|The week’s activities also include pep rally, dance|
Davanna Law is one of the grand marshals for this year’s homecoming parade to be held on Thursday, Sept. 12.
Monday, September 2, 2013
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer
Davanna Law and James Nagy will serve as grand marshals of this year's homecoming parade Thursday, Sept. 12.
Law is the reigning Franklin County Homecoming Queen, Virginia's Homecoming Queen and was recently crowned America's Homecoming Queen 2013.
She is the first winner of the America's Homecoming Queen crown from the state of Virginia since the pageant's 1981 debut.
She is also the first Franklin County winner of the Virginia's Homecoming Queen crown.
Nagy is a 1984 graduate of Franklin County High School and has published a picture book depicting the history of Franklin County.
Nagy's book, "Images of America: Franklin County," contains more than 200 vintage images and memories of Franklin County, its people and its history, and a foreword written by former Rocky Mount Mayor Mark Newbill.
Nagy is also a former football player for Franklin County High School.
"I think it's important that we bring back FCHS alumni so the students today can experience that history and feel more connected with their school and community," said Anitra Holland, faculty advisor for the Student Council Association (SCA).
Homecoming week is a high school tradition full of festivities to promote school spirit. All week, the students will participate in spirit days, dress up in various attire and participate in class competitions.
The junior and senior classes will have a powder puff game in which the girls will play football, while the guys cheer. The game will be juniors vs. seniors.
The homecoming parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The parade floats will turn right out of the parking lot of 457 South Main Street and turn left onto North Main Street. The parade will then turn right onto Pell Avenue and end up at Franklin County High School.
"This year, we are opening parade participation to any Franklin County school, business or organization," said Holland.
There will be cash prizes for first, second and third-place parade float winners.
Scheduled groups participating in the parade include the Eagle Marching Band, Air Force Junior ROTC, all three cheerleading squads, FCHS History Club, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), all class officers, and many more.
Ken Kilinsky's television production class at FCHS plans to film the parade live with commentary.
A pep rally for FCHS students will take place Friday, Sept. 13, and the homecoming football game will kick off at 7 p.m.
At halftime, Law will relinquish her crown to the new homecoming queen, who will be announced along with the new homecoming king, Mr. Football and Miss Cheerleader.
The traditional homecoming dance is set for Saturday, Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. in the central gym.
"Homecoming is a tradition that, I think, is important and connects us all," said Holland.
To participate in the parade, contact Holland at email@example.com.