Homecoming Memories

In high school, one of the biggest things I always looked forward to was homecoming! My homecoming is probably a little different than what most of you experience because in little Melbourne, Arkansas we didn’t have football! That’s right, no football homecoming game. Instead, we had a homecoming basketball game. We still had maids from every grade, a homecoming queen, and alumni of every age group present, but the best part for me was always the homecoming dance that happened right after the basketball game. I have loved to dance for as long as I can remember and the homecoming dance was the only dance our school held.

Yesterday, I got to experience a little of how a big school celebrates homecoming. Tivy (The high school in Kerrville) is celebrating their homecoming today so yesterday was the homecoming parade. I didn’t even know towns held a special parade just for homecoming. It was so exciting to see all the high school kids that are involved in Young Life in the parade. The theme was holidays so every class, student organization, and sports team picked a different holiday to decorate their float. I must say, the kids got very creative with this, coming up with holidays that most of us would have overlooked. I think my two favorites were Grandparents Day and Veteran’s Day.

Tivy Girl’s Athletics representing Veteran’s Day

Tonight is the big game! I think no matter how big or small your school is, you always get that same excitement for the homecoming game. Getting to see your friends on court, watching the queen be announced, and cheering your hometown team on to victory while surrounded by all ages of alumni is somewhat of a rite of passage and a big one for your high school memory book!

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Jane Ragsdale

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Jane Ragsdale (Mrs. Dick Howell) is the director of Heart O’ the Hills. She was a Heart camper and counselor, and served as program director from 1978-87. She has been one of the owners since 1976, and director since 1988.

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