Homecoming parade a hit in Jefferson

October 30, 1997


Staff Writer, Charles Town

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The floats were modest but the spirits of those on them were high Thursday night for the first-ever Jefferson High School Homecoming Parade.

The parade was open to all of the schools in Jefferson County and the clubs at the high school.

Elementary school children in Halloween costumes rode on the back of pickup trucks or flatbed trailers, waving and smiling.

Jefferson High football players piled into a haywagon barked out cheers, responding to the team captains in the truck pulling them.

Teachers and principals rode comfortably in cars - an honor usually reserved for politicians in other parades.

"The sense of spirit and enthusiasm is something I've been looking for for 25 years. I think it was wonderful. I'm really pleased with the crowd," said parade organizer and Jefferson High teacher Sandy Dougherty.


More than 1,000 people lined the streets of Charles Town for what Dougherty and others hope will become an annual event.

The parade kicks off the homecoming weekend, which continues today with the football game against Hedgesville High at 7:30 p.m. and a dance Saturday night.

Annual homecoming parades would be rotated to the different towns throughout the county in upcoming years, Dougherty said.

Sandra Biggs said she attended the parade to watch her daughter, Meredyth Biggs, one of five girls in the senior homecoming court.

"I think it's neat they're having it to kick off homecoming weekend. It'll make homecoming more of a focal point for the community," Sandra Biggs said.

Heather Roush, 22, of Tuscawilla Hills, a 1993 graduate of Jefferson High, said she wishes there had been homecoming parades when she was a student.

"It helps promote the school spirit. It's nice. I like this," she said.

"It's about time they have something like this. I see a lot of people I went to school with," said Michele Ransom, 32, of Charles Town, a 1983 graduate.

Jamie Staubs, 10, a fifth-grader at C.W. Shipley, said she thought it was "pretty cool" that she got to march in a parade in her cheerleader uniform.

"I liked cheering and getting the crowd to stand up," Staubs said.

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