Homecoming royalty crowned


Mario Zavala and Chloe Olvera were named Madisonville High School’s 2018 Homecoming King and Queen in a special moment before the football game at Mustang Stadium on Friday night.

Zavala is a member of the special skills class at MHS due to a traumatic injury he endured at a young age.

“He is loved by everybody who has had the pleasure to meet him,” said Suzanne Smith, who teaches special education at the high school. “Junior high, freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, you name it. Everybody loves Mario.”

Last year, Smith and Kathryn Lechinger, who is also with MHS SPED, had the idea to make a push for Homecoming King on Mario’s behalf. Members of their class as well as the football team also campaigned on Mario’s behalf with signs made out of paper plates and the slogan ‘#TeamMario.’

“I am proud to be King and to be honored by the school,” said Zavala. “I like all of my classmates and have no problems with any of them. I feel honored to call them my friends.”

The announcement of King and Queen came after the entire Homecoming Court was introduced to the crowd and lined up along the sidelines with a member of their families. The honor of Queen went to Chloe Olvera.

“It was really sweet and nice of everyone to vote for me,” said Olvera. “I was so appreciative of the honor but it was also very cool to share that moment with Mario.”