Spencer Tuia is the queen who didn’t want to be on court


Ashley Spencer

Homecoming Queen Spencer Tuia stands with Homecoming King Jamall Shaw just after being crowned.

Homecoming week came to a close in late October with the announcement of Spencer Tuia as Homecoming Queen. at the game against Edmond Santa Fe. Tuia, not expecting to win the crown, represented the Varsity Volleyball team. She was escorted by crowned King Jamall Shaw.

“I did not want to be on the court whatsoever,” said Tuia. “When I found out that I was on court, I had mixed feelings. I was excited and stressed out at the same time.”

Tuia’s teammates nominated her for the crown not realizing she didn’t want to be nominated. For preparation Tuia did the least amount of work possible: she got her hair done by her friend senior Delight Quach and then ate pizza right before the game.

“I hadn’t eaten much throughout the day so when my brothers brought home cheese pizza from Mazzios, I couldn’t help myself. It all started with one piece, then three more just ended up in my hand after that.”

Tuia’s escort was excited when her name was announced.

“When Spencer and I won king and queen, she was so happy and I thought it was great seeing her smile,” Shaw said.

Aside from her escort, Tuia’s newspaper teacher Ashley Spencer was happy to hear about her student winning queen.

“I’ve never been so excited to hear an announcement of a homecoming queen,” Spencer said. “Spencer is an effortless leader with such a sweet disposition.  She is an asset to our newspaper staff and I’m so excited for her.”

Tuia friends were also happy for her, such as her best friend Senior Lizzy Burke.

“Spencer is my best friend so I was so proud. It has been such an honor just to be associated with her,” Burke said. “Spencer is the nicest and smartest person I have met, so I think she definitely deserved the crown.”

In a few years, Tuia plans to go to school to be an oncology nurse so she can go on to help people.