Homecoming Observed at PHS

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Football homecoming was observed at Piggott Schools last week, as a full schedule of activities culminated with Friday night's football game against the Manila Lions at Parker Field. Related activities and observances were held each day leading up to the contest, and Friday night the Tribe offered the perfect ending to the week, as they pounded the visiting Lions 42-6.

Members of the homecoming court were announced the previous week, and introduced to a packed house during the annual royalty assembly Friday afternoon. This year's homecoming queen is Erica Cluck-Vancil, daughter of Matthew and Carla Vancil and Darrin and Kay Cluck. She was escorted during the royalty assembly by Mohawks Mason Rahn and Garrett Cook. During Friday night's festivities she was escorted by Darrin Cluck and Matthew Vancil. Her attendants were Taylor Peters, daughter of Michael and Stacey Peters, and Luke Woods, son of Chris and Stephanie Goode.

Also honored at the royalty assembly was this year's Lady Mohawk volleyball beau, Austin Murray. He's the son of Kevin and Amber Murray, and was escorted by Lady Mohawks Jessie Scheffler and Breanna Chandler.

Members of the PHS football homecoming royalty, escorts and attendants for 2013 include, from left: Front--Jessie Scheffler, Garrett Cook, Luke Woods, Austin Murray, Taylor Peters, Mason Rahn and Bre Chandler. Second row: Bradley Stephens, Jessica Mallard, Kacey Crossfield, Erica Cluck-Vancil, Hannah Wagster, Christina Dupree, Teddy Gregory and Kenneth Crist. Third row: Nick Haywood, Alexa Herren, Abby Haley, Natalie Alvarado, Payton Wilson, Colby Crossfield, Shelby Howard and Richard Shaw. Back: Nick Harris, Logan Dixon, Brayden Brewer, Hunter Neeley, Michael Massey, John Daniel Beck and Andrew Roberts.

This year's senior maid of honor is Kacey Crossfield, daughter of Scott and Tammy Crossfield. She was escorted by Teddy Gregory and Bradley Stephens during the royalty assembly, and by Ira Causey during Friday night's ceremony.

The 2013 senior maid is Hannah Wagster, daughter of Phillip and Carla Wagster. She was escorted by Nick Haywood and Richard Shaw Friday afternoon and by Phillip Wagster during Friday night's introductions.

Junior maids include Jessica Mallard, daughter of Greg and Tracey Mallard, who was escorted by Hunter Neeley Friday afternoon and by her father, Greg Mallard, that evening. The other junior maid is Christina Dupree, daughter of DeeAnn Rodery and Mitch Dupree. She was escorted by Mohawk Andrew Roberts during the royalty assembly, and by her mother, DeeAnn Rodery, Friday evening.

This year's sophomore maids are Payton Wilson, daughter of Cary and Katrina Wilson, and Natalie Alvarado, daughter of Rosy Garner and Scott Garner. Payton was escorted by Brayden Brewer Friday afternoon and by Cary Wilson during the evening's ceremony. Meanwhile, Natalie was escorted by John Beck during the royalty assembly and by Scotty Garner Friday evening.

Freshmen maids included Colby Crossfield, daughter of Scott and Tammy Crossfield, and Abby Haley, daughter of Brian and Lori Haley. Abby's escort was Michael Massey Friday afternoon and her dad, Brian Haley, did the honors during Friday night's ceremony. Meanwhile, Colby was escorted by Nick Harris at the royalty assembly and by her dad, Scott Crossfield, Friday night.

This year's eighth grade maid is Alexa Herren, daughter of Chrissy Herren and Shannon Herren. She was escorted by Logan Dixon during the royalty assembly and by her dad, Shannon Herren, that evening.

And, the seventh grade maid for 2013 is Shelby Howard, daughter of Nikki Blue and Larry Howard. Her escort for the afternoon's assembly was Kenneth Crist and her dad, Larry Howard, served as escort for the evening's festivities.

In keeping with tradition, each day of the week was also set aside for various observances. Monday was pajama day, Tuesday was "favorite decade" day, Wednesday was "Duck Dynasty" day, Thursday was costume day and Friday was spirit day, when all students, staff and faculty were asked to dress in Mohawk team colors.

At the conclusion of Friday afternoon's royalty assembly the annual pep rally was held in the PHS gym. Afterward, the homecoming parade got underway and wound its way through town to an appreciative crowd.

Other special events Friday night included a chili cook-off among those tailgating, the delivery of the game ball by helicopter to mid-field and a special halftime performance of the Piggott Marching Mohawk band.

The helicopter, dispatched from Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center in Kennett, landed at mid-field prior to the contest and delivered the game ball to Garrett Cook, Mohawk honorary captain for the game. Cook, who broke his leg during the Brookland contest earlier in the season, rode his wheelchair onto the gridiron and retrieved the ball to a resounding ovation.

During the halftime performance by the Marching Mohawks members of the senior band were joined by members of the junior band, and a group of alumni musicians, in a mass band. The group performed several selections, and proved to be a crowd favorite.

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