Chillicothe was filled with Homecoming spirit Friday, as the traditional parade made its way down Washington Street in the afternoon.

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 St. Joseph’s Bishop LeBlond and the introduction of Homecoming royalty. The coronation came after the football game at Jerry Litton Memorial Stadium.
Erynn Skoglund, daughter of Shawn and Shannon Skoglund, was crowned Homecoming queen. Elliott Keller, son of Donnie and Susan Keller, was crowned Homecoming king.
Skoglund participates in student council, science club, FCCLA, band, cheerleading, and senior executive committee. She has earned letters in academics, cheerleading, and band. She is a member of National Honor Society, is on the Principals Honor Roll, and was recipient of the senior garter. Skoglund plans to attend Truman State University and major in Biochemistry.
Keller participates in football, wrestling, golf, FFA, and the history club. He has received letters in academics, football, and wrestling, and was named to the Second Team All-Conference Football.
Keller is a member of St. Columban Catholic Church and Squires Youth Group. He plans to attend the University of Missouri and major in agriculture business.
Friday night’s coronation came following a full week of Homecoming activities, coordinated by the Homecoming Committee. Activity chairmen were Matt Shaffer (Spirit Week), Madi Critten (parade), Mackenzie Barnett (coronation), Marissa Surber and Rebecca Stull (Penny Wars), Erynn Skoglund (Homecoming T-shirts), Libby Rule (Homecoming dance) and Maggie Resor (Student Council parade entry).
“I believe that all of the diligent work of student council members was well worth the effort,” said Student Council Sponsor Jeanne Lair. “From comments heard – especially after the pep rally and parade – CHS students had quite a week worth remembering.”
The theme for this year’s Homecoming was “Where the Wild Things Are.”
CHS Principal Brian Sherrow said he was pleased with this year’s Homecoming activities and involvement.
“The student council did a fantastic job organizing all of the week’s activities,” he said. “Our students showed a tremendous level of school pride and school spirit.”
Friday’s activities began with a pep rally with the entire CHS student body demonstrating their Hornet spirit and the seniors winning the spirit stick. Many high school individuals and groups contributed their efforts for the pep rally to be such a success, Lair said.
Bill Shaffer, assistant football coach and GRTS English teacher, served as master of ceremonies. He was also the announcer for the coronation ceremony Friday night after the game. The pep rally included performances by the CHS Choraliers, CHS Dance Team, CHS Marching Hornets and Twirlers, and the CHS Varsity Football Cheerleaders. The CHS Leadership Class led games and provided the “Prize Patrol.”
“The energy level in the gym was incredible and the students carried that enthusiasm into the game on Friday night,” Sherrow said. “I’d like to thank Mrs. Lair and the Student Council for all of their hard work making the week possible. I'd also like to thank Andrea Beck, Mrs. Lair and the CHS Cheerleaders for organizing the assembly, Sarah Cavanah and the CHS Band, and Bill Shaffer for his amazing job emceeing the event.”
Friday’s parade was one of the largest in recent years, with 39 entries.
“It was a great way to honor our homecoming king and queen candidates and attendants, to watch the work of our clubs and organizations, and to allow CHS students to participate in a school-wide event while our community watched,” Lair said.
“There were many students who were terribly excited about getting to be in the parade — especially the seniors; riding the senior float is something they look forward to for several years,” she added.
Awards were presented in three divisions of the parade: CHS, GRTS and CACE division, Hornet Supporters division, and CHS Class Competition.
In the CHS and GRTS division, first place honors went to the Hunting and Fishing Club, followed by Skills USA in second, and CHS Sophomore Class of 2016.
In the Hornet supporters division, first place went to Bishop Hogan Memorial School, followed by the CHS Football Moms with second place.
In the CHS class competition, the sophomore class took first place, followed by the junior class in second place, the freshmen class in third place and the seniors in fourth place.
The CHS office staff members were named this year’s grand marshals. They are Marilou Wilhoit, Lisa Wilson and Marty Rogers.
The grand marshals are selected each year by the CHS Student Council. Council members aim to select a person(s) who goes above and beyond for the good of all students at CHS.
“Council members first look within the high school and then to the community for these individuals,” Lair said. “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.”
Lisa Wilson serves as secretary to the athletic director and assistant principal at CHS.  She has worked in her position for 10 years. She is involved in the Beta Zeta Sorority. She is married to Larry Wilson and they have two sons, Matthew and Michael. She enjoys spending time with her family, especially when she gets to play with her grandsons.
Mary Lou Wilhoit is secretary to the principal at CHS. She has worked for the district for 32 years. She is a graduate of Chillicothe High School and has two children, Jeff and Sarah, and four grandchildren.  She is involved in Tria Sorosis and has been the co-chairman of the Student Benefit Fund Chili Supper for 12 years.
Marty Rogers is registrar and guidance secretary at CHS, where she has worked for seven years. Her favorite part of the job is getting to know the students and working with great counselors to help students. She and her husband, Dave, have two children, Stephanie and Chris.
Spirit Week activities also included the Penny War, a class competition to raise money for Special Olympics. The senior class won the Penny War followed by the juniors, sophomores and freshmen classes. Each penny added to a jar of a class adds one point, whereas other coins and paper money deduct one point for each one-cent value. All totaled, CHS students collected $611.59 for Special Olympics Missouri.
The Homecoming dance took place Saturday evening.