The Lake Oswego community once again gathered on A Avenue to celebrate homecoming last week. This time it was Lake Oswego High School students who paraded down the street in a show of school spirit and hometown pride.
The parade featured the school's homecoming court, district administrators, the band, various sports teams, the drama department and floats created by each class. The Laker cheer and dance teams led the parade, something that cheerleader Briana Gutierrez said she and the other members enjoy. "We love to represent the school and show our spirit," she said. "We like to get everybody excited. It's fun to be the first ones out, bringing the energy up."
Cheerleader Andrea Naumann said one of her favorite parts of homecoming is seeing the community come out to support the school. "I love seeing the community come together to support us, all of the teams and students," she said. "It's fun to have so many sports and other things represented in the parade."
School board chair Rob Wagner was a familiar face to many on the sidelines of the parade, and from attending Lake Oswego High School himself to parenting children at the school, he's familiar with the tradition as well.
"It's the crux of the community; it always brings everyone together to celebrate the school," he said. "It's a full circle moment for me, from when I used to put the floats together to now standing on the sidelines watching my kids go down the street. It's great to be here to support the students."
The parade was followed later in the day by the homecoming game, in which the Lakers defeated Clackamas High School 42-20. Cheerleader Pearson Duden said the homecoming game is the best one of the year. "It's really fun because it's our big home game," she said. "It's the most hyped up game of the year, and most if not all of the students come out to support the school."
Principal Rollin Dickinson said he enjoys seeing the Laker pride come out in his students. "We love homecoming week — the spirit days, the games, the dance," he said. "Homecoming is an opportunity to celebrate being a community and to feel that Laker pride. It's a fun week, and we have a lot to be proud of."
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