Suchir Gupta

1. How surprised were you when your name was called at the Homecoming assembly?

I was pretty shocked. I mean, some people had said that they were going to vote for me and whatever, but I didn’t really expect to [get nominated] at all. I went down there, and Mr. Labenz was like, ‘Suuuuuchir,’ when he started saying Su-, I thought he was about to say Susan Toppen because I figured she was probably going to be on Court, and then I was like, ‘Oh wait, that doesn’t make sense because Labenz calls the guys.’ I was pretty surprised. 

2. How did you react?

I was pumped. Honestly, after I got called, I just zoned out. I went down there. Everyone was pushing me and stuff, and then I went down there, and honestly, I just zoned out. It was crazy. It was a weird moment, but it was a happy moment. 

3. Why do you think you were nominated?

Why do I think I was nominated? Huh, tough question. I’m not sure why people voted for me, but I’m very thankful. 

4. What do you think the purpose of Homecoming Court is?

I think it’s usually a good way to recognize people that have been doing a lot in the FHC community over the years, and it’s just a fun way to get people down there and cheer for them. Express class pride.

5. What does it mean to you to be nominated?

It means a lot for sure. I’m glad that I’m one of the five guys in [the senior] class that [is] seen as [someone] that would represent this class, and it definitely means a lot. 

6. How different do homecoming traditions such as homecoming court feel now that you are a senior?

Honestly, in years past, I didn’t really pay attention. When I was a junior, when I was a sophomore, when I was a freshman, I didn’t really pay that much attention to Court. [I was] just like, ‘oh yeah, whatever, it’s just Homecoming Court,’ but it feels weird. I never expected to be a part of Homecoming Court or anything. I was just like, ‘yeah, whatever, it’s just those separate people,’ and I didn’t really connect with them, but now being a part of Homecoming Court, it’s a strange experience because now I’m in their shoes.

7. Are you excited about being on Court?

Yeah, definitely. I’m pumped. 

8. How well do you know your fellow nominee?

I know Olivia [Jeong] pretty well. Yeah, we’ve been friends throughout the years [and through] getting through Bio together: Honors freshman Bio. That class was a struggle, but yeah, we’re pretty good friends. 

9. Are you looking forward to riding in the convertible with your fellow nominee and what will you talk about?

Okay, so here’s the thing; I have Tennis States on Friday, so I might not be able to make it to the parade. Hopefully the football game. It depends on my draw exactly how that works out, but I’m kind of sad that I might miss out on the parade and riding with Olivia in that convertible. That’d be an awesome experience, but hopefully, I can make it to the game. 

10. Is there anyone who wasn’t nominated that you want to recognize for their greatness?

There are so many people. I want to recognize Advith Reddy. He’s a G. Andy Travis, he’s the kindest person I know. Jannis Jacobs, we need to get him on [Court] for Winterfest. Do a skit with him; that’d be awesome. The list goes on; there are too many people to name, seriously.  

11. Can you make any campaign promises or tell why you would be the kingliest king?

Any campaign promises? I can make a few of those. I promise to bring back recess twice a day. Actually, cancel that. Seven times a day. One after every single period and then one extra one after school, four o’clock. If anyone wants to join, I’ll start a club: recess club. Bring your scooters.

12. Do you have any closing statements?

Let’s get a group together and start recess club. That’s all I care about at this point. I’m just fired up about recess club. 

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