Emmetsburg Homecoming Week Highlighted By Coronation, Victory
A week filled with Homecoming activities at Emmetsburg High School was capped off Friday night with an E’Hawk victory over Fort Dodge St. Edmonds’. The coronation of Homecoming Royalty on Thursday night and the annual Tailgate and Homecoming Parade on Friday helped highlight the week’s events.
Activities ramped up on Thursday with the annual Coronation Ceremonies at Emmetsburg High School.
After a performance by the Emmetsburg Cheerleaders, Emmetsburg High School Library Associate Joanne Garrelts presented the Homecoming address.
In her remarks, Garrelts noted she had long-standing ties to Emmetsburg Football, as her father, Charles Stillman, played football in 1933 and 1934 as an E’Hawk. “Not only did my father give me a deep love for E’Hawk Football, but my uncles and brothers played E’Hawk Football in the 60’s and 70’s and I had a son who played E’Hawk Football in the 90’s, so I understand E’Hawk Football, E’Hawk Pride, E’Hawk Tradition and E’Hawk Mania,” Garrelts told the crowd.
Garrelts then talked about 1 words and phrases that apply to a great team.
“First and foremost is Leadership,” Garrelts said. “A great team has to start with great leadership, such as the exceptional Coach Clint Stille to the famous coaches, Duane Twait and Tom Steen along with our current coaches Mike Dunlap and Joe Carter. Plus, players have to find leaders among them who will rally and lead the team out on the field.”
Also cited as keys for a successful team were Determination, Intensity, Focus, Dedication, Character, Integrity, Loyalty, Selflessness, Good Sportsmanship and Passion.
“To be an E’Hawk, you must have all of these qualities,” Garrelts said. “Each of these characters alone can be breakable, but together, they are strong and unbreakable. If you combine all these characteristics, you will become strong, unbreakable and unstoppable.”
Garrelts concluded her comments by noting, “The football field is the largest classroom you will ever have… on that field, you will learn more than just football. You will learn about yourself and you will learn about life.”
Following Garrelts remarks, Katelyn Schany, Mistress of Ceremonies, introduced Danielle McCartan, 2007 Homecoming Queen, who took her time, ruffling each of the four candidates’ haircuts before stopping in front of Tyler Kliegl to present him with his medallion.
Matthew Merideth, 2007 Homecoming King, then studied each of the four candidates from afar, walked behind them with the tiara twice before placing the crown on Mollie Smith’s head as the gym erupted in applause.
A performance by the EHS Concert Choir, under the direction of Dave Fog capped off the coronation ceremonies.
Tailgating by several businesses prior to the Homecoming Parade drew good crowds downtown, where attendees sampled all kinds of treats, ranging from taco-in-a-bag to pigs-in-a-blanket, cotton candy, ice cream, popcorn, lemonade, cookies and even foam fingers.
The Homecoming Parade followed with an appearance by the royalty, class attendants, football team, cheerleaders and floats, as well as the Middle School Band, Grand Marshal Claude Thayer and floats from each of the classes, as well as the Middle Schoolers, Emmetsburg FFA, Student Council, Cross Country team, Seventh and Eighth Grade football teams and the Just Eliminate Lies group.
A pep rally in Courthouse Square followed the parade, adding to the build-up for the Homecoming game Friday night, which Emmetsburg won 18-7.