Colton Corner: You might be from a small town if...you've ever gone home for homecoming
Colton High School's homecoming comes in autumn, close behind the fall harvest but before the winter's snow. Usually, at least in our town along the foothills, the seasonal rains have begun, and this was the case at last Friday's homecoming game.
The night was filled with cheers of, "Let's go Vikings, Let's go!" and lots of off and on rain showers.
This year the homecoming football game pitted the Colton High School Vikings against the Kennedy High School Trojans from Mount Angel. As in years past, students, families and alumni came to cheer on the team. The band sounded great and the cheerleaders kept the crowd enthused. The snack shack and barbecue stand kept the crows fed.
"I do love the spirit of the kids and fans that comes with homecoming," CHS alumna Leslie Olsen said.
At halftime, a flatbed truck donated for use by GTE Metal Erectors and decorated by the CHS leadership class to look like a Viking ship, drove the homecoming court into the stadium. Rick Young, "Voice of the Vikings," introduced the court as they disembarked from the "ship."
In this day and age, instead of paper votes from the students to vote for the CHS royalty, the voting is done online. One leadership student said it takes so much less time as the program counts the votes and negates counting mistakes.
The court included: freshmen Reagan Kilman and Tanner Carlin; sophomores Rileigh Rosenow and Dominic Combest Day; juniors Victoria Hanson and Robert Skinner; senior princesses Willow Boyer, Sophie Holden and Kayleigh Ledbury; and senior princes Wyatt Angell, Nate Browning and Zach Rodgers.
As the crowd counted down from 10 to 1, the senior court stepped up to boxes emblazoned with their names and lifted the lids. Gold balloons floated in front of Ledbury and Angell signaling they were the 2019 CHS homecoming queen and king.
Many members of the student body attending the game wore pink. They explained, "Tonight we are having a 'pink-out' to raise awareness for Breast Cancer Month."
Alumni coming to the game gathered together.
"We're telling stories about way back when," David Wales said.
The Vikings didn't win the game, but fought hard. The homecoming dance was held the following evening in the multi-purpose room of the high school.
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