(Franklin) — A festive atmosphere took the stage at Heard High last week as the school hosted its Homecoming celebration. Of course the highlight of the week was the crowning of the Homecoming Queen during the halftime of Friday night’s football game versus Jordan.
The capacity home crowd cheered loudly as Ms. Camry Brice was crowned as the 2013 Homecoming Queen by the 2012 Queen Ms. Jasmine Cook. Camry was very excited to be honored by her school. “I am just so excited to be honored as the homecoming queen,” said Brice. “I try to be friends with everybody and I guess it paid off.”
The first runner-up for queen was Ms. Katy Stutts and the second runner-up was Ms. Caitlin Wiggins. Rounding out this year’s awesome court were Jasmine Jacobs, Abbie Padgett, and Shea Person.
Brave senior quarterback Mr. Jonathon Hunt was crowned as the 2013 Homecoming King during Friday’s big pep rally in the gymnasium. First runner-up went Mr. Ta Freeland and second runner-up was Mr. Jake Edwards. Rounding out the male court were Tori Rogers, Jace Mock, and Fenuku Shaheed.
The underclassmen homecoming court representatives this year included junior representatives Natalie Moncus and Zack Stephens, sophomore representatives Cori Putzek and Andrew Cannon, and freshmen representatives Kennedie Camp and Dylan Arrington.
Despite the usual inclement weather on Thursday for the annual parade, it still went off without a hitch as many adults and children lined the dampened streets of Franklin. Many civic groups, school clubs, recreation teams, and other businesses showed off their hard work on various floats based on the 2013 Homecoming theme “Brave Nation.”
The Braves football team did not disappoint the many fans who packed into Staples Stadium Friday night as they blasted the Jordan Red Jackets for the second straight year, this time by a final score of 56-13.
Fans were especially excited at the announcement that senior Spencer Hannah was on hand in the press box for the game after his final varsity season was cut short when he suffered severe burns during a bonfire last week. The home crowd gave a standing ovation for Spencer when Don Heard made the announcement that he was in the stadium.
Fellow senior Tori Rogers wore Spencer’s #10 jersey during the game and really brought down the house when he picked up a fumble and went 34 yards for a touchdown during the second quarter. Plans are for a different Brave to wear Spencer’s #10 each week for the rest of the season. The team also pointed to the press box after each big special teams play to honor Spencer, their newest special teams coach.
A couple of homecoming traditions returned this year after being eradicated for the past few years. The students were especially excited for the return of the Homecoming Dance which took place Saturday night in the school cafeteria.
According to HHS Principal Rodney Kay, the dance was brought back because “the kids wanted it.” The students also voted to have it on Saturday night rather than Friday.
“The kids had a wonderful time and danced and dressed responsibly,” said Kay. ”We really have some great students here at Heard High School. I want to send out a special thanks to Amanda Pike and Shannon Perry for all of their hard work that made this 2013 Homecoming Week a very special event.”
Another tradition that really excited lots of little girls and parents was the return of allowing the younger recreation department and middle school cheerleaders to cheer during Friday night’s game. The various recreation cheer squads cheered during the first half and the HCMS Cheerleaders cheered the third quarter.
“I just thought that it was very important to bring this tradition back,” stated HHS Cheer coach Amanda Pike. “It is just a great opportunity for our younger cheerleaders and also makes it possible for our cheerleader homecoming court representatives to come back and cheer for the fourth quarter.”
This year’s school dress-up days included Team Day, Twin Day, Superhero Day, and Spirit Day. To see lots of photos from Homecoming Week courtesy of The Warcry visit www.facebook.com/heardhighnews.