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The glowing lights of Leonard Cole Field’s stadium provided a timely setting for this year’s Marshalltown High School reunion crowning theme. “Light up the night.”
The ceremony followed a traditional parade down Main Street – only the second in four years due to the 2018 tornado and COVID-19 precautions.
Marshalltown High School counselor Valere Corson, who is also a co-counsel for the Student Senate, said it was exciting to return to the school’s traditions after an abridged celebration in 2020.
“There was a coronation last year during the pre-game Friday on the track in front of the stadium. We had a “modified” version of our traditional ceremony ”, said Corson.
With approximately 500-600 community members and students in attendance, the MHS student body elected Rochelle Avalos Queen and Dominick Garth King for Homecoming.
The honor was bestowed on Avalos and Garth by last year’s school royalty Milagros Barajas and Sergio Zaragoza. Zaragoza is attending Kirkwood Community College and Barajas is in Iowa State studying kinesiology.
“It’s a little weird to be back, but I see a lot of familiar faces, so it’s nice to be back and to see my family too” said Barajas.
New Homecoming Queen Avalos is involved with the math team, the National Honor Society, the chess club, and violence prevention mentors.
“It feels really good. Everyone’s cheering you on and all the excitement that’s going on just gives you kind of a rush ”, Avalos said.
Garth, this year’s king, felt nervous and normally didn’t like to be the center of attention. He is the starting running back for the Bobcat football team and also plays on the defensive line.
“I’m nervous for tomorrow, but I know we can pull off the W because I have good teammates ready to play with me” said Garth.
The reunion tribunal also included:
Queen candidates: Bianca Andrade, Lisbeth Avina, Phoebe Hermanson, Jennifer Mendoza, Kendall See and Rachel Smith.
Candidates kings: Austin Close, Marco Herrera, Emmanuel Gonzalez, Aaron Seberger, Ziek Slocum and Gannon Williams.
With the crowning of a new Queen and a new King, the stage is set for Friday’s 7:30 p.m. kick-off game against Fort Dodge. The Bobcats will enter the game 1-2 after last week’s loss to Newton. Fort Dodge is 3-0 undefeated.
The week will end with the reunion ball in the MHS cafeteria from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday. Certain COVID-19 precautions are encouraged while dancing, such as masks, outdoor breaks, and not dancing in a large group.
Corson said that as they made arrangements to tackle COVID, she felt there was an increased sense of anticipation among the students.
“So far ticket sales tend to be higher than in previous years. I think overall the students are just too excited to dance and resume our normal traditions back home ”, she said.
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