Even though skies were overcast and drizzle fell at times, the Homecoming spirit wasn’t dampened at Emmetsburg High School over the past week. The annual celebration of Fall concluded Saturday night with the Homecoming Dance, or MORP, and was highlighted on Thursday night with the crowning of the king and queen in the unveiling of the new auditorium at the high school.
Thursday’s coronation featured a talk by long-time Emmetsburg educator and coach Jim Willmore III, who reminded the audience that being an E’Hawk meant being a member of a proud extended family.
“I’ve always been proud to be an E’Hawk, and I hope you are, too,”?Willmore said. “It doesn’t matter how long ago you were in school, or where you’ve gone in your life, you are still an E’Hawk and will be, and that’s something you can always be proud of.”
The crowning of the new king and queen was handled by the 2008 Homecoming Queen, Mollie Smith, who opened the secret envelope, gave a big smile and walked around the king candidates, who waited nervously, until Smith presented Jacob Morris with the king’s medallion to loud cheers and applause.
Smith took the crown and circled the nervous queen candidates, and teasingly almost crowned Jordan Morris before walking to the end of the row and placing the crown on Blake Schany’s head as the audience erupted in cheers again.
A performance by the Emmetsburg Concert Choir concluded the coronation ceremonies.
Light rain Friday morning cast some doubts about the Homecoming Tailgate and parade, but the skies held and the downtown business district was filled with onlookers who took advantage of the many tailgate offerings from Chamber of Commerce members, as well as the Homecoming Parade. Grand Marshal Joann Herbers was honored in the parade, which featured the Emmetsburg Middle School and High School Marching bands, along with the class floats, Middle School and high school football teams and the royal court.
A pep rally concluded the parade in the Courthouse Square to build up to the Homecoming football game with Garner-Hayfield.
Emmetsburg scored quickly in the game and took a 35-8 victory over the Cardinals to cap off the week, and the official observance of Homecoming closed out Saturday night with the dance, which was held in a casual format in the high school gym.