Homecoming's a community affair
Lakeridge High celebrates with a parade, football game and dance
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 queens 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.
I like seeing everyone on the floats and being part of a big program, said Pacer dancer Camille Feinstein, a junior.
I think we sound good, said mellophone player and junior Abby Spear, adding that everyone was full of spirit and really excited.
There also were thespians, ASB officers and members of the football, lacrosse, water polo and cross country teams.
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.
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 thats why the shopping cart, Grace said.
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.
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.
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 teachers husband died in May, so she had to leave early in the school year and didnt get to say goodbye to some of her students. Theyve welcomed her back this fall with open arms, honoring her at the parade.
Theyve been so supportive, Hurley Klee said. This year, of all years, its extra meaningful.Add a comment