The Winnfield Senior High School Homecoming 2020 festivities were a bright spot for the students this year. The week of October 26th was filled with joy as WSHS was able to bring some pride and tradition to this extraordinary year. This year they recognized classes ending in the year 0. The week was filled with spirit days, court presentation, a drive through parade, bonfire, and finally the homecoming game itself.
Monday was “Decades Day” where the students dressed in outfits from the decade of their choice. Poodle skirts, grunge rock t shirts, chuck taylors, and neon tube socks were the dress of the day. “Tacky Tourists” filled the hallways of WSHS on Tuesday as students dressed like they were sightseeing beachgoers. Most of them settled on dressing in Hawaiian shirts and Bermuda shorts. Everyone was encouraged to find their own partner or team to dress alike on Wednesday’s “Duo Day.” Some of the highlights included Winnfield’s own Spice Girls and some that dressed like their favorite Winnfield Senior High School faculty members. It all culminated on Thursday where all the students dressed in their favorite spirit attire. No matter the day, WSHS students were exhibiting their school pride through their participation.
While wearing their favorite “Big Red” apparel, students on Thursday witnessed a great display of tradition as Winnfield Senior High School presented their homecoming court and crowned the Queen and Princess for 2020. Lennisha Charles was crowned Homecoming Queen and Gracie Lawson was named Princess. Due to COVID-19 regulations, a drive through parade took the place of a traditional downtown parade. Classes, Clubs, and Organizations created displays to show their pride. The day ended with the Bonfire Pep Rally. Cheerleaders and senior football players rode in on a fire engine driven by the Winnfield Fire Department. As they approached Stokes-Walker Stadium, they were met by WSHS students, faculty, staff, and families. The cheerleaders in addition to the Toy Tigers (dance line) and WSHS Band would cheer, dance, and play the night away as a beautiful fire was burning in the background. Per tradition, the pep rally ended with everyone singing the Alma Mater and the football team putting the fire out.
Friday was the night of the main event. After raising spirit around the school all week, it continued at the game. The track was lined with large numbers representing each of the senior football players while there was a large stage at the 50 yard line that would hold the court. Spirit groups flanked the sides of the court and cheered on their Tigers. At halftime after the spirit groups gave great demonstrations, WSHS honored Steve Vines in recognition of his 49 years of service to the school and for earning his honorary American FFA degree. Despite a hard fought battle, the Tigers lost the game to Bunkie with a final score of 29-7. Despite the outcome, the students and alumni ended the evening by singing the Alma Mater.
The saddest news of the week was that, unbeknownst to them at the time, was the last home game and potentially the last football game of the season. On Sunday the LHSAA will release the playoff brackets. If Winnfield makes the playoffs there will be an away game the Friday after Thanksgiving (November 27th).”
Photo images courtesy of Tiger Snaps Facebook page.