By David Hotle, The JOURNAL
When the Washington High School Homecoming parade makes its way to Central Park, the route being taken will be different from other years.
Washington High School Pincipal Erik Buchholz said this year the parade would leave from the high school, travel straight down Sitler Drive, turn left onto South Iowa Avenue and follow that to the square. He said the parade will circle the square as it does normal years. The parade will leave from the high school at 2 p.m.
?The street on the other side of Halcyon House (South B Avenue) has so many low-hanging limbs and they allow parking over there, so we can?t get through with floats,? Buchholz said. ?He had to make a last-minute decision because we couldn?t get down that road.?
He said every year people line South D to see the parade and this year they will have to move a block over for the parade to pass.
Another change in the standard format this year is that the Homecoming parade in Brighton will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13, instead of 9 a.m. as it has been in past years. He said the Homecoming court, cheerleaders, marching band, and senior football players will march on Washington Street in Brighton.
Spirit Night will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Washington High School Auditorium. During the event the king and queen will be announced.
Again this year, every day will have a different theme to celebrate Homecoming week. Monday will be PJ day, There will be an all- school assembly during advisory to announce the Homecoming court to the school. The JV volleyball team will play at WACO starting at 5 p.m. JV football homecoming vs. Mt. Pleasant will be held at 5 p.m. at Case Field.
Tuesday will be Beach Day. The ninth grade, JV and varsity volleyball teams will take on Fairfield at Washington High School beginning at 5 p.m.
Wednesday will be Character Day. There also will be an early dismissal at 1:10 p.m. for professional development. The homecoming court will travel to retirement homes between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Voting for homecoming king and queen will be held during lunch. Instrumental family and friends showcase will be held at Case Field at 7 p.m.
Thursday is Colorful World Day. The Brighton Homecoming Parade will be held at 10 a.m. Coronation practice will be held in the auditorium starting at 2:30 p.m. The cross-country team will compete at Fort Madison starting at 5 p.m. Spirit Night begins at 8 p.m., where the king and queen will be announced.
On Friday, students are asked to wear orange and black. The homecoming parade starts at 2 p.m. followed by the pep rally in Central Park at 3 p.m. At 5 p.m. the ninth grade football team will face the West Liberty Comets at 5 p.m., followed by the varsity football homecoming game at 7:30 p.m.
The homecoming dance will be held in the auxiliary gym from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday.
Homecoming queen candidates include: Gwendolyn Flannery, Molly Sparks, Allison Hippen, Isabel Bailey, Tori Brush.
Homecoming king candidates include: Griffin Wood, Kolten Hinrichsen, Cade Hennigan, Chase McDole and Logan Hanson.