Chillicothe was filled with Homecoming spirit Friday, as the traditional parade made its way down Washington Street in the afternoon. The parade was followed that evening by the Hornets' football game against the Cameron Dragons, and the introduction of Homecoming royalty. The coronation came after the Hornets' first victory on Bob Fairchild Field, at the new Jerry Litton Memorial Stadium.

Bridgett Kieffer, daughter of Jason and Kim Kieffer, was crowned Homecoming queen, and Brice Griffin, son of Bill and Becky Griffin, was crowned Homecoming king.

Kieffer is involved in CHS Student Council, Spanish Club, FFA, Key Club, Senior Executive Committee, Science Club, FCCLA, Girls' "C" Club, CHS Fall and Winter dance teams, and track. She serves as FFA 1st vice president, Key Club president, and CHS Senior Class president. She is a member of National Honor Society, and has earned letters in academics, basketball, track, and dance team. She attends St. Columban Catholic Church and is a member of FCA. Kieffer plans to attend the University of Missouri, to major in OB/GYN Nursing.

Griffin participates in FBLA, student council, FCCLA, Science Club, soccer, CHS Swarm, and Boys' "C" Club. He is CHS Student Council president, soccer team captain, and MASC Northwest District president. Griffin has earned the honors of All-Conference and All-District Soccer teams, and is an honor roll student. He received letters in academics, tennis, and soccer. Griffin is a member of First Baptist Church and youth group, and participates in FCA. He plans to play collegiate soccer and earn a major in marketing and a minor in business. He is undecided on the choice of a school.
Friday night's coronation came following a full week of Homecoming activities, coordinated by the Student Council's Homecoming Committee.

"Each of the committee chairs and their assistants worked hard to get their groups organized, and it showed in the outcome during each of the week's activities," said Student Council sponsor Jeanne Lair.

Activity chairmen were Maggie Graves (Spirit Week); Quinten Lewis (Penny Wars); Hannah Thieme (Homecoming T-shirts); David Hershberger, with assistant Madi Critten (parade); Bridgett Kieffer, with assistant Mackenzie Barnett (coronation); Katie Milanovich, with assistant Libby Rule (Homecoming dance); and Allison Pagliai (Student Council parade entry).

"The students and faculty had a great Homecoming week," said CHS Principal Brian Sherrow, adding that the student council had to work with a shortened calendar, due to Homecoming being early this year.

"I was extremely proud of how well all of our students acted all week," Sherrow stated. "Our kids showed a tremendous level of school pride and school spirit."

"The Homecoming pep assembly was simply amazing," he continued. "The energy level in the gym was incredible, and the students carried that enthusiasm into the game on Friday night."

Sherrow extended appreciation to Lair and her Student Council for their hard work to make the week a resounding success. He also applauded Cheer Coach Shelley Staton and the cheerleaders for organizing the pep assembly; and Band Director Sarah Cavanah and the band; as well as Bill Shaffer, assistant football coach and GRTS English teacher, for emceeing the event.

"Everything about the week was nearly perfect — student participation in spirit days, the assembly, the football game, the big turn-out for the dance, the volleyball and softball tournaments — it all resulted in a great experience for all of our students, and for the community as a whole," Sherrow stated. "Homecoming 2012 was a perfect example of CHS Hornet Pride!"

Students yelled, screamed, and used noise makers to make Friday's pep assembly the loudest and longest — over 1 1/2 hours — of all pep rallies that even the oldest of the CHS faculty members remember. The seniors won the spirit stick.

Many high school individuals and groups contributed their efforts for the pep rally. Lisa Rule, in the role of "Hornet Fairy Godmother," added to the rally, punctuating the theme "Once Upon a Homecoming." Also participating were the CHS Choraliers, the CHS Dance team, the CHS Marching Hornets and Flag Corps, a surprise appearance by the CHS Teacher Band, and a skit performed by the drama department. The rally also included the introduction of all fall sports teams.

The Hornet Prize Patrol and cheerleaders executed their "Sting Sling," tossing out prizes at various times throughout the rally.

Freshmen Football Win Overall Best Float

The afternoon parade — with clear skies and a temperature in the mid-70s — added to a successful week. The parade featured the homecoming king and queen candidates and attendants, as well as floats and other entries by school clubs and organizations for a school-wide event for the community to see.

"There were many students who were terribly excited about getting to be in the parade – especially the seniors," Lair said. "Riding the senior float is something they look forward to for several years."

The Freshman football team took top honors with the overall best parade entry, and there was a tie between the GRTS Skills USA and the Bishop Hogan Memorial School floats for second place overall.

In the class competition, the Juniors float won first place, followed by the Sophomores float in second, the Seniors in third, and the Freshmen in fourth place.

Principal Brian Sherrow and Assistant Principal and Athletic Director Dan Nagel were named this year's grand marshals.

Sherrow is an alumnus of Chillicothe High School and has been in education for 11 years, the last five as a principal. He spent nine years in Marceline (six years teaching math and social studies and three as middle school and high school principal). He was head wrestling coach and an assistant football coach.

Nagel has been teaching and coaching various sports for 13 years. He was previously employed at the Marceline School District, where he was defensive coordinator for varsity football, head basketball coach, and athletic director.

The grand marshals are selected each year by the CHS Student Council because they go above and beyond for the good of all students at CHS, Lair said. Council members first look within the high school and then to the community for these individuals.

"The honor of grand marshal is a way that CHS students can recognize and thank individuals for their support and dedication to all of the students at CHS," she said. "It was an especially difficult choice this year, as the nominations from the students were all most deserving."

The Homecoming dance took place Saturday evening.