WEST ORANGE, NJ — Kaia Baker and Julian Lee were recently crowned the 2019 West Orange High School (WOHS) Homecoming King and Queen after school administration selected the candidates and seniors voted for the winners.
Baker, escorted by Gustav Hall during the homecoming football game, is president of the student council, president of the WOHS Unity Club, co-captain of the girls tennis team and a Mountaineer Mentor. She is also a member of the National, English, Math, Science and History Honor Societies.
Baker, who hopes plans to be a fashion entrepreneur, plans to attend Brown University, where she will major in applied mathematics.
Lee, escorted by Isabella Angeles, is captain of the boys baseball team and is currently taking several AP and Honors classes, including British Literature and Understanding Philosophy and Western Thought. He plans to study Pre-Law at the University of Delaware.
As part of the long-standing tradition at WOHS, an Honorary King and Queen were also crowned. Myles Jones and Raven Duke Livingstone waved as the crowd cheered and the Homecoming Court circled the field.
Other nominees for king and queen this year included: Giovanna Winning, escorted by Daniel Edwards; Natalie Nevins, escorted by Johan Atwell; Elijah Millington, escorted by Meghan Ford-Titus; and Brett Zeligson, escorted by Imani Miller.
Nevins is a record-breaking soccer player and co-captain of the girls soccer team. She is in the top five percent of her class and is a member of the National, English and Science Honor Societies. She is a Mountaineer Mentor, a member of Teen Pep and leads her team at the Daughters of Israel program. She will be attending St. Joseph's University, where she will major in journalism and play soccer.
Winning is also a co-captain of the girls soccer team and vice president of the Italian Honor Society. She is a member of the National and Science Honor Societies and serves as a Mountaineer Mentor. She is undecided on a college, but plans to major in Environmental Studies.
Millington is captain of the Javelin team and co-captain of the boys basketball team. As a four-year member of the JAFROTC, he is the Squadron's Academic Representative. He is a member of the National Honor Society, French Club, 3-D Print and Private Pilate's License Clubs. Millington enjoys playing in the Jazz Band and hopes to study Mechanical/Aeronautical Engineering and Journalism at the Naval Academy.
Zeligson was named the 2020 Salutatorian in addition to being co-president of the Student Council, captain of the boys varsity swim team, president of the Tri-M Music Honor Society and vice president of Skills USA. He is a Mountaineer Mentor and a member of the Science Olympiad and Math Teams. He writes for the Cobblestone, the high school’s literary magazine, and in addition to Tri-M, is a member of six other honor societies (Math, Science, Escriptus, Chinese, Social Studies, and National).
Zeligson is also a member of the Nikhil Badlani Foundation Youth Advisory Board. He plans to major in Civil Engineering, but has not yet decided on a college.
Afterlosing to East Orange, 8-6, in overtime at the 2019 homecoming football game, the Mountaineers' record is now 4-2. See their upcoming schedule here.