n King candidates decided classmate battling cancer was a more deserving choice for king
by Nathan Warner
Zimmerman High School homecoming candidates surrendered their chances for the title last week during a pep fest to someone in the audience they felt was more deserving of the honor.
Cancer battler Jonah Skrove was taken by surprise when royalty Lee Christopherson, Hunter Smith, Craig Steiskal and David Molinari addressed him from the stage.
“We think there is someone in this room more deserving of this honor,” they said before leaping from the stage to bear the crown to Skrove in the stands.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Skrove said. “It was such a surprise.”
Student Caitlyn Wilbur said the atmosphere was electric.
“Everything went deathly quiet when the royalty turned to Jonah from the stage,” she said, “and then when they crowned him, everyone started crying.”
Wilbur said it is the sort of thing that makes her proud to be from Zimmerman.
“There aren’t many students out there that would have done what they did,” she said.
Hot on the heels of Skrove’s crowning, the Zimmerman Thunder football team awarded him an official Thunder jersey, making him an honorary member of its team before they hit the field to battle Mora in their 36-6 homecoming win.
“The team said I should attend all their games because I bring them luck, which is kind of ironic, considering,” Skrove said and smiled, indicating his amputated leg.
Making Skrove a member was not the first honor the football team did for the Skrove family.
The week before homecoming, the team sold hot dogs as a benefit for the family at Jim’s Market in Zimmerman, raising $1,200, which they delivered to Skrove before the homecoming game.
“This outpouring of kindness from the community has been truly awesome,” Skrove said. “It means a lot that people care and want to do something to help.”