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Pacer spirit soars during homecoming celebration

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Spirits were high even though the Pacers lost their homecoming game last Friday. Pictured below from left are ASB members Rachel Hengesh, Alexa Stirek, homecoming queen Abby Ernst, Activities Director Kelly O'Neill, Ally Bartlett and Lizzie Aronson.Lakeridge High School celebrated homecoming last week with the theme “City Lights to Country Nights.” Each day featured a unique mode of dress, such as American-patriotic, Western Day and Throwback Day, when students and staff members wore retro and vintage fashions. Friday was Pacer Day, and many students and staff dressed in Pacer blue for the parade down A Avenue. by: REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Lakeridge Athletic Director Ian Lamont served as grand marshal of the parade. Riding with him are his sons, Owen, seated on his lap, and Luke, behind, and Thomas Dukart on the right.Athletic Director Ian Lamont served as grand marshal of the parade. Senior Abby Ernst was crowned homecoming queen during halftime at the football game, which the Pacers lost to Clackamas, 45 to 21.

“I think this year’s homecoming was a great success,” said Liz Murphy, student activities director for the school. “The theme was lots of fun, and students dressed up for the parade, game and even the dance. The vision that Activities Director Kelly O’Neill had for the assembly and the halftime crowning was amazing. I thought it looked fabulous. This was the first time we used horses, and that seemed to add another cool element.”

O’Neill arranged to have horses lead the homecoming procession onto the field at halftime.

The parade can be viewed online at ihigh.com/lakeridgepacers/video_911337.html.

by: REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Cheerleader Keana Pigg pumps up the crowd while walking in the parade.