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Jasper County Tribune

Crisp day in Baxter for 2019 homecoming festivities

After a week full of activities, Baxter continued its homecoming celebration Thursday with a parade in the crisp fall weather followed by the homecoming coronation which saw dance performances and culminated in the crowing of the 2019 Baxter king and queen.

Inside the Baxter gym the bleachers were filled as people filed in after the homecoming parade ready to see the showcase of spirit and pride as the students and athletes prepared to put on a show.

“Tonight was a great success. This is the largest crowd we have seen at a pep assembly since we have become the Bolts,” activities director Lori Fricke said.

While there was plenty of talk about the athletics teams from cross country to football what really filled the gym and echoed through the hallways was the chants from the cheerleaders as they got the community fired up about homecoming.

“It went very well. I was actually impressed with the crowd size it is probably one of the largest I have seen. It was amazing to see the community supporting all of our fall sports,” high school and middle school dance coach Amanda Pierce said.

All of the cheering and the dance routines eventually gave way to the crowning of the 2019 Baxter homecoming king and queen with Logan Berg being crowned king and Maya Phelps being crowned the queen.

“All eight of those kids were fantastic kids so anyone of them could have made just the perfect king or queen,” superintendent Mickolyn Clapper said.

There were some other activities that took place on Friday such as painting sidewalks, the powerder puff football and others that all led up to the high school football game against the Twin Cedars Sabers which the Bolts emphatically won 70-28 under the lights.

“Our team played great so that was fun too. It is always nice to get a win,” Clapper said.

Remembering that homecoming is to celebrate the students and athletes in their accomplishments is the purpose of the festivities but it is also a way for the community tom come together and support one another on common ground.

“That is our number one thing that we strive for is to get the public to come out, our community to buy into the Bolts and come out and support the kids that is what it is all about,” Fricke said.

High school can be a flurry of emotions from winning or losing the big game or that feeling you get when you participate in yout last pep assembly as a high school student but the community supporting those moments is important.

“This is once in a lifetime for the kids to go through high school and it’s the best time of their life so to see people out there supporting them is just tremendous,” Fricke said.

Contact Dustin Teays at 641-792-3121 ext. 6533 or

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