Nontraditional student chosen for Rend Lake homecoming court

The Rend Lake College Culinary Arts program is causing a stir with its choice for homecoming queen. 

LeAnn Aaron isn’t your typical college kid. At nearly fifty years old, she’s mixing up her career and studying culinary arts with her daughter. She says she never expected the program’s pick for homecoming king would ask her to trade in her apron for a crown.

"He’s 19-years-old. Ryan came up to me in class one day, he’s also a culinary student, and asked if I’d be his queen!" Aaron said.

The students in the class were so excited, she couldn’t say no. "You know, you don’t expect an old lady, as I call myself, to run for homecoming queen. That’s for young, beautiful girls," Ryan said. 

The culinary arts program is sweet on the idea of making Aaron their homecoming queen. But she says she wouldn’t even be here if it wasn’t to support her daughter’s dream. "My daughter and I are eventually going to open a bakery," Aaron said. 

But first, she says, they’re hoping students vote to crown her Rend Lake royalty.

"And we’re going to make brownies, so we’ll be doing a little bit of bribery," Aaron joked. She says she’s ready to accept the title of queen, turning in her chef’s hat for a tiara.

Students will vote on their homecoming king and queen next Monday and Tuesday. The winner will be announced during Tuesday night’s homecoming game against John A. Logan College. 

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