By David Hotle, The JOURNAL
At the end of the annual Spirit Night event, just before the bonfire was lit in the east parking lot of Washington High School, it was announced that the school had selected Griffin Wood and Gwendolyn Flannery as the 2018 Homecoming King and Queen.
The two were crowned on stage at the Washington Performing Arts and Events Center in front of a crowd of cheering students and parents. They will lead the Homecoming parade which leaves from Washington High School at 2 p.m. today.
?It?s ridiculous,? Wood said when asked about the honor. ?I have no words.?
Flannery agreed with the statement, calling it ?unbelievable.?
Wood participates in the archery team and credits his social skills of ?making people laugh? as the reason his fellow students voted for him. Flannery said she is involved in performing arts at the school, such as band and choir. She appreciates being part of a ?big community? at Washington High School.
Other queen candidates include: Molly Sparks, Allison Hippen, Isabel Bailey, Tori Brush. Other king candidates were: Kolten Hinrichsen, Cade Hennigan, Chase McDole and Logan Hanson.
During the last week, the Homecoming court visited several places in the community. The court went to the retirement communities in Washington, as well as the annual Homecoming parade in Brighton. After the parade, they will be presented at the intermission of the game when the Demons take on the West Liberty Comets. The ninth-grade game will be held at 5 p.m., followed by the varsity football homecoming game at 7:30 p.m.
During Spirit Night, a packed house of parents were introduced to many of the Washington High School clubs. The high school band performed several numbers on stage, sometimes supporting the cheerleading squad. The volleyball team and cross-country team (just back from a meet at Mt. Pleasant) took the stage. Senior athletes were introduced. The high school dance team also performed in the dark with just glow sticks to show their outlines.
The cheers reached a peak when the football team took the stage. Washington head coach James Harris introduced the seniors. He said the players have been working all year getting ready for the game. He caught most of the audience off guard when he asked his big question if the audience had heard about that day.
?It?s a great day to be a Demon!? he said. ?Y?all better liven up.?