By Johnna Reynolds
Homecoming is a fun and wonderful time of the year. There’s an exciting buzz in the air. It’s a time of bonfires, mums, homecoming king and queens, seeing old classmates, building floats, graffiti on cars and the all important homecoming pep rally! It’s this rally that seems to set the tone for the rest of the evening.
Cheerleaders prepare for homecoming weeks in advance making sure everything is perfect. It takes hours to paint signs, hang streamers throughout the town, decorate the gym, plan the rally, get a guest speaker, practice the dance, practice any and all stunts plus, practice all the cheers and chants for the big day! Practice, practice PRACTICE! I’m not sure people realize just how much preparation goes into this one rally!
Our pep rally was super! It was great to see the Jr High and the High School cheerleaders come together. It was loud. It was proud! It was AWESOME! The gym looked amazing! You could tell they worked hard, and put in some long hours . The guest speakers, were the 1984-85 State football teams and coach (well, those that could be there). You could feel the pride that each player had. Pride for their team. Pride for their school. Even after all those years! Their pride never changed!
We just celebrated homecoming in Jayton last Friday. It was so much fun to see old friends getting together and picking up right where they left off, like no time had passed. It’s special bonds like that, that makes homecoming a fabulous time!
If you are celebrating homecoming in the next few weeks, hug a cheerleader! They put in overtime to make sure everything is done and everything is perfect!
Friends we are and friends we’ll always be together we will cheer so faithfully. Cheerleaders will always be till we meet again.