Local Schools Set to Mark Homecoming
Football homecoming is set for this week at both Rector and Piggott high schools, as the season begins to wind-down.
It's football homecoming week at Piggott High School, with activities going on throughout. The week will conclude Friday night, at Parker Field, as the royalty is introduced and the Mohawks take on the Hoxie Mustangs in the traditional homecoming contest.
Students are participating in a number of observances, and dress-up events, this week leading up to the homecoming on Friday.
The annual football homecoming royalty assembly will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 12, in the new gym. Around 2 p.m. the parade will begin, immediately following the traditional pep rally at PHS. The parade will make its way east behind the school campuses, then north onto Mohawk Drive at the football field. The parade route will turn west on East Main Street, and continue to the court square before returning to the campus by way of Court Street.
The royalty will be introduced in a ceremony to be held at 6 p.m. Friday evening at Parker Field, and will reign over the remainder of the festivities. This year's court includes—seventh grade maid Nyla Dees, eighth grade maid Lily Wagster, freshman maids Taylor Smart and Mycah Blascoe, sophomore maids Brooke Roberts and Claire Bellers, junior maids Ryleigh Laden and Maggie Williams, senior maid Alexis Russell, maid of honor Hayley Springsteen and homecoming queen Shelby Howard. Serving as this year's Lady Mohawk volleyball beau is Luke Boyd.
At RHS, activities continue through Friday, Oct. 12, with the theme being “Cougar Pride Can’t Be Tamed.” Dress-up days and other special activities are being held each day at the school.
The traditional homecoming ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. Friday in the school gym as the court will be presented along with their escorts and the homecoming queen and king will be crowned. The court’s escorts are Carter Hill, Jackson Hill, Jerron Bucy, Chris Hufty, Trace Sanders, Zac McCluskey, Connor Austin, Kale Hardin, Evan Dooley, Michael Davis and Conley Lockhart. As usual, Little Miss Rector Sophie Matheney along with Little Mr. Rector William Banning will be participating in their traditional roles. On hand for the crowning will the 2017 football homecoming queen Sydney Wofford. Serving as MC's will be Sophie Simmons and Sarah Robinson.
Henderson stated that the homecoming parade will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, at the high school.
“I want to be sure our parents and the public know the new parade route,” he explained. “Starting at RHS campus, the parade turns left on Pine Street and proceeds up to 3rd Street. A left turn onto 3rd Street takes the parade to Woodland Heights where a left turn will be made. Continuing along Woodland Heights to 5th Street, the parade will turn at the elementary school play ground and conclude at Rector High School.”
The ceremony will be held immediately after the parade, allowing students and parents to make their way into the gym for the 1 p.m. start. Following the coronation ceremony the traditional pep rally will be held.
The public is also invited to attend the evening homecoming ceremony Friday night, as the royalty will be introduced beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Paul Temerian Field. Afterward, at 7 p.m., the Cougars will take on the Cross County Thunderbirds.