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Homecoming with a case of sibling royalty

For high school senior Molly Murch, the anxious anticipation of homecoming didn't end with her coronation. Her brother, Brandon, still had to keep up his end. The Murch twins were crowned king and queen Monday at Northern Cass (N.D.) High School,...

For high school senior Molly Murch, the anxious anticipation of homecoming didn't end with her coronation.

Her brother, Brandon, still had to keep up his end.

The Murch twins were crowned king and queen Monday at Northern Cass (N.D.) High School, where students have planned the sibling royalty for years.

"Our class has always wanted it to be us since the 9th grade," Molly said Thursday from school. "We're really close."

Closer even, since their mother, Janice, died unexpectedly two years ago on Thanksgiving, Molly said. In the small farming community of Hunter, the Murches' loss made Monday's crowning poignant for many in the crowd.

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"This coronation was very emotional," said Carrie Petersen, a principal's assistant and neighbor of the Murches.

During the event, the twins told friends how they wished their mother was there to see it. In a way, she was, Molly said Thursday.

Teachers and school staff said it was neat to see such good kids get the recognition.

Math teacher Heidi Salwei still has taped to her computer screen a quote she found two years ago on one of Molly's papers.

It says: "I always try to have an upbeat personality so others around me can be happy."

Among her many activities, Molly teaches Sunday school and piano lessons, is a member of the drama and speech teams and works two jobs.

Brandon plays football and baseball for the Jaguars when he's not helping his dad, Larry, on the farm. Though he's enjoying his week as king, he said the coronation probably was more important to his sister.

"It's pretty cool," he said. "I just hope we win tomorrow."

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An offensive and defensive tackle, Brandon is one of two seniors on the 1-4 team. The senior class has 26 students, five of them boys.

After King and Queen Murch ride through the football crowd on a friend's Chevy Silverado, they'll meet again when the music starts.

Should Brandon expect a slow dance?

"No," Molly said. "Maybe a fast one."

Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave Forster at (701) 241-5538

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