For The Daily Gate City
Keokuk High School kicked off homecoming today with the overall theme “Down on the Farm.”
Festivities are organized by the Student Council, and each day’s theme was selected by the cheerleaders. Students and staff are encouraged to dress accordingly for Neon Day today, Farm Animal/Farmer Day Tuesday, Opposite Gender Day Wednesday, Favorite Sports Team Day Thursday, and Purple and White Day Friday.
After a series of votes, homecoming attendants have been chosen by their classes. The senior class voted to nominate four girls as queen candidates and four boys as king candidates. The entire student body will vote to select the queen and king, who will be crowned Thursday night at the pep rally.
Attendants and escorts include:
Freshmen Madylin Merydith, daughter of Wes and Renee Merydith; and Tyler Bitting, son of Colleen Bitting Lawson and the late Jason Bitting. Their parade driver is Alex Meek.
Sophomores Priya Khanolkar, daughter of Dr. Kiran and Alka Khanolkar; and Austin Hughes, son of Chris and Kathee Hughes. Their driver is Rachel Dunlap.
Juniors Kirbey Sanders, daughter of Lori Sanders and Michael Sanders; and Blake Miller, son of Judd Miller and Toni Miller. Their driver is Kody Forbes.
Queen candidates include seniors Jennifer Brown, daughter of Noel and Deanne Brown; Chelsea Deyo, daughter of Gary Deyo and Brenda Neally; Jenna Kite, daughter of Joe and Darcy Kite; and Paige Parker, daughter of Ray and Janne Long and Keith Parker.
King candidates include seniors Vaughn Dorsey, son of Roy Dorsey and grandson of Helen Thorn; Dan Williams, son of Jeff and Shelley Williams; Blake McGhghy, son of Jill Buckert and Todd McGhghy; and Shea Hawkins, son of Stacey and Erika Hawkins.
Drivers for the king and queen candidates include Malorie Maerz, Dan Stolley, Autumn Schulte and Erich Bogner.
KHS will hold Field Day Thursday at Calvert Stadium and Hoerner YMCA. Lunch is served at 11:38 a.m. The menu includes hamburgers grilled by the Keokuk Police Department, potato chips, fresh carrots with dip, fresh apple slices, cookie and soda. The soda is provided courtesy of the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company.
Class competitions in volleyball and powder puff football will take place Thursday afternoon.
The parade begins at 6 p.m. Thursday at Fourth and Main streets. It will proceed up Main to 17th Street, 17th Street to High Street, and up High Street to Calvert Stadium where the pep rally will follow.
Included in the parade will be the Band, Colorguard, Little Feathers, class entries, attendants, queen and king candidates, cheerleaders, football teams, etc. Alumni groups are invited to participate and may call the KHS activities office at 524-2542 (option No. 4) to make arrangements.
The Student Council elected Linda Belba as this year’s grand marshal. She will be driven by Matt Nye.
Derek Rose and Mollie Martin, 2011 king and queen, will be on hand for the homecoming parade and pep rally. Their parade driver is Kevin Clark.
The pep rally will feature all fall sports participants and the crowning of the king and queen. The winners of the class competitions held during Field Day will be announced. There also will be a yell contest, with the four classes competing to determine which can cheer the loudest.
The Keokuk Chiefs’ homecoming opponent is the Williamsburg Raiders. The freshman game begins at 5 p.m., followed by the varsity game at approximately 7:30 p.m. Gates open at 4:15 p.m.
Halftime entertainment will be provided by the KHS Marching Band, Flag Corps and Little Feathers. The highlight of half time will be the presentation of the queen and her court.
The Lee County Pork Producers will grill pork sandwiches for the homecoming game.
“We are pleased that the Pork Producers have agreed to be a part of homecoming again this year and thank them for all they do,” said activities secretary Kelli Rose.
Sandwiches will be sold at the concession stand, with funnel cakes available at a nearby booth.
The homecoming dance is from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Keokuk Christian Academy. Admission is limited to KHS students and their registered dates. The cost is $5 per person.