Karl Aspelund and Alice Burgess were among numerous Barrington High School students to perform skits during an annual pep rally. While the sketches featured everything from a light saber battle to a rendition of “Ice, Ice Baby,” cowboys, golfing and Santa Claus, Karl and Alice’s skit was a play on the classic plastic couple and a decade-old pop song inspired by their legacy.
Alice, obviously, played the role of Barbie. She stood in the middle of the gymnasium and one by one, shot down potential suitors looking to be her Ken.
That was before Karl made his grand entrance, however, riding out in a small, pink, electric toy sports car borrowed from a teacher’s daughter.
Minutes after the two drove off together (Alice sat on the hood) they were announced as homecoming king and queen to a deafening round of applause.
“I was completely stunned. I didn’t even think I was going to be on homecoming court,” Alice said afterwards.“I just joked about doing a skit since I was a freshman. I thought it would be a lot of fun and I’m really glad I got to go with one of my really good friends.”
In addition to being named homecoming queen, Alice is active in community service, is a member of the school’s National Honor Society chapter, the Latin Club and the Environmental Club. She also runs for the Barrington High School girls’ cross country team and, not long after being named homecoming queen, she was off to North Carolina to compete in a race this weekend.
Karl is a member of the school’s Drama Club, serves on the Model UN and is captain of the school’s debate team. He too, like Alice, was surprised to hear his name called.
“I didn’t expect that all,” he said.
“Frankly, I was surprised when I got chosen to be up there.”
The crowning of homecoming king and queen was moved to Friday’s pep rally as a forecast of rain forced a number of homecoming schedule alterations. The football match with East Providence has been moved to Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and the annual homecoming parade has been moved to 2 p.m. Saturday. Normally, the homecoming court is presented during halftime of the homecoming football game.
Outside of skits and the homecoming court, Friday’s pep rally featured a pair of performances by the school’s cheerleader squad. Each fall sports team was also introduced one-by-one with the high school pep band playing them to classic rock songs by Black Sabbath, Cream and Jimi Hendrix.