It has been two years since the Elizabeth School District has celebrated its homecoming traditions, due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The town of Elizabeth was bustling throughout the week of Oct. 4 in excited celebration of the Elizabeth High School Homecoming. The week ended with the much-anticipated homecoming parade and the impressive win against Alameda High School in the homecoming football game.
The homecoming parade took place on Oct. 8 at 1 p.m. The sidewalks along Main Street were crammed with eager families and little children awaiting the parade floats to arrive.
“It's so fun!” was the verdict of Raluca Neiman and Liana Alexandrescu, spectators at the parade. “All of the elementary kids come watch and representatives from all the different schools have floats,” Neiman said. “It is a really good time and the kids love it.”
Neiman and Alexandrescu of Spring Valley Ranch are family of a kindergartener and second-grader at Singing Hills Elementary. Their kids, along with others from local elementary schools, were lined up with their classes along the parade route to watch the floats and eagerly catch candy thrown to them by the high schoolers as they walked by.
Amber Rusk's third-grade class was particularly eager with their matching red shirts and plastic bags in hand ready to catch as much candy as possible.
“I still don't know how there can be so many people on the side of the parade when there are so many people in the parade,” said Superintendent Douglas Bissonette.
The Elizabeth High School Cardinals defeated the Alameda High School Pirates in an extraordinary 54-0 game on that Friday night. The Cardinals made some big plays leading them to victory, including an impressive 42-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and a punt-return touchdown from the opposing 25-yard line in the second quarter.
At the game's halftime, Maddie Johnson, senior, was announced as Elizabeth High School homecoming queen. She was spiritedly dressed in the school colors, sporting her newly adorned gold crown.
In an interview from Oct. 12, Maddie shared her excitement in being named homecoming queen.
“I want to say being nominated and becoming homecoming queen was very shocking! Especially because it is my senior year and being nominated with one of my good friends was just very fun,” she said. “Overall it was such a good experience and everyone was also supportive. I'm so grateful for my friends and my family”
When asked about her post-graduation plans, Johnson stated, “My plans after graduation are to hopefully join the Air Force or go to trade school for auto mechanics because I want to follow in my dad's footsteps.”
At the Elizabeth School Board meeting on Oct. 11, Superintendent Bissonette shared his excited thoughts on the success of the homecoming events.
“It was awesome to see the kids so happy and be able to take a little bit of a break in terms of the rigor of their studies,” said Bissonette. “All of the schools have dress-up days throughout the week and they do a lot of things centered around school spirit. They haven't had those things in the past two years, so the excitement and participation this year was incredible.”
In a short interview from Oct. 11, Elizabeth High School junior Jayce Moore expressed his excitement for events carrying on as usual.
“It warms my heart to see all of us out and doing stuff as a community again,” said Moore. “Last year was a rough year for all of us and this is exactly what we needed. We all need to get back out there so we can get as close to normal as possible.”
For a recap of the homecoming football game against Alameda High School, please visit maxpreps.com/high-schools/elizabeth-cardinals-(elizabeth,co)/football/home.htm.
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