• Victoria Nix

Homecoming 2020 wraps up with pep rally, football win

Students and faculty enjoy Homecoming Pep Rally

The Cairo High School student body had its first and only pep rally of the fall on Friday, November 13, at 9:00 a.m. in the football stadium. The pep rally began with the Homecoming Parade. During the pep rally, Kennison Clark was announced as Homecoming King, several student organizations were recognized, and the CHS cheerleading squad and Syrupmaker Marching Band performed.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, students had to sit in groups of two; pep rallies usually occur in the New Gym, but instead this year’s pep rally was in the football stadium so that it would be in the open air and to allow for social distancing.

CHS students were encouraged to wear red and black on Friday for Homecoming Week's School Spirit Day. Some of the cheerleaders wore 80s outfits for Through the Decades Day on Thursday, the original date for the pep rally.

The CHS NJROTC color guard and marching unit lead the procession. The pep rally began with the Homecoming Parade, where Senior club representatives were paraded around the field in golf carts and recognized in front of the student body. The CHS NJROTC color guard and marching unit lead the procession, and the Cheer Squad, R&B Dance Team, and Homecoming Kings were also included.

Senior ladies who represented CHS organizations in the parade were:

  • Alexis Gray (NJRTOC)

  • Lexi Maxwell (Syrupmaker Cheerleaders)

  • Kaitlyn Donalson (Student Council)

  • Anna Cooper (FCCLA)

  • Lily McKenzie (FBLA)

  • Amanda Renaud (KEY Club)

  • Jewell Gammill (Cairo Youth Council)

  • Diane Gomez (FFA)

  • Ameila Pharis (Political Science Club)

  • TiAsia Green (R&B Dance Team)

  • Grace Gainous (Raconteur)

  • Zoe Watson (Theatre Club)

  • Leah Perry (Syrupmaid Basketball)

  • Mary Harrison (The Red & Black)

  • Alli Hester (National Honor Society)

  • Marisol Gaspar-Orozco (Helping Hands Club)

  • Crystal Mills (SAGE)

  • Kenna Anderson (Chorus)

  • Jenin Ross (Softball)

  • Camille Dukes (FCA)

Homecoming Court and Homecoming King nominees

Coach Barbara Godwin, the rally's emcee, recognized the Homecoming Court members. She revealed that this year's Homecoming King nominees raised over $5,000 in their competition for the crown; Homecoming King Kennison Clark alone raised over $2000, the emcee stated.

The R&B Dance Team, Syrupmaid softball team, and the football team's "Senior Sweethearts’’ were also honored.

Coach Godwin announced that the Freshman Class, along with its sponsor Ms. Kim Meredith, won of the annual Homecoming Hall Decoration Contest and its $200 prize.

In the contest, each grade competed to see which class had the most school spirit by decorating their hallway according to the Homecoming theme, "A Touch of Class"; Sophomores decorated First Wing, Freshmen festooned Second Wing, Juniors embellished Third Wing, and Seniors ornamented Fourth Wing. Common themes among this year's decorated halls were The Roaring 20s, gold, black, red, streamers, and shimmery designs.

The Class of 2021 Seniors Favorites, which Seniors voted on in late October, were also announced:

  • Ricky Walker and Jenin Ross were voted Most School Spirit

  • Best to bring home to mom and dad are Noah Jones and Rainey Thompson.

  • Class Clowns are JW Knight and Jamaya Spence

  • Most Athletic are Tayy Solomon and Chambria Vicks

  • Most Likely to be late to school because they are hunting are Tanner Todd and Sierra Nix

  • Kade Godwin and Yoatzi Alba were voted Most Likely to be America's Top Model

  • Best Smile are Raylen Brown and Lexi Maxwell

  • Best Hair are Kiljah Thomas and Graci Bishop

  • Most Dramatic are Gavin Garland and Amanda Renaud

  • Best Dressed are Tequan Latimore and Jamiracle Mayo

  • Most Talented are Aaron Mora and Camille Strickland

  • Worst Drivers are Asher Childs and Anna Cooper

  • Most Likely to be CEO of Google are Noah Majors and Mary Harrison

  • Best All Around are Bryce Perry and Ambria Vicks

Student Body President Kaitlyn Donalson and rally emcee Coach Godwin crown Homecoming King Kennison Clark
Homecoming Queen Yoatzi Alba at Friday night's game

That evening at 7:30 p.m., the Homecoming football game kicked off at West Thomas Stadium; the Syrupmakers defeated the Dougherty High School Trojans by the score of 32-20. During halftime, Homcoming Court member Miss Yoatzi Alba, a Senior, was selected as 2020 Homecoming Queen.

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