that award from his classmates.

Davis-Miller decided there was someone even more deserving than himself to hold the honor of being Mariner’s homecoming king.

That person was fellow senior Koby Inthavong, a special needs student who can only communicate via a specialized computer on his wheelchair.

Mariner students also elected Inthavong, like Davis-Miller, to Mariner’s royalty court.

“It was an easy choice to give Koby the crown,” Davis-Miller said. “You can just tell what a kind and happy kid he is. When I got to talk with him it made it that much easier”

Davis-Miller said he and Inthavong talk a lot, and that they discussed what homecoming would be like this year, and what Inthavong was going to wear.

“A few friends of mine had believed I was going to win homecoming king,” Davis-Miller said. “It was nice they had so much faith in me, but after sharing conversations with Kody, I couldn't help but want him to win. It wasn't anything planned or rehearsed.”

After Davis-Miller did win the crown, as students were leaving the gym, Davis-Miller gave the crown to Inthavong.

“When the assembly ended I was able to get to Koby and place the king’s crown on someone that resembles many kids at Mariner.”

Davis-Miller’s selfless gesture did not surprise Mariner principal Nathan DuChesne in the slightest, who reiterated that this act was not something Davis-Miller did for attention.

“Jordan is a genuine person, and it was not his intention to gain notoriety for this act,” DuChesne said. “In fact, Jordan gave Koby the crown after the coronation assembly when most of the gym was empty. “

The kind act was caught by a student and soon spread like wildfire.

“Someone happened to catch it in a photo, and once the photo got out, Jordan explained in the morning announcements why he handed the crown over to Koby,” DuChesne said.

DuChesne believes that either way, Mariner is in a good place in terms of who the school’s king is.

“Koby is quite deserving of this honor, and Jordan isn't the only person to recognize this,” DuChesne said. “Koby was a top nominee for the royalty court, and Koby's encouraging countenance and smile touch many students and staff every day.”

Davis-Miller was just being himself in this noble act.

“Doing things for others is something I like to keep as a daily part of my life,” he said. “For my senior trip I plan to travel to locations in need of rebuilding such as Puerto Rico and Houston.”

Through this kind act it’s clear to see Mariner High School has truly wonderful royalty.

Author Bio

Brandon Gustafson, Editor, Mukilteo Beacon

Brandon Gustafson was named editor of the Mukilteo Beacon in October, 2017. Born and raised in Mukilteo, Brandon attended Mukilteo Elementary, Olympic View Middle School, and Kamiak High School, graduating in 2013. After high school, Brandon attended Shoreline Community College, earning his associate's degree while playing for the school's baseball team. He then transferred to the University of Washington, where he graduated in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in communications-journalism.

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