Going for the gold: MHS holds Olympic themed homecoming

MUSCATINE, Iowa–Though it happens more than every three years, Muscatine High School’s Homecoming certainly captured much of the excitement of the Olympics. Through a week of events, students in all classes, along with their families and graduates, celebrated everything that unites them as Muskies.

Monday evening, girls from the junior and senior classes faced off for the annual powderpuff game. Though rainy weather ended up cutting the annual contest a little short, the juniors still had enough time to win claim a decisive victory on the gridiron.

After a week of districtwide dress up days and float preparation, the homecoming parade stepped off from Grant Elementary School and traveled down Mulberry to the high school. Once the poms squad and cheerleaders, fall sports teams, and the home coming court arrived, the coronation ceremony got underway.

Thanks to generous sponsorships, the outdoor ceremony went off without a hitch. Salon Incognito provided hairstyling for each of the queen candidates, Sarah Siler photographed the court, Phelps provided the red carpet for court members to walk down, and Hy-Vee lent their support to the evening as well.

The 2021 homecoming court included Grace Bode, Grant Bode, Kaylynn Bynum, Douglas Custis, Emilio Bobay, Paige Mathias, Spencer Kilburn, Perla Rios, Nolan Recker, and Bree Seaman. Though neither 2020 Homecoming Queen Kaylin Salyars or King Togeh Deseh could attend this year ceremony due to prior commitments at college, they both sent their well wishes to this year’s court. Salyars has enrolled at Des Moines Area Community College and currently plays softball for them. Deseh has started his first year at Grandview University.

Following performances by the pom squad and cheer team, which earned grand champion status at the camp they attended in Des Moines this summer, Spencer Kilburn and Paige Mathias received their crowns as 2021 homecoming king and queen. Spencer, a member of the chamber orchestra, chamber choir, captain of the swim team, and member of the Magic the Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons club thanked his orchestra teacher, Mr. Thoma, for his support over the past four years. Spencer hopes to attend the University of Norther Iowa to study social and behavioral science with the goal of eventually teaching history. Paige, a member of Key Club, Tri M Music Honors Society, the National Honors Society, chamber and symphony orchestra, the tennis team, and Calvary Nexus, thanked Ms. Keltner for her positive impact on her high school experience. Paige plans to study nursing after graduating from high school.

Friday, the homecoming traditions continued, with seniors marching to the Merrill Hotel, where they enjoyed lunch before returning to school. In the afternoon, a pep rally got everyone revved up for the evening’s football game against Cedar Falls (which took place after this newspaper went to press). To end the week’s excitement, the homecoming dance took place the night of Sept. 25.