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Can't Rain on Our Parade

School takes on their first homecoming celebration

The dark and dreary skies, on October 10th didn’t mask the shine of all the couples on Homecoming. The traditional parade may not have happened the way it was planned, but the celebration still took place. The Sweethearts rushed to find the perfect dresses, while the escorts got fitted for their tuxes.

“To prepare for Homecoming, I had to practice matching the height of the guy I was with because he was really tall,” Cinda Frisbie, 12, said.

Each sweetheart, voted for by their fellow club members or teammates, represented their club or sport. The perfect hairstyle and the perfect dress were not the sweethearts’ only worries. They also had to coordinate with their escort. The escorts were either voted for or were chosen by the sweethearts.

“I chose Ryan Jones as my escort because he was one of my best friends, so I just asked him,” Clarissa Peters, 12, said.

At the evening coronation ceremony the sweethearts traded out their heels for Converse and Sperrys, and grabbed their umbrellas to walk the field at the Homecoming game. The rain stopped just in time for the couples to walk the field and to crown the king and queen.

“I tried to stay optimistic about the rain because it [the Homecoming Celebration] was still going on, just inside the TMAC,” Katy Kramer, 12, said.

Homecoming wasn’t just all about the dresses and tiaras, it was about representing the organizations or sports in a positive light.