NHS mother, daughter make homecoming 'legacy'

Cary Ashby • Updated Sep 22, 2017 at 2:29 PM

Maya Reineck likely made Norwalk High School history when she was named this year’s homecoming queen.

“It’s definitely something I was proud of her to be,” said her mother, Trina, the homecoming queen in 1998.

That would make Trina and Maya possibly the first mother and daughter to both hold the prestigious title at NHS.

Math teacher Becky Molnar, who oversees homecoming activities, conducted some research at the request of the Reflector, which had received a tip about the historic trivia. She and a few other women looked through school records dating to 1944.

“As far as we can tell we don’t see any other mother-daughters,” Molnar said. “As far was I know, they are the only ones.”

Trina Reineck also heard she and her daughter made Norwalk Truckers history.

“I’ve had a couple people tell me, ‘This is a legacy. This is history,’” she said. “Since I’ve graduated, I’ve never seen it happen.”

Reineck graduated in 1999.

“My actual sash is from ‘98,” she said.

In 1998, the homecoming king was Brad Moore.

“His dad Duane was a teacher at the time. He told me, ‘I don’t think this has happened before,’” said Reineck, referring to the mother-daughter phenomenon.

Reineck was escorted by football player Josh Schlotterer, now the NHS director of student activities.

This year, Maya was escorted by Payton Shober.

That creates another parallel between the mother and daughter; since their escorts were football players, each young lady was in the NHS homecoming parade by herself.

Trina Reineck wasn’t expecting to be named homecoming queen, much less on the court.

“No, I didn’t even think I would be on the option board. I handled it like it was a joke,” Reineck said. “I felt like an outcast. I have this saying, ‘Which of these doesn’t go with the others?’

“When they said my name, I was surprised and shocked.”

Even though Maya’s father already had graduated from NHS in 1996, he was at Whitney Field in 1998 when Trina was homecoming queen.

“We actually dated when I was homecoming queen,” Reineck said. “We started dating in the spring of ‘98. We got married in the spring of 2002.”

Dave and Trina Reineck also have a son, Tyson, a 13-year-old eighth-grader at Norwalk Middle School.

Their daughter had a case of nerves before she was named homecoming queen.

“Her comment was that any of the girls deserved it. She is friends with all of them. She would have been happy if any of those girls had gotten it,” Trina Reineck said.

“Then she said she was going to throw up when she heard her name,” she added with a laugh. 

Her daughter Maya, a cheerleader, stays busy.

“She works hard at school. She is class president. She has done a lot of work for the dance and homecoming parade,” her mother said. “She has been class president for three years in a row.”

Maya plans to attend college.

“She doesn’t know if she wants to go somewhere close or far away. She’s afraid she’s going to be homesick,” her mother said. 

“Education sticks with her the most,” she added. “She loves art and she loves working with people.”

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