Panther Pride Radiates Through Centralia as Homecoming Approaches
By: Samantha Conners, Contributing Writer
Centralia High School’s out-of-this-world Homecoming game will be against South Shelby at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 5, 2018. The theme of the game is outer space. According to Mrs. Patton, STUCO Homecoming sponsor, Homecoming is an exciting time. Mrs. Patton thinks the CHS Homecoming is special and different from Homecoming in other schools. She said, “The continuous support and sportsmanship exhibited by our students and community really sets us apart. I love how former students continue to come home for the game and week’s activities. Once a Panther, always a Panther.”
The parade marshals this year are Jason and Brenda Kehl. The parade starts at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, October 5, at CHS. Class floats are to be parallel to Cox Street in order of seniors, juniors, sophomores and freshman, and they should be in their designated places starting at 8:30 a.m. to finalize float building. The official parade line-up should start around 12:30 p.m. for other floats that are participating. Mrs. Patton will be directing the floats. Students will be released to their floats at 1:30 p.m.
This year’s princess candidates are Emory Biggs (Fr), Presli Barnes (So) and Mary Kate Bennett (Jr). The prince candidates are Austin Tuggle (Fr), Maxwell Hunter (So), and Eduardo Sanchez (Jr). The queen candidates for 2018 are Maddie Lipford, Sarah Noonan, Gracie Peavler, Carter Simkins and Kyra Ward. The 2018 king candidates are Elijah Crutchfield, Peyton Davis, Quentin Foster, Gus Stidham and Caden Vanskike.
Coronation for the queen candidates will be at halftime at the football game. If there is poor weather, the coronation may be moved to the dance at 11:00 p.m. with the king coronation. If poor weather occurs, there will be an announcement made and that decision will be final to ensure student safety. The dance will start after the game.
CHS will have dress-up days for each day of the week for Homecoming. This year’s dress-up days are: Marvel Monday – (superheroes who are out-of-this-world); Tuesday – Groot Day (camo or nature); Wednesday – Wacky Galaxy Day (bright neon colors); Thursday – Outer Space Day (NASA, aliens, stars, planets, etc.); and Friday – Panther Wear (Homecoming shirts or Panther shirts).
The Homecoming dance will follow the end of the football game until midnight. The king will be crowned at 11:00 p.m. Bob Dodds, Inc. will provide the DJ services. The admission cost for the dance is $3 for singles and $5 for a couple.
Other events occurring during the week:
- The Community Spirit Window Competition
- The Flashlight Parade/Bonfire Wednesday night, October 3, at 8:15 p.m. (or when it gets dark)