BHS homecoming set to roll
Homecoming week at Baldwin High School is an annual event enjoyed by the student body and this year is no exception.
The annual spirit week began Tuesday and will be capped off with the BHS homecoming dance Friday after the home football game. In the middle of all that are pep rallies, a parade and, of course, the homecoming ceremony.
"As far as I know, everything is ready to go," said Joyce Tallman, BHS student council advisor. "We've been planning for weeks."
The main event of the week is the crowing of the king and queen. It will take place at halftime of Friday's football game.
The kind candidates are Jacob Enick, Aaron Karlin and Luke Weaver. The queen candidates are Heather Garcia, Tess Lyons and Kat Niehues. They were voted in as candidates by the BHS student body.
The crown bearers Friday will be Kay Lee Richardson and Carter Blann. Richardson is the daughter of Chad and Stephanie Richardson and the granddaughter of Tallman. Blann is the son of Matt and Jennifer Blann and the granddaughter of Dennis and Sandra Lawson.
Before the football game, there will be a homecoming parade through Baldwin City. It will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the Baldwin Elementary School Primary Center and finish at Liston Stadium.
The parade will begin at Sixth and Chapel streets, head south on Sixth to High Street, then east on Second Street and into the stadium.
"It's a different route than what we did last year, so we'll have to see how it works," Tallman said. "We're also hoping that more people will be out to watch, since we've publicized it."
After the parade ends, there will be a short pep rally with the BHS cheerleaders, pom squad and band.
"I really hope a lot of people come and see the hard work the classes, fall sports and activities put into their floats," student council president Tess Lyons said. "It's loads of fun and this year should have a better outcome than the last. It has potential to be a great school spirit booster. We would love for the community to get involved and come support its high school."
Community members and groups are invited to join the parade this year. The theme is "Through the Decades" but floats aren't required as walkers are allowed to join.
The BHS students have also been celebrating spirit week at school. Each day was given a theme. Tuesday was team logo day, Wednesday was stop light day, today is dress like your decade day and Friday is purple pride day. On stop light day, students who are single wear green, those in a relationship wear red and those who don't know wear yellow.
(BHS Correspondent Ashlyn Cole contributed to this story.)