By: Mary Kate Sullivan, Contributing Writer
Centralia vs. Monroe City: may the best Panther win! Here in Centralia, the CHS Panthers are in full swing with Homecoming preparations. The theme for Homecoming this year is based on Disney’s “Let’s Get Down To Business” song from the film Mulan.
During the week of October 2-6, there will be many events happening throughout the Centralia R-6 District, which will lead up to the big game on October 6. These events include school-wide competitions at CES, CIS and CHS. CES is doing a poster competition, CIS is doing a door decorating competition and CHS is doing a grade-level float competition. There is also a Community Spirit Window Competition. On Wednesday, October 4, the annual Flashlight Parade will be held around 8:15 p.m. (when it gets dark). The parade begins in the high school back parking lot and travels to the town square. Then it returns to the high school for a bonfire in the parking lot. On Thursday, October 5, there will be a Pep Rally at 2:00 p.m. in the CHS gym.
At the high school, the grade levels chose a theme within the overall Disney theme for their floats and dress-up days. This year the category is a specific Disney film. The seniors chose Lion King, the juniors chose Bambi, the sophomores chose Alice and Wonderland and the freshmen chose Mulan.
The Homecoming parade is Friday, October 6, at 2:00 p.m., and the route has been changed. As always, the lineup will be in the high school back parking lot, and all floats besides the CBMS floats will end there as well. The actual route the parade takes is as follows:
- Up Pool Street and turn slightly left onto Rollins. The section of Rollins in front of CES will be blocked off for the CES and CIS students for safety reasons.
- Continue up Rollins, turning left on W. Sneed St., then right on S. Allen Street, and another right on Singleton. This allows the parade to circle to square.
- The parade will continue down Singleton until they reach Jefferson. The CBMS floats will end there and make their way to CBMS.
- All other floats will continue down Jefferson Street (the green section of the map) back toward CHS.
- The parade will make a right on Lakeview Ave., turn left on Sappington Street, and a right on Cox Street, entering back into the far entrance of the parking lot.
As is tradition with Homecoming, a Homecoming court has been chosen. This court includes princesses and princes from 9th-11th grade. Also, from 12th grade, five king and queen candidates have been chosen. The princess and prince candidates are as follows: freshmen princess, Ashlyn Crum; freshmen prince, Luke Hunter; sophomore princess Olivia Hombs; sophomore prince, Guy Moran; junior princess Ashley Fuller and junior prince Quentin Foster.
The king candidates are Clayton Simkins, Kaiden Davenport, Bradley Kaiser, Trey Owens and Brett Huffington. The queen candidates are Olivia Eikel, Jaymi Freeman, Mykaela Gallegos, Sadie Owens and Kellyn Vega.
The queen will be crowned at halftime of the football game. The king will be crowned at the dance following the football game at 11:00 p.m. The dance will immediately follow the game. The cost for students is $3 for individuals and $5 for couples.