When I came here, our principal was Dr. Dana Babbitt. Pep fests always ended with him shouting through a megaphone "GIVE ME a R-O-Y-A-L !!!!!!" The students responded with such pride. Later, I watched our football team win state at the Metrodome. It was so cool! (Of course, soccer, basketball, hockey, speech, robotics, music...we do it all well.) We cried together when we saw planes fly into the World Trade Center on 9/11. We stood by teachers who had cancer like Bonnie Dahl, Señor Sommer, me, and now Ms. Dease. We laugh at creative pranks like the young man who streaked across the football field. (Please don't do that one. Your mother will not be pleased.) We stand with pride on Veterans' Day when the band plays the various theme songs of the branches of the military honoring our family members who have served. And...we unite with enthusiasm when Mr. Bolin leads the Double Clap! "Clap-clap!!!"
One of the things that makes me proud to be a Royal is that our school was named one of the top ten high schools in Minnesota last year. Wow! Our students rank consistently high on the ACT. We score well on AP tests. We are usually best in the district on MAP and MCA's. Our students are awesome! Of course, we have teachers who are pretty awesome too! Here's the deal...the teachers here like each other. We're great friends and support each other in lots of ways in and out of school. We have the best support staff anywhere. Have you ever been greeted by Nancy Anderson in the principal's office or Deb Bandholz in counseling? Who could have a bad day with those two smiling at you?!
I am a Royal. I'm proud of that and tell folks my blood flows blue. Let's have a great year and make some Royal memories!
Marsha Swails or "Swailsie"