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'Full of Laker cheer'

Parade rolls down A Avenue to celebrate Lake Oswego High School's homecoming; Lakeridge students will march Friday

ADAM WICKHAM/FOR THE REVIEW - Senior homecoming princesses wave from a convertible in Lake Oswego High School's homecoming parade on Friday. From left: Iola Humphrey, Mahtaab Sanaee and Emily Reno.ADAM WICKHAM/FOR THE REVIEW - Lake Oswego High School band and cheer team members show their school pride.The clouds were threatening, but it didn't rain on Lake Oswego High School’s homecoming parade down A Avenue on Friday.

“I think it’s cool we parade down the center” of town, said senior Emily Reno, who was crowned homecoming queen later in the day, during halftime of the Lakers' victorious football game against Canby. “It brings all the community together.”

The LOHS band must have known a gridiron win was coming, because they played “The Victors” during the parade; members of the cheer and dance teams also inspired merriment in the applauding, photo-snapping spectators lining Lake Oswego’s main downtown street.

Other sports teams brought the Laker spirit too, including water polo, soccer, football and cross country, while princesses from all four grade levels wore floral wreaths and waved from the seats of sleek convertibles. Meanwhile, drama students promoted the fall musical, "The Sound of Music."

Many of the students and staff members in the parade donned purple T-shirts in honor of LOHS math teacher Casey Dunn, who died of pancreatic cancer on Aug. 19.

The annual parade is one of two such celebrations that take place every fall. Lakeridge High School’s parade is coming up this Friday at 2 p.m., and it will also roll down A Avenue.

But this day belonged to the Lakers.

Flutist Margaret Redinbo, a junior, said she loves to observe the community rooting for her school as she marches through the heart of the city.

“It’s fun," she said, "because you get to see all of them full of Laker cheer.”

(For the full story and more photos, click on the Education tab at www.lakeoswegoreview.com.)

— Jillian Daley