It was all cheer and school spirit as the West Point community celebrated its 2017 homecoming Friday.
After a week of festivities, West Point High School’s homecoming celebration reached its crescendo with a parade and football game against Colonial Beach High School Friday evening.
“The kids have been very enthusiastic,” West Point High School Principal Mark Dorsey said as the Pointers squared off against the Drifters during the football game. Around him swarmed students decked out in face paint, school attire and tutus in West Point’s blue and orange. Hundreds packed the stands and crowded along the field to take in the game.
When halftime rolled around, homecoming king Jared Lawson took to the field with crown bearer Elliott Ambrose and Dorsey to crown the school’s homecoming queen.
The crown went to Shannon Hayden amid cheers from the stands. Kelsey West and Carter Zentner were queen candidates.
Lawson had been crowned during a pep rally earlier in the day, West Point Superintendent Laura Abel said. Marshall Gill and Bennett Diggs were king candidates.
During the pep rally, the seniors won the spirit stick after a struggle with the sophomores, Abel said.
A sizable crowd came out to cheer the Pointers on against the Drifters, including teachers, School Board members and others in the community. Though a hard-fought game, West Point ultimately lost 22-6.
Prior to the game, Main Street was taken over by a convoy of school spirit as the parade made its way through downtown.
Residents and students lined the sidewalks as the football, cross-county and volleyball teams were joined by homecoming queen candidates, cheerleaders and the marching band on their journey up West Point’s main drag.
Also in the parade were floats built by each class. The floats were emblazoned with decorations in blue and orange, hoping to one-up each other. Ultimately, the juniors’ float won the school spirit contest.
Friday’s football game and parade were preceded by a week of spirit days, float decorating and other activities. A dance after the game capped off festivities.
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