Adam Balduff, social studies teacher at Richmond Hill High School, answers questions about how Kerri Hardy and Kevin Zhu were named queen and king of the school this year:
Q: How long have you known Kevin Zhu?
A: Three years through the Interact Club (a service club) and being his AP U.S. history teacher.
Q: What kind of student is Kevin?
A: He is one of the best students I have ever had the opportunity of knowing. A teacher only gets an opportunity once in a great while to have a student like Kevin — somebody who stretches you academically and forces you to bring your A-game each and every day. It was a joy learning with him while he was in class.
Q: How long have you known Kerri Hardy?
A: About three years. I have seen her in marching band as a member of the flag corps and also as her AP U.S. history teacher.
Q: What kind of student is Kerri?
A: Simply amazing. Kerri is a hurricane of charisma, questions, charm, style, flamboyance and awesomeness wrapped up in somebody who truly loves to learn and who cares about others.
Q: In your opinion, why were they selected by their peers as homecoming king and queen?
A: They are polar opposites, and teenagers do crazy things. Kevin is reserved and calculated, while Kerri is outgoing and trend-setting. They busted all the traditional rules for typical homecoming royalty.
Q: Do you have any well wishes for them as they leave Richmond Hill High School?
A: Kevin and Kerri surely do not need words of advice from a crusty old history teacher. They will do far more in life than I could ever imagine. They do not need luck since they have the skills to do very well in life. I look forward to hearing great things about them and how they will change the world for the better.