Homecoming celebration under way at Walker
by David Lazenby
Oct 13, 2010 | 2796 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Walker High seniors Juliana Hallman, Jeff Guidry and Mason Drummond construct a homecoming float made to resemble The Beatle’s Yellow Submarine Wednesday at the Northwest Alabama Fairgrounds. Photo by: Daniel Gaddy
Walker High seniors Juliana Hallman, Jeff Guidry and Mason Drummond construct a homecoming float made to resemble The Beatle’s Yellow Submarine Wednesday at the Northwest Alabama Fairgrounds. Photo by: Daniel Gaddy
Seniors at Walker High School will dress up today while their classmates dress down — all in the name of team spirit as the school continues its celebration of homecoming week with “Hollywood/Hillbilly Day.”

On Tuesday, peppy pupils donned suspenders, unfashionable glasses and other geeky garb as they dressed up as prototypical brainiacs for “Outsmart the Warriors!” day during the lead-up to Friday’s game at Kiro-Gambrell Field against West Point. On Wednesday, several students sported fashions from their favorite decade in conjunction with the day’s theme, “Vikings Rule Through the Ages!”

Despite all the fun at the school in associated with homecoming week that will be capped off by Friday’s school pep rally and homecoming parade, Principal Jeremy Crigger said school officials kept their focus on the school’s educational efforts.

“We want our students to participate during that (homecoming week) but we definitely want them to understand we have business to take care of foremost and that’s getting a high-quality education,” Crigger said.

During a faculty meeting held on Oct. 7, Crigger asked teachers to make sure the fun of playing dress up at the school this week was balanced with a continued attention on scholastics endeavors.

Also this week, Walker High students have been preparing for Friday’s annual homecoming parade through downtown Jasper. The school’s marching band has been practicing for its halftime show as well as rehearsing songs it will perform while marching along the parade route that will start at the school parking lot adjacent to 19th Avenue.

Other students have been building the floats symbolizing Friday’s battle between Vikings and Warriors. And of course, coach John Holladay has been preparing his players to remain undefeated on Friday against the 3-4 Warriors from neighboring Cullman County.

Crigger reminded faculty members on Thursday that candy is not to be thrown from the floats as a safety precaution. he said the practice was banned as a result of an accident that occured several years ago.

Today, pedestrian parade participants have the duty of passing out the sweet treats, a highlight of the annual event that each year draws thousands of spectators.

Also on Friday, students will wear their team colors, black and gold. Some seniors plan to wear togas as a show of team pride and class consolidarity.

As final preparations are being made for Friday’s game, the Kiwanis Club of Jasper will be preparing flapjacks for its annual pancake supper fundraiser at the Walker High School cafeteria. $5 plates that includes sausage and a drink may be purchased in the cafeteria from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. They also may be purchased through a drive-through that will be set up near the parking lot adjacent to the school’s main office. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the annual fundraiser benefits Walker County children. Tickets may be purchased in advance from any local Kiwanis Club member or by calling Becky Estes at 275-5774.

Before kickoff, a Senior Night recognition event being held at the football field will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Senior members of the football team, marching band, cheerleaders and athletic trainers will be recognized at mid-field of Kiro-Gambrell Field with their parents.

During half-time on Friday, the Homecoming Court and the Football Maids and sponsors will be recognized.

Homecoming Court members are Julianna Hallman, Lauren Sanders, Saturynn Dorrough, Courtney Connell and Amber Ivory.

Football Maids are senior Meijah McCollum, junior Pollyann Scruggs, sophomore Grayson Griffith, and freshman Taylor Kimbrell. The football sponsor is Valerie Harris.

Immediately after the game, a Homecoming Dance will be held at the Community Health Systems Activity Center.

The dance ends at midnight, according to the school’s website that said no tickets for the dance will be sold at the door.