Burkburnett homecoming queen crowns her childhood friend

BURKBURNETT, Texas (KFDX/KJTL) — From flower arrangements for mothers to soccer games, from fan cheer to court pageantry, homecoming is a Texas tradition that’s as old as time.

Burkburnett High School, located near the state’s northern border with Oklahoma, celebrated its homecoming on Friday, September 23, 2022 with an exciting comeback win after beating the Vernon Lions 35-30 at halftime at Bulldogs Stadium left behind.

But there was one moment at halftime that eclipsed all of that.

Kabrey Kurszewski-Hoskins has been named Homecoming Queen of 2022, a dream come true for small town Texas girls. But what she did next brought tears to the eyes of every fan in the stands.

Kurszewski-Hoskins took off the crown and placed it on the head of Kylie Brantley, her childhood friend, and chose her as the Homecoming Queen.

But the story of this incredible moment began almost a decade ago when Kurszewski-Hoskins moved to Burkburnett and met Brantley.

Brantley was born with special needs, but ask any of her friends and family and they’ll be the first to tell you that didn’t stop her from being the life of the party.

“Me and Kylie have always had a special friendship,” Kurszewski-Hoskins said. “When I moved here in third grade, it just clicked.”

Now they are high school seniors and they make memories before taking the stage. It was one of her longtime friends, McKenna Ruiz, who actually set this incredible moment in motion.

“I know her, everyone has known her since we were little,” Ruiz said. “Everyone loves her and I just thought, you know, this is a girl who definitely deserves this moment.”

Ruiz is the one who named Brantley Homecoming Queen to join Kurszewski-Hoskins on the field and be part of Homecoming Court at halftime. They were both just happy to be there.

“I’m honored to be on the field and to be alongside some of my closest friends,” Kurszewski-Hoskins said.

Kurszewski-Hoskins wasn’t expecting a win, but it was her name that was called out over the loudspeakers at half-time, along with another childhood friend, Rylan Stringfellow.

Stringfellow has been friends with all three of these girls for as long as he can remember. He’s a wide receiver for the Bulldogs and was crowned the Homecoming King on Friday night.

Stringfellow said when Kurszewski-Hoskins got the crown he knew exactly what she was going to do next.

“She walked away and everyone was like, ‘Oh my God, what is she doing?’ She just walks away, it’s not done yet,” Stringfellow said. “But I knew where she was going. She didn’t really want that, she wanted the real queen to have it.”

Kurszewski-Hoskins presented Stringfellow with her flowers, removed Brantley’s princess crown from her head and replaced it with the queen’s crown. She said Brantley’s face just cleared up.

“I was just really, really happy, it really made my day,” Brantley said. “And having McKenna nominate me made me feel like a real princess. It made me very happy.”

And not a dry eye remained in the stadium.

“She told me that night, oh you made my night, you made my night,” Kurszewski-Hoskins said. “I told Kylie you’ve been making my day at school together for 10 years, so she deserves all the love.”

It was a moment no one at the stadium will ever forget, especially Burkburnett’s new homecoming queen himself.

“I really think that’s a really cool experience because not only am I the queen, but a lot of other seniors in this school deserve to be queens,” Brantley said.

Kurszewski-Hoskins, who received an honor during high school that many are hoping for, has selflessly put someone else in the spotlight.

“Really, the story is that Kylie is just the queen, and she’s just beautiful,” Kurszewski-Hoskins said.

It’s a moment that traditions can’t even touch.

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