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Homecoming Parade

posted Oct 4, 2017, 5:46 AM by David Tapp

A Seussy Street Celebration

By: Abbie Phillips

The sun was shining, and the temperature was a cool 75 degrees. From floats to costumes, Dr. Seuss themed decorations were everywhere you looked. The excitement was building as students from all of the District 140 schools poured into the parking lot of Eureka High School. When the marching band took its place at the front of the line, the Homecoming Parade officially began.

This past week was Eureka High School’s homecoming week. Friday, Aug. 29 was the day the district had been preparing for. On top of having an early out, the annual parade wound its way through the streets of Eureka that afternoon.

Senior Mitch Wettstein was the The Homecoming King this year. Mitch is an active member of the Eureka FFA Chapter and can usually be spotted with his fellow FFA members on the float. Since it was Mitch’s first year as a member of the court, the parade was a whole new experience. “It did feel a little more special because we were near the front of the parade and everyone waved and many people congratulated us. It was more special because it was different than being on a float with a bunch of other people because people were more focused on us because we were the only ones in the truck,” Mitch said.

Mitch was joined by classmate and Homecoming Queen, Natalie Bardwell. In years past, Natalie could have been spotted on the Student Council parade float, but this year was a special one. Natalie said, “Being queen was such an honor and I’m thankful for everyone who voted because every girl deserved it! It was really fun riding in the parade, and Mitch and I made it fun. It was cool getting to see everyone and getting to throw candy to little kids. It’s such an honor to be a part of something like this and makes me appreciate our small town community!”

Last Friday was also the last homecoming parade for a special member of Eureka High School: Mr. Wherley. In past years, Mr. Wherley could be seen riding around in a golf cart with a fellow staff member, but this time Mr. Wherley received the position of Grand Honor Marshal. He traded in the golf cart for a seat in a shiny convertible along with his wife, Dana, and daughter, Addison. When asked about what he will miss most, Mr. Wherley said,  “I loved seeing former students along the parade route along with parents and friends.  I will miss all of the dress up days and sporting events throughout the week that make it a special time of the year.”

Between planning the dress up days for the week and building the floats for the parade, many Eureka High School students and staff members put in countless hours to make the homecoming week a success this year. All the hard work and energy that went into the parade helped set the stage for that night’s football game and the dance the following night.