CHERRYVILLE, N.C. - It is the day that Cherryville High School students have been waiting all week for. Cherryville Homecoming is one like no other.
Leading up to this day, many students participate in spirit week for Football Friday Night and the pep rally Friday morning to kick-off the special day.
During the afternoon on Friday at 4 p.m., there is a parade. The girls chosen to be on the homecoming court wear suits with elegant hats, while the other girls chosen to represent a club or football player wear prom dresses while their escorts wear suits.
At night at 7 p.m., the girls on Homecoming Court wear wedding dresses. Wedding Dresses? You might ask. It has been a tradition for the girls on court to wear wedding dresses for several decades. Therefore, the tradition still continues today. The other representatives then wear fancy suits along with their escorts.
Being on Cherryville’s homecoming court this year is something about high school that I will never forget. It is an honor to be picked by my senior class to represent our school in front of the whole town of Cherryville.
Although, it is fun to dress up, homecoming is still special to our football players, especially the senior ones because this is the last homecoming they ever get to play. The next homecoming, they will be alumni.
At halftime, everyone who is participating in homecoming comes to the center of the field to be announced in front of the stadium. Everyone in the stadium as well as the girls on court anxiously await to hear who is going to become CHS’s new homecoming queen.
After everyone is announced, last year’s homecoming queen Katie Camp crowns our new homecoming queen Gracie Jackson. The whole stadium cheers and the girls on court have one last lap around the field.
Looking out at everyone in the stadium during my last lap, I realized how truly blessed I was to have this opportunity. Cherryville is a small town. Consequently so, I have grown up with all the girls on court through the years as well as their families and friends. Many people come back home to see this special event happen because it stands out from other high school’s homecomings. I am truly thankful that my small towns homecoming is celebrated in this way. No matter what, I’ll always find my way back home.
MEET OUR INTERN --- Hello, my name is Gracie Rickard and I will be writing about the sports and other events that happen at Cherryville High School. I am a senior this year and I am very active in our school’s student section, the Metalheads. I attempt to go to almost every game and I am excited to share the sports of Cherryville that normally do not get recognize and also some that do. I currently play varsity tennis, and track and field for Cherryville. I have been playing tennis since my junior year and track and field since my sophomore year. I also am involved in many of the clubs at Cherryville High School such as Journalism Club, Interact Club, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. After high school, I plan to pursue a pathway to become a dental hygienist or something in the medical field. I love to help others and be involved in my community. Therefore, I think by pursuing a degree in the medical field I will be able to continue to do these things. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the events at Cherryville and GO IRONMEN!
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