By CHRIS JACKETT
Sunday Times Newspapers
RIVERVIEW – For the past 50 years, thousands of students have passed through the hallways at Riverview Community High School, and each year hundreds return for the annual homecoming game.
Julie Ames, a teacher and homecoming committee adviser, wants this year to be extra special by inviting all the former homecoming kings and queens from the past five decades back to Riverview for a special pregame ceremony before the Pirates’ Oct. 8 contest against the Monroe Jefferson Bears.
“We wanted to do something special for our 50th anniversary,” Ames said. “We actually started our discussions about two years ago. I have been in charge of the court voting for the last six years, so it seemed like a great idea to get as many of the former kings and queens together as possible.”
Ames said a similar gathering took place for the 10th anniversary, but putting one together for the 50th anniversary is a much larger task.
“I have about 15 so far,” Ames said. “I am hoping, with the event approaching, I will be able to find more soon. We have been advertising on cable, newspaper, Website and Facebook. The best advertisement, though, seems to be word of mouth.”
Usually faced with the task of planning the homecoming parade and halftime show every year, Ames hopes to add to the event this year with as many former members of Pirate royalty as possible.
“We are planning to have all the court members in the homecoming parade, and then we will be doing an on-field recognition during the pregame ceremony,” Ames said. “I am hoping to have the ‘oldest’ queen and the 2009 queen do the crowning of the 2010 queen together.
After halftime, there will be a reception in the school for all of the former court members.”
A 1988 graduate of Flat Rock High School, Ames said she won’t be one of the former Pirate queens at the event, but noted that her daughter was a freshman court representative last year.
Any former Riverview homecoming kings or queens are encouraged to contact Ames at [email protected].
(Contact Chris Jackett at [email protected])