GHS students and staff, along with community members, are preparing for the 59th annual Girard Homecoming Sept. 27-29.
Homecoming festivities will kick off Thursday, Sept. 27, with the community pep rally and barbecue at the bus barn parking lot beginning at 8 p.m. The pep rally will feature a “Meet the Trojans!” event where fall athletes and queen candidates, selected by the Senior Class, will be introduced.
Candidates include Lauren Davied, daughter of Dean and Tonya Davied; Hadyn Herlocker, daughter of Brad Herlocker and of Cindi and Joseph Muia; Hope McLeod, daughter of Mike and Denise McLeod; and Madison Smith, daughter of Hank and Carrie Smith.
The queen coronation will be held Friday, Sept. 28, at 6:30 p.m. preceding the Girard-Colgan football game.
Escorts are Logan Franklin, son of Mike and Misty Franklin; Nicholas George and Nathan George, sons of Ed and Nancy George; and Tyler Gray, son of Ron and Amy Gray.
Cart drivers are Cody Grilz, son of Robert and Kathy Grilz; Austin Egbert, son of Clark and Ann Egbert; Austin Parker, son of Charles and Kimberly Parker; and James Spieth, son of Dustin Spieth and of Patricia Cook.
To show school spirit, GHS students will participate in several activities throughout the week, including Backwards Day, Duct Tape Day, Fictional Character Day, Miss America Day and Crimson and Gold Day. RVH students will also participate in their own Crimson and Gold Day.
Art Club members will provide face painting until halftime of the football game, and during halftime the GHS Band, Flag Team and Crimson and Gold Dance Team will perform.
Following the game, the GHS cheerleaders will sponsor a dance for high school students and their dates.
On Saturday, Sept. 29, volunteers from the GHS Cross Country team will work the 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk. Registration is at 6 a.m., and the cost is $25 a person with a T-shirt included. Proceeds will go to the Geramie Kirby Memorial Scholarship fund.
Eight Kayette members will help serve the Lions Club Pancake Feed from 7:30-10 a.m. in the USD 248 cafeteria.
The GHS Band, Flag Team and GMS Band will march in the Girard Homecoming Parade beginning at 10 a.m.
In addition, RVH staff will assist elementary school students in lining up for the children’s parade.
The Senior Class will have a float in the parade, sponsor the annual Cake Walk and Cake Auction at 11 a.m., and have a prize auction in conjunction with the Girard Chamber of Commerce starting at 6 p.m.
FBLA will host a booth to sell Trojan suckers, Trojan lanyards and flash drives while the GHS Multimedia class will film the parade and put it on Craw-Kan TV.
Other activities include the FFA Chicken Poop Bingo at 1 p.m., an Alumni Baseball Game sponsored by the GHS Baseball Program at 2 p.m., and a Beverage Garden sponsored by the GHS Class of ’79 at 4 p.m.
Page 2 of 2 - Additionally, the GHS Cheerleaders and Drumline will perform at the Gazebo at 12:45 p.m.
Interim Principal Todd Ferguson said, “Homecoming is a community and family event, not just a high school event. To me, it’s impressive to see how involved the community is in the weekend festivities.”