GARNER — Garner High celebrated homecoming last weekend, with the typical fanfare and a big football victory ... and none of the rain that marred last year’s festivities.
Hunter Lesslie and Ashley Brittain were elected homecoming king and queen, and were presented at halftime to massive cheers. Julius Barnes and Kirby Jones were named homecoming prince and princess respectively. The senior class won the spirit competition, which consisted of events throughout the week. Juniors came in second.
The homecoming parade Friday afternoon followed a after an entire week of float construction. The seniors’ float took first prize for its medieval-themed design, with a Trojan riding out of a castle and running over a Wildcat (the mascot of homecoming opponent West Johnston). It beat a freshmen Stone Age float, sophomore ancient Egypt motif and the juniors’ Wild West cowboy float.
Seniors won the Powderpuff football event that took place Oct. 2, with $1,500 raised for the student council through ticket sales.
Naturally, dress themes had students showing up to school in style: Monday was America day, Tuesday was wacky-tacky, Wednesday was class color, Thursday was “favorite era” and Friday was blue and gold.
Not all of the activities consisted of competition merely for pride. The classes also competed for a cause: A food drive that raised homecoming points for donations. Community of Hope Executive Director Amy White said the school collected a more than 10,000 food items. That’s four times as much as the first time the event was held three years ago. Juniors donated the most items (3,303), followed by freshmen (2,801).
“These kids made it happen,” White said. “They worked hard; they’ve taken ownership. ... The kids have really embraced it.”
Oh, and the game? Garner smashed West Johnston 62-21.