Photo by Theo Tate
Granite City High School seniors John Ball and Isa Scaturro were crowned the school’s homecoming king and queen. They were honored at halftime of the GCHS football game against Belleville West on Friday.
GRANITE CITY — After Isa Scaturro was crowned Granite City High School’s homecoming queen last week, she was immediately congratulated by her older sister, McKenna.
“She was there supporting me and she gave me a big hug after I won,” the GCHS senior said.
McKenna Scaturro, who graduated from GCHS in 2012, was on the school’s homecoming court in her senior year but wasn’t named queen.
Scaturro said she was surprised when she found out she was named queen during the coronation Oct. 14 at GCHS Performing Arts Center.
“It’s such an honor,” she said. “I never thought anyone would vote me to be the queen. It makes me feel very special and I honestly didn’t think I was going to win. It’s awesome.”
John Ball, another senior, was crowned king. He and Scaturro, along with the rest of the homecoming court, were honored Friday at halftime of the GCHS football game against Belleville West. They got to drive around the track in golf carts.
Scaturro said she was happy to see Ball being named king. Both have been good friends since they were students at Grigsby Middle School.
“I love John,” Scaturro said. “He’s such an awesome person to be around and he can never fail to make you smile whenever he’s cracking one of his jokes or he’s just sitting there. He gives such a positive vibe around whenever he’s around.”
Ball said he was thrilled to be crowned king in his senior year.
“It’s amazing,” he said. “I would like to thank all of the guys who voted for me for homecoming court and king.”
Ball attended GCHS all four years. He’s the manager of the boys’ soccer team and plays baseball in the spring.
“They’re good people,” said Ball, who plans to attend Southwestern Illinois College next year before heading to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville the following year to major in communications and criminal justice. “They treat you like family here.”
Scaturro also attended GCHS all four years. She’s a member of the speech team and plays soccer in the spring. Scaturro said she will miss high school when she graduates in May.
“I’m kind of upset that it’s all ending because I love my high school experience so much, especially this year,” she said. “It’s been so amazing, and I don’t want it to end.”
Ball and Scaturro were part of a homecoming court that included Alyssa Abbott, Ron Allen, Braydon Basola, Phebe Bolt, Sarah Boyd, Erynn Cotter, Elizabeth Dawes, Olivia Gunderson, Thadrian Hanna, Gabe Jarman, Jimmy Kie, Ben Klee, Sal Luna, Bella Perkins, Bailee Warsing and Nick Zambito.