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Cha Takes King's Crown
Eliciting a huge roar from the crowd when he was introduced, Escalon High senior Jonathon Cha took home the crown as the 2010-2011 Homecoming King.

He was crowned at halftime of Friday night's varsity basketball game against Hilmar, to the delight of his parents, his classmates, fellow candidates and the new king himself.

"It's awesome," he said, a wide grin covering his face as he accepted high fives and hugs from well wishers.

He hopes to go into architectural design in college once he completes his senior year at Escalon.

Proud parents Chong Cha and Mai Thao were there to celebrate with their son as he received his crown from 2010-2011 Homecoming Queen Cara Sharp, who was crowned during the fall football campaign at a home game in October.

Among Cha's favorite activities are fishing, playing football, camping, hunting and "just running" with his dogs. His favorite high school memory, he said, is "seeing his friends every day." Cha listed his perfect meal as being "a good home cooked meal" shared with his family.

The newly crowned king also offered some advice to his peers: "Learn everything you can in high school, never doubt yourself and always do the best you can to be ready for the future."

In addition to Cha, candidates for the Homecoming King honor were Gabriel Albor, Victor Carrillo, Christian Franks and Brandon Shaw. Albor's parents and younger sisters accompanied him to center court for the Friday night ceremony, with friends Dylan Cathcart and Chad Hale escorting Carrillo. Franks, who was out of town competing in a wrestling tournament, asked friends Jenna Price and Kassy Mendoza to represent him at the crowning, with Shaw accompanied by his parents.

The crowning of Cha as the new king wrapped up a week of activities to celebrate the Winter Homecoming at Escalon High. Various dress up days were featured, a Friday rally got the student body pumped up for the evening festivities, and the basketball boy made sure it was a successful conclusion to the week by completing a sweep of the visiting Yellowjackets with wins by the freshmen, JV and varsity squads.