Lindsey Mays – Staff Writer
Clarion University kicked off Homecoming weekend this past Thursday night at the annual pep rally in front of the Clarion Courthouse on Main Street. This year, the parade also took place in the heart of town on Saturday Oct. 7, allowing the campus and community to share the celebration.
The night consisted of many performances from different student groups on campus, including the Clarion University cheerleaders, dance team, step team and hip-hop team. The cheerleaders started by getting the crowd in the spirit and the other groups kept the enthusiasm going with their high-energy performances. The pep rally is also a time of recognition for the sports teams on campus and helps to pump up all who are in attendance for the Homecoming football game.
Something of great anticipation was the 2017 Homecoming royalty. This year’s court included freshmen Deborah Thomas escorted by Charles Tate; sophomores Moniqua Bumoskey escorted by Doug Tatters; juniors Michelle Geytenbeek escorted by Zachary Shoup; and seniors Mckenzie Reck escorted by Cameron Kockler and Alyssa Creighton escorted by Nathan Williams. Creighton and Williams were crowned the 2017 Homecoming queen and king.
“It’s really an honor to be able to represent Clarion University as the 2017 Homecoming king,” Williams stated. “Getting the chance to be on the court with other campus leaders was an amazing experience, and I’ll never take for granted all of the opportunities Clarion has given me.”
The court was recognized once more at the Homecoming football game on Saturday where the Golden Eagles defeated Seton Hill, 33-28. The Homecoming dance that evening provided food and fun to those who attended.