Senior Jada Redd was crowned the 2016 Homecoming Queen Fri., Sept. 23, at Warrior Stadium during the halftime coronation ceremony. She is the daughter of Tamesha Finney and Chris Redd of Honey Grove. Other senior nominees were Avery Caffee and Emilee Hall.
Crowning the new queen was the Class of 2016 Alumni Queen Kailee Frost and the Class of 2007 Alumni Queen Neeley Lane Mallicote. Beta Club representatives Preston Clemons, senior, and Calvin Corbett, junior, escorted the two former queens. Several other Beta representatives assisted on the sidelines with the coronation ceremony: Aynslie Andrew, junior, and seniors, Courtney Corbett, Madison Henry, Kaylin Simon, and Jessica Truelock. The Warrior Flag Corps 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 Sonya Hall of Paris, Kevin Mayberry of Honey Grove, and Mutt Milford of Honey Grove. Chuck Jones, Mayberry, and Dusty Smith drove the girls onto the Warrior Field.
Special honorees for this year’s homecoming were the Class of 2007. Those in attendance and registered were as follows: Xavier Akins, Chase Banker, Victoria Christopher, Logan Sandy Cunningham, Chaz Green, Kayla Kay Hall, Heather Blair Hicks, Charolette Holloway, Gina Johnson, Heather Fry Kent, Seth Mahler, Neeley Lane Mallicote, Weston Mallicote, Darius McFail, Justin Milton, Molly Lane Neisler, Amy Lynn Vaughn Quiroz, Robin Gibbs Shuck, Hannah Milford Varner, and Joshua Wishard. Also honored in attendance was the alumni class of 1997.
Warrior Musicals was the Homecoming theme this year, with a celebration of Broadway music of the past and present. After a busy week with competitions and decorations and with four competitions accounted for, the overall winner was the Senior Class with the Wizard of Oz theme. The Sophomore Class finished in a close second with Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, followed by the freshmen in third focusing on The Lion King and the juniors take on Grease in fourth.
The week began with War Games on Monday evening where the Freshmen Class took top honors overall. The seniors followed in second, with the juniors and sophomores tied for third.
In dress-up competition, the seniors and sophomores pulled out all stops and tied for first, followed by very enthusiastic freshmen in third. The juniors came in fourth this time.
Class spirit signs and theme-related signs in the gym were judged together. First place went to the sophomores and the seniors pulled in second to keep their hopes alive. The juniors rallied and received third, while the freshmen settled for a fourth.
Float competition proved the deciding factor. Following the yellow brick road to the Emerald City, the Senior Class received first place. The juniors and freshmen tied for second with the “Greased Lightning” after those Trojans and Mufasa caging the Trojans with the Pride of the Tribe. The sophomores landed in fourth with the candy factory of Willy Wonka. Everyone seemed to have a great time, even amidst the heat and the wind.
All the students, faculty, parents, and community members helped make this year’s homecoming a success! A special thank you goes out to all those who judged wall signs and floats.