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Homecoming's a community affair

Lakeridge High celebrates with a parade, football game and dance

Photo Credit: REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Morgan Wise celebrates when she learns she's the homecoming queen at halftime during the Friday football game.Scads of spectators lined the sidewalks of A Avenue on Friday afternoon, and fans filled the Lakeridge High School stadium in the evening as the Pacers celebrated Homecoming 2014 with a joyous parade, a victory on the football field and the crowning of a homecoming queen.

Senior Morgan Wise donned the coveted queen’s tiara at halftime, and Lakeridge beat Canby for the Pacers’ second win of the season. (See Sports for more details). On Saturday evening, students moved to the music at a homecoming dance for which many a mom had helped her daughter select a dress.

But before the dance or the game came the parade, an event that showcased a wide cross-section of students. There were the court members, musicians in the band, cheerleaders and dancers.Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO: COREY ALSTON - The Lakeridge band provided the music for the parade last week.

“I like seeing everyone on the floats and being part of a big program,” said Pacer dancer Camille Feinstein, a junior.Photo Credit: REVIEW PHOTO: JILLIAN DALEY - Cheer team captains gear up for the parade (from left): Catheryn Apsey, Keana Pigg and Mack Larson. All are seniors.

“I think we sound good,” said mellophone player and junior Abby Spear, adding that everyone was full of spirit and “really excited.”Photo Credit: REVIEW PHOTO: JILLIAN DALEY - A member of the Lakeridge band fastens his hat strap before the homecoming parade.

There also were thespians, ASB officers and members of the football, lacrosse, water polo and cross country teams.

Photo Credit: REVIEW PHOTO: JILLIAN DALEY - The Lakeridge fall musical is 'Bye Bye Birdie,' with several drama-loving students marching in the parade on Friday (from left): Selan Crisp, Annie Bunster, Chloe Rust, Lindsay Wilson, Sophia Feinstein, Sam Wolf, Veronica Dexter and Caroline Haroldson.

“The parade is always a lot of fun, because I get to spend time with my awesome teammates,” said Jordan Kalahui, a junior and a right guard on the football team.Photo Credit: REVIEW PHOTO: JILLIAN DALEY - Lakeridge football players smiled as they rode their parade float Friday during the parade.

Each float or group displayed a distinctive personality. Football players perched on the back of a flatbed truck pulled by a red semi; princesses waved from gleaming convertibles; and ASB students clustered around a shopping cart. Senior Jonathan Grace pushed while Tim Jordan rode in the basket, clasping a megaphone.

“We have a reputation for having the worst float, and that’s why the shopping cart,” Grace said.Photo Credit: REVIEW PHOTO: JILLIAN DALEY - ASB members used a shopping cart as their float (from left): Jonathan Grace, Tim Jordan, Gabrielle Veillet and Ann Monroe.

The heart behind the cart was apparent, with the students and their small float bedecked in the school colors of white, gold and light blue.

ASB member and junior Ann Monroe added, “It shows our Lakeridge pride.”Photo Credit: REVIEW PHOTO: JILLIAN DALEY - During the Lakeridge parade, there was a ton of school spirit (from left): Alexx O'Boyle, Max Chiu, Olivia Onustock, Lindsey Paldino and Halle Cook.

A slew of adults joined students in the parade, including Grand Marshal Jen Hurley Klee, a few past years’ grand marshals (Corey Fivecoat, Liz Murphy, Bill Campbell and Mike Lehman), Principal Jennifer Schiele and other administrators, as well as firefighters aboard an engine and police escorts providing traffic control.Photo Credit: REVIEW PHOTO: JILLIAN DALEY - Lake Oswego police provided traffic control during the Lakeridge High School parade.

Hurley Klee said it meant a lot to her that the students voted for her to lead the parade. It was extra special this year because the Spanish teacher’s husband died in May, so she had to leave early in the school year and didn’t get to say goodbye to some of her students. They’ve welcomed her back this fall with open arms, honoring her at the parade.

“They’ve been so supportive,” Hurley Klee said. “This year, of all years, it’s extra meaningful.”Photo Credit: REVIEW PHOTO: JILLIAN DALEY - This year's homecoming parade grand marshal was Jen Hurley Klee.

By Jillian Daley
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