A new homecoming tradition
A new tradition was born Thursday at De Soto High School.
This year rather than the traditional afternoon parade, the homecoming parade was at night and was followed by a spirit rally.
DHS parents Pete and Michele Buffkin said changing the parade's time made it easier for parents and other family members to attend.
"It's the beginning of a good tradition," Michele Buffkin said.
Students and floats started lining up along Delaware Street early Thursday evening.
As other students put their last minute touches on their floats and got organized, those on the senior float relaxed.
"This came together after school probably in about 30 minutes," said Senior Class President Megen Bedford. "All of these decorations came out of the stuco closet."
The parade wound its way along 83rd Street until it reached the practice field at De Soto High School were the spirit rally immediately followed.
De Soto Mayor Dave Anderson addressed the crowd at the rally, followed by introductions from coaches.
Anderson reminded the crowd that the city's colors were the same as the school's colors, reinforcing the city's tie to the school.
"Everybody in De Soto is a Wildcat," he said.
The De Soto High School Student Council also had a special presentation of a new break-away sign for the cheerleaders.
The event concluded with the lighting of a victory V, an alternative to a bonfire.
"This V stands for our victory tonight and for all our victories this week," Principal Dave Morford said referring to the De Soto soccer team's win over powerhouse Maranatha Academy.
Senior Jerin Riffel said although this is his first and last year to enjoy the new homecoming festivities as a student, he thought it was a change for the better.
"It was kind of fun to have everyone come out," he said. "We need a fire though, not lights."
Junior Andrea Bosnak said she was pumped and excited about the new tradition and hoped it would be bigger next year.
"More advertisements would be better so there could be more people," she said.