Marceline High School had its annual homecoming Friday, Sept. 28, which featured many community members in hand-built floats.
Residents came from around Marceline to meet and show their school spirit.
Parents, faculty, students, young and old attended Marceline homecoming events Friday. They came to support their school and their Tigers.
Marceline residents began making their way to Main Street USA around 1 p.m. to find the best spot for the homecoming parade. The street was lined with kids eager for candy and older folks excited to cheer on the Tigers as they made their way up and down Marceline.
The Marceline cheer dads were set up in Ripley Park. The dads were selling hot dogs, chips and drinks to support the Marceline Cheerleaders.
Marceline Mayor and proud cheer dad Tyson Brammer says he appreciates the support.
“We love supporting our cheerleaders and we love seeing our small town community support them too,” Brammer said.
Another fundraiser was being held down the street at Marceline Jewelry and Gifts. The Marceline Alumni Association was holding two raffles. They were holding their annual 50/50 raffle for the homecoming game ball signed by the football team and a new raffle for a handmade blanket. The blanket commemorates 70 years of the Marceline Alumni Association. The proceeds went towards the homecoming parade and alumni banquet.
Many Marceline alumni came to the parade. Deborah Barnett, class of ‘73, came to the homecoming parade to see the floats and cheer on the Tigers.
Barnett says she enjoys this time of year.
“Marceline homecoming is a tradition, it’s the same time every year and it’s something I always look forward to,” Barnett said. “It’s a special time.”
Barnett worked on many homecoming floats when she was in school. Her favorite part was assembling the floats and making designs with chicken wire and tissue paper.
Another Marceline resident was hopeful for a Tigers win. Richard Hoskins grew up in Linneus, but moved to Marceline over 40 years ago. Since then, he’s attended Marceline homecoming just about every year.
According to Hoskins, he wanted one thing for homecoming.
“I’m excited to see a Tigers win tonight,” Hoskins said.
Excited Hoskins was after the Tigers pummeled Schuyler County 55-16. Fittingly, the class of ‘21 won the class float contest with their postcard from Paris. The card read, “The Rams must be French because they’re toast.”
Two Marceline seniors were chosen as this year’s homecoming king and queen. Kailey Stallo and Logan Swanson were crowned Marceline homecoming queen and king respectively at halftime Friday night. The other members of this year’s homecoming court included freshmen Ramzee Bruner and Wyatt Molloy, sophomores Savannah McCafferty and Nick Dorrell, juniors Emeree Stufflebean and Gage Clampitt and seniors Maycee Edgar, Desmond Fessler, Nathan Sayer and Jaylea Bixenman.