MEEKER I The kids of Meeker High School (MHS) chose Mary and Mike Washburn to be their Homecoming parade grand marshals last week out of respect and honor for the tireless help the two have given Meeker youth through the years.
Mary has been instrumental in assisting students with tutoring and counseling, especially at risk kids. “Miss Mary” served for more than 15 years as MHS librarian, assisting kids with books, other materials, computers and “making essays bleed” with a finely honed pen.
Even today, it’s told, former students email her drafts of college essays for editing.
Mike has served the town, parents and students as a police officer for years, while also being the school’s truant officer and special liaison. Mary and Mike led the parade in a donated and newly painted, in Meeker Cowboys black and gold, golf cart.
Two girls and two boys from each year class are traditionally nominated by their cohorts to be Homecoming royalty. All students then vote for these nominees to select the Royal Homecoming Court. Nominated for Homecoming queen this year by the freshman class (2019) were Allison Moon, daughter of Stephanie and Jason Moon, and Allie Willie, daughter of Rachel and Toby Willie.
For Homecoming king, the freshmen nominated Andy Kracht, son of Betty and Jason Kracht, and C.J. Wangnild, son of Shea Musgrave. Sophomore (Class of 2018) nominees were Alicia Mobley, daughter of Mandy and Travis Mobley, Taylor Dodds, daughter of Kim and Rick Dodds, Cooper Meszaros, son of Stacey and Scott Meszaros, and Valentin Rosas, son of Maria and Jose Rosas. The juniors (Class of 2017) nominated Halle Ahrens, daughter of Jennifer Turner, Brenda and Kent Ahrens, Lori Ann Klinglesmith, daughter of Jackie and Lenny Klinglesmith, Ty Gibson, son of Stephanie and Todd Gibson, and Casey Turner, son of Kelly and Coley Turner. The seniors (Class of 2016) were Madi Shults, daughter of Tera and Clint Shults, Kadie Hummel, daughter of Brenda Mullins and Chuck Hummel, Nick Burri, son of Trudi and Wayne Burri, and Zach Medlin, son of Stephanie and Donald Medlin.
The Royal Court, named during halftime at Friday night’s football game, were Second Attendants Madi Shults and Cooper Meszaros and First Attendants Lori Ann Klinglesmith and Nick Burri. The Homecoming queen and king were Kadie Hummel and Casey Turner.
There was also a weeklong spirit competition at the high school. Everyone was to dress up every day to the SciFi theme that had been established for the week.
Monday was Marvel (Comics) Day, Tuesday was Star Trek and Star Wars Day, Wednesday was “Out of this World Day” and Thursday was Meeker Pride Day. A graded ranking was given each class depending on their degree of participation. Also announced at the football game, the spirit ratings were the seniors in fifth place, the fourth place sophomores, the third place freshmen and the second place juniors. The 2015 Spirit Days group first place Winners were the MHS faculty. This announcement won great applause at Starbuck Stadium.
The classes also had a “Coin Wars” charity fund-raising competition. They raised a total of $61.29. The junior class raised the most, followed by the freshman class, sophomores and the seniors. The contest for best wall decoration in the high school gym was won by the senior class, followed by the juniors, freshmen and sophomores. The best high school window decoration was won by the seniors (they do have some art talent), followed by the sophomores, juniors and freshmen.
As for the Friday afternoon Homecoming parade, the float competition was won by the sophomores followed by the freshmen, juniors and seniors. To the crowd, it appeared that the seniors had no float at all, but according to some, in keeping with the SciFi homecoming theme, the senior class float was simply invisible. The judges, however, agreed that the school administration ought to consider whether the senior class might have to show up with a float in a town parade before they are allowed to graduate. The December Parade of Lights comes to mind, they suggested.
The overall Homecoming Class Champions, based on a point system for all the competitions, were the sophomores with 248 points, followed by 227 points for the freshmen, 221 points for the juniors and 168 points for the seniors. The four community volunteer judges for most of the events were hospital administrator Ken Harman and former teachers Pat Robinson, Bob Dorsett and Vicky Frisby Tate.