Even though inclement weather postponed St. Clair High School’s Homecoming parade for a week, spirits were not dampened around the school on Friday and Friday night as the rest of the festivities took place as scheduled that day.
Seniors Nicole Nardi and Dylan Hammer were crowned queen and king, respectively, during halftime of the Bulldogs’ 69-24 victory over visiting Hermann on the football field.
Rain throughout the day on Friday forced the school’s administration to reschedule the annual parade to 2 p.m. this Friday. Oct. 12, and move this past Friday’s pep assembly inside to the gymnasium. But Friday night’s coronation ceremony went on as planned under chilly conditions as the rain stopped just before kickoff.
“In the face of challenging circumstances, homecoming was extremely successful and enjoyable for everyone,” SCHS teacher, Student Council adviser and homecoming sponsor Sarah Dierker told The Missourian. “I’m looking forward to keeping the excitement going with the parade this Friday. It’ll be nice because we will get to show off the king and queen and the float winners.”
The junior class produced the winning float. The freshmen were runners-up.
Principal Kevin Hillman said rescheduling the parade to this Friday will be a one-time opportunity to still have the event. If more bad weather invades the area that day, the parade will be canceled.
The route will be altered from what originally was planned and now will follow the traditional streets. It will start at the high school and will weave its way to Bardot Street, East Springfield Road, Main Street and Park Avenue. Buses will pick up students at the Evergreen Park parking lot.
“The (Springfield Road) construction has had another week to work, so the parade will be the original route,” Hillman said. “We were lucky in the schedule to have another home game this Friday so we used that for attempting to have our parade.”
The Bulldogs entertain Borgia at 7 p.m. on Friday.
Hillman said he believes it’s important to the school, the district and the community to try to get the parade in as planned.
“We have so many organizations and classes that worked hard to get their individual items ready for the parade,” he said. “We wanted to give the community and school the opportunity to see these wonderful students and the great things that they do. Because of that, we will try and have the parade again this Friday afternoon. I hope you can get a chance to come out and support our students.”
Parade participants will include the homecoming court; high school clubs, organizations and fall athletes; and the class floats. Floats were judged last Friday.
The parade’s grand marshal is longtime SCHS teacher David Purviance.
Nardi and Hammer both were one of eight queen and king candidates. Other senior girls on the court were Anna Reed, Sydnee Landing, Veronica Guerra, Jamie Green, Amanda Presley, Kayla Klenke and Taylor Townsend. The king candidates were Coty DeClue, Evan Murphy, Evan Powell, Adam Brott, Kyle Juergens, Neyko Dominguez and Austin Gotway.
Crownbearers were Emma Talleur and Luke Dierker.
The 2011 retiring queen and king were Ashley Fuchs and Drew York.
Other “winners” last week were the senior class. They captured the spirit stick, the girls’ powder puff game and the McDonald’s competition. The school also collected more than $350 and 235 canned-good items to donate to local food pantries.
“I love traditions, and SCHS has a lot of great ones, such as homecoming,” Dierker said. “Student Council is always looking for suggestions to better our events and to get the entire Bulldog community involved. Please feel free to contact us anytime.”