It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year again, but with the cooling fall-like weather comes Covington High School’s annual Homecoming celebration. The CHS student council, under the direction of longtime adviser Mrs. Marti Cain, shared with your columnist the details of this year’s homecoming activities. And the theme this year for Homecoming and the dance is “Bright Lights, Big City.” Yep, that certainly sounds like Covington to me!
To kick off Homecoming week off with a bang, the first event to be held is the Community Pep Rally on Monday, Sept. 28, beginning at 7 p.m. at Smith Field. In case of rain, it will be held in the high school gymnasium. The schedule for the evening includes the introduction of the homecoming court, with the exciting crowning ceremony of the king. The full slate of events includes introduction of the fall sports teams from the high school, middle school, as well as the Little Buccs football and cheerleading squads. Also, the high school and the middle school cheerleaders will perform their competition dances, along with the middle school BUCC club. The CHS Student Council always has a couple of surprise appearances planned, so don’t miss out on this fun night. Admission is free.
On Friday night, Oct. 2, the homecoming parade steps off at 6:15 p.m. This year’s parade marshals are recently retired Covington Elementary teachers Mrs. Linda Poast and Mrs. Shirley Crotcher. The parade includes the homecoming court driven by the Troy Corvette Club, class floats, the Covington Band of Bucc Pride, fire trucks, and much, much more. The float judging will take place at 5:45 p.m. with emphasis on creativity, following the theme, and the number of classmates riding it.
Due to the new school building construction, there is a bit of a change to the parade route. The parade will start at the high school but finish at the middle school. The route begins at CHS then proceeds left on Chestnut Street, left on Wenrick Street, right on Walnut Street, right on Wall Street, and a final right turn on to Maple Street to Smith Field. Only the court candidates, cheerleaders and the band will proceed to Smith Field. All other parade participants will end at the middle school parking lot. To bring the festivities to an exciting end, the introduction of the court, along with the crowning of the queen will take place on Smith Field. The week’s activities conclude with students in grades 9-12 being invited to attend the Homecoming Dance on Saturday, Oct. 3, from 8-11 p.m. in the High School commons.
To prepare for the dance, CHS Student Council members are busy making decorations to help transform the commons into a city of bright lights, here in the big city of Covington! High school students may purchase tickets from Mrs. Cain or Mrs. Robinson before school, during lunch, or after school until 3:15 p.m. until Friday, Oct. 2. Tickets are pre-sale only, and are $10 each. No tickets will be sold at the door. The official photographer of the dance is Ben Robinson, and students may pick up their picture packets in the high school office to capture these memories forever.
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