By Ida Brown / firstname.lastname@example.org
The Meridian Star
Floats, marching bands, sporty convertibles with homecoming maids and beaus, football players, cheerleaders and more will be on full display in downtown Meridian today as Meridian High School celebrates homecoming.
The tradition, which spans more than 50 years, has been celebrated by students and staff throughout the week and culminates Friday with a football game at Ray Stadium and the crowning of homecoming queen.
On Wednesday, students expressed their collegiate spirit by wearing their favorite college T-shirt for College Day. And while homecoming is a fun and festive time, students used the occasion for a serious focus.
"This year, the students chose one day of our short Homecoming Week to dedicate to Breast Cancer Awareness," said MHS Principal Victor Hubbard. "The students are wearing pink (today) in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness, selling pink Wildcat bracelets to raise money to donate to the American Cancer Society and taking the time to reach out to those who have been effected by breast cancer. So, I am very proud of this courageous decision made by our students."
In addition to the bracelets, the MHS Student Council is selling blue and white pom poms. Both sell for $2, with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.
Later today, the homecoming parade gets under way at 5:30 p.m. The parade route starts on 25th Avenue, in front of the Meridian Public School District Central Office at 1019 25th Ave. The parade will take a left on Eighth Street, right on 23rd Avenue, left on Fifth Street, right on 22nd Avenue, and left on Ninth Street, ending at WTOK TV Station at 815 23rd Ave., for a pep rally and crowning of the MHS Homecoming King. According to city officials, no streets will be blocked during the parade.
Friday is Spirit Day and students and staff are encouraged to wear blue and white. A pep rally will be held at 3 p.m. at the MHS Boys Gym, and at 7 p.m., the MHS Wildcats will face the Brandon High School Bulldogs at Ray Stadium.
Also during the game, the homecoming queen will be crowned. The 2012 Homecoming Court maids and their beaus are:
• Freshmen: Emilia Calderon and John Thomas Goldman; Madeline (Maddie) Griffin and Chason Spivey; Jocelyn Rue and Tyriq Spencer; and Traylan Tally and Julius Turner.
• Sophomores: Shatya Moore and Bryson Kendricks; Jasmine Thomas and Shacolby McClelland; Amber Todd and
Corey Cole; and Kristen Zettler and Nathan Gatlin.
• Juniors: Madeline Griffin and Andrew Bator; Jabria Hopkins and Kyler Hubbard; Caroline McGinnis and Kyle Boykin; and Mia Pittman and Jarred Scott.
• Seniors: Kajol Champaneri and Miles Huff; Justice Lynch and Quadry Burrage; Brittany Robinson and Keyonte Carter; and Hannah Starnes and Taylor Lindemann.