Many traditions come with Central’s homecoming. One of the most popular and highly-anticipated is the homecoming parade and bonfire.
The third-annual parade showcased many of Central students and their school spirit.
Senior Amanda Smaltz showed her pather pride on the class of 2019’s “Monster’s Inc.” themed float.
“My favorite part of the parade was definitely being able to be on the senior float and toss candy to all of the little kids. It was really cool to be able to do that before I graduate,” Smaltz said.
Participants and attendees of all ages came to the high school to enjoy the parade and celebrate their Central pride.
Smaltz said, “I think it really lets everyone in the district come together and enjoy a fun event. It gets the high schoolers even more pumped for homecoming.”
The parade was a long-running tradition many years ago and was recently revived in 2016. In three short years, the homecoming parade has already become a popular tradition once again.
“I’ve gone every year I’ve been in high school, and it’s an awesome way to start homecoming weekend,” said Smaltz.
Along with the high schoolers, the Central elementary schools were able to participate in the parade as well.
Elementary teacher Mrs. Anne Strayer joined the “Roundtown P.R.O.U.D.” panthers on their rock n’ roll themed float.
Strayer said, “It was really fun for the faculty at Roundtown to work together on our float entry. We had a blast working in the mornings before our kiddos arrived, although we did make a glitter mess many mornings.”
Strayer and her fellow teachers joined the Roundtown students in walking the parade.
“[The best part of the parade was] seeing our principal Matt Miller rock out and seeing so many students with smiles on their faces,” said Strayer.
Senior Class President and member of the 2018 Homecoming Court Maura O’Mahony shared the high hopes held by CYHS Student Council for the continued tradition.
“We’d love to see the parade grow into a district-wide event that everyone looks forward to each year,” said O’Mahony.
“The parade builds the school spirit throughout the community,” she said. “It makes the week of homecoming even more special than before.”