Royal pain: After sidelined in hospital, Park High School homecoming king savors royalty during week's festivitiesAn injury kept Dylan Buhl hospitalized and unable to attend the Park High School homecoming coronation, but the good news is that Buhl got his crown and robe as homecoming king a day later and celebrated the week's festivities with homecoming queen Caitlin Tate.
By: Judy Spooner, South Washington County Bulletin
An injury kept Dylan Buhl hospitalized and unable to attend the Park High School homecoming coronation last Monday, Sept. 24.
The good news is that Buhl got his crown and robe as homecoming king last Tuesday and attended the rest of the week's activities with homecoming queen Caitlin Tate.
Both have been friends since their elementary school days when Tate was at Hillside and Buhl was at Armstrong.
Since Buhl was unable to attend lunch at Applebee's Restaurant with the royalty after the coronation and visit his elementary school afterward, Tate and Buhl went last Tuesday afternoon. It was a second royalty visit for elementary students who had greeted Tate and other royalty nominees a day earlier.
Buhl was injured during a coed softball game on Sunday night, Sept. 23. He was hit in the head by the ball as he slid into second base. That's the real story but Buhl, who has a sense of humor and a broad smile, told people that he was hurt saving a child from being run over by a car.
Though his head really hurt, he said, he showed no outward signs of a concussion. He was “super disappointed” when doctors kept him overnight as a precaution and for tests, knowing that he would miss the coronation.
“It's better that he was kept safe,” Tate said when both were interviewed as Buhl got his robe and crown last week.
“I had no idea I would win,” he said. “I was just happy to be among the seven who were nominated.”
He said he probably earned votes from when he clowned around as a member of Link Crew, leading ninth-graders in “the wave” during school orientation.
Buhl said last week he felt fine and will return to his doctor for a checkup in a month. He was released from the hospital in time to attend the volleyball game between teachers and students after school last Monday.
Buhl didn't get to vote in the royalty balloting and Tate said she didn't pick anyone on the ballot. “It was so hard to choose,” she said, “because they are all such good people.”
Buhl, who sings and plays guitar at several churches, planned to be in the talent show.
Both students and have definite plans for the future.
Buhl, who went on a mission trip to Swaziland in Africa in 2011, is returning, on his own, to stay six months.
Partly because of his beliefs and because he wants to learn more about how the people experience their culture, he's looking forward to “experiencing as much I can,” before going to college and eventually joining the Peace Corps.
Tate, who plays goalie in hockey, leaves in 10 months to move to California with a friend, either to San Francisco or Los Angeles, to take up an acting career.
She said she enjoyed the homecoming experience.
When she was a freshman, she went to her first coronation.
“I remember thinking it would be so cool if someday that would be me,” Tate said.