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Heroes spotlighted in MHS homecoming

Monday, September 17, 2012

A queen is crowned. Morgan Spilman was crowned the 2012 Monett Homecoming queen. Morgan was escorted by Jovany Serrano, at left and Caleb Blue. [Times Photo by Melissa Leech]
The many faces of heroes in the eyes of Monett High School students were celebrated in the homecoming parade held on Friday. "A Hero's Homecoming" was the theme, prompting different presentations by each grade.

The freshmen float used the slogan "Who's Your Hero?," set on a football field. Instead of being populated by gridiron athletes, the field showed real heroes: a doctor, teacher, nurse, soldiers, Olympians, a grandma and grandpa, plus superheroes such as Captain America and Batman. At the end of the float was a sign identifying the scene as "Cub Nation."

Sophomores headed their float with the declaration: "Don't Fear, the Cubs are Here." Theirs was a comic-book world of large black blocks forming multi-storied buildings with yellow lights in the windows.

Romping over the rooftops were male and female superheroes, from Spiderman and Batman to female characters in familiar designs. They tangled with several villains, including a "Joker" wearing an East Newton jersey who was tied to a building.

The juniors used the slogan "Protect Our Home Turf" as a double meaning, guarding the football field set on the float and the United States of America, shown in a display of military might with a mock cannon overseeing the field. East Newton players were on the field waving white flags as the defenders waved Old Glory, both on the float and along side.

A golf cart followed the float with the sign, "Just Winning."

The seniors made a personal message of heroism, remembering their teacher, Shelby Linahan, who recently died of cancer. A pink jersey with her name and the breast cancer awareness symbol was mounted on the wall at the front of the float.

"We came; We Fought; We Conquered" was the slogan on the side of the float. Classmates wore pink as the universal symbol for breast cancer awareness and engaged in various forms of training for the fight, from running on a treadmill to using a punching bag to getting in the boxing ring. Their trainer was Christy Kreuger, herself a cancer survivor. At the end of the float was a sign, "Remember."

The MHS cheerleaders also carried the hero theme by dressing in masks, superhero style, as they rode together on a truck.

Heading the parade was a color guard of Junior ROTC students of the Scott Regional Technical Center and the MHS Marching Pride Band and Flag Corps, accompanied by director Philip Soule.

Royalty from each of the classes rode in convertibles by their classmates' float. Following the floats was a large contingent of Mighty Mite football players and cheerleaders, who threw candy to the crowd that lined Broadway.

Judges viewing the floats declared the juniors to have the best presentation. The winner -- the junior class -- was announced at halftime during the football game at Burl Fowler Stadium.

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