Crowning the new queen was the Class of 2015 Alumni Queens Natalie Ferguson and Alex Gibbons and the Class of 2006 Alumni Queen Derisha Denson Dowdy. Assisting in the coronation ceremony were junior Beta Club representatives Preston Clemons and Cody Whitener and senior FFA representative Marshall Clem. The Warrior Band Color Guard also provided a regal touch with their flag salute to the nominees.
The nominees were first presented at the afternoon parade, riding in convertibles provided by Orr Nissan of Paris, driven by Heather Bridges (parade) and Zeb Tindel (field); a Mercedes from Kevin Mayberry, driven by Chuck Jones; and an Infinity from Sonya Hall, driven by Dusty Smith.
Special honorees for this year’s homecoming were the Class of 2006. Those in attendance and registered were as follows: Loren Nelms Bailey, Rebeka Caldwell Beavers, Derisha Denson-Dowdy, Rosalinda Maldonado Finney, Amy Decker Hines, Adam LeBlanc, Kelly Bridgers Lewis, Lee Holmes Mahler, Brooke Bartlett Ross, Sandra Quiroz Rubio, and Brittany Whitlock. Also honored in attendance were the alumni classes of 1996 and 1966.
“Warrior Toons” was the Homecoming theme this year, with a throwback to cartoons of the 1990’s. The students had a busy week with competitions and decorations. With four competitions accounted for, the overall winner was the Senior Class; the Freshmen Class finished in a close second, followed by the Junior Class in third and the Sophomore Class in fourth.
The week began with War Games on Monday evening where the Senior Class took top honors overall. The freshmen followed in second, with the juniors taking third and the sophomores, fourth.
In dress-up competition, the seniors pulled out all stops and took first again, followed by very enthusiastic freshmen in second. The sophomores pulled ahead of the juniors with their crazy outfits to nab a third, leaving the juniors in fourth this time.
Class spirit signs and theme-related signs in the gym were judged together. First place went to the Senior-“itis” 16 and the Ninja Turtles by the Senior Class. Once more the freshmen pulled in second with their freshmen “fish” and Sponge Bob spirit. The juniors trumped the sophomores with a third sporting the Scooby-doo mystery and “Almighty Class of ’17.” With a fourth finish, the sophomores still came through with some Power Ranger “umph” for the Class of 2018.
Float competition proved the deciding factor. The freshmen’s Sponge Bob shack and beach layout took first place, while the seniors held on to second with their Ninja Turtle City “Cowabunga.” The juniors snatched third with the Scooby Doo “Mystery Machine” after those Tigers, leaving the sophomores to finish fourth with the masked Power Rangers. Everyone seemed to have a great time, even amidst the heat and the wind.
The after-game inflatable party was well attended and included some spontaneous karaoke performances by students and coaches.
Thanks to all the students, faculty, parents, and community members who have helped make this year’s homecoming a success! A special thank you goes out to all those who judged wall signs and floats and a special thanks to the PTO for helping with the cost of the post-game party.