Are you tired of people not recognizing the royal blood that travels through your veins? Then it's time to get the recognition you so rightly deserve--at the Mercury's Homecoming Dance and Pep Rally for Portland! That's right! You could be elected Homecoming King or Queen of Portland and parade around in front of a grateful crowd with your royal nose perched high in the air.

And here's how! Simply write a 150-word essay on why YOU should be chosen as King or Queen! After choosing the top six essays, we'll print them in our "Back to School" issue [September 27], and let the people of Portland vote on who shall reign supreme!

Mail Your Entries by Friday, September 21 to:

• Homecoming Court, c/o Portland Mercury, 1524 NW 23rd Ave, Suite 2, Portland, 97210
• Email it to lovenotes@portlandmercury.com
• Or fill out an entry form online at www.portlandmercury.com/homecoming.html

The winners will be crowned at the Mercury's Homecoming Dance and Pep Rally for Portland, on October 5th, at Conan's on Hawthorne and 39th!

Who says "Monarchies Suck"? Nominate yourself for King or Queen today!