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Prescott High Students Take Over Downtown Prescott in Yearly Homecoming Festivities
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01 October 2016  
Photos by Lynne LaMaster

PRESCOTT- Prescott High School continued the age-old homecoming tradition on a beautiful Thursday evening as the parade and bonfire took downtown Prescott by storm.

Hundreds of people from the community as well as past, present and future students showed up to observe the annual tradition. 

“It’s pretty cool that they come out and show the support to all of us and have support for their community,” said Prescott Badgers senior running back Collin Mills on Thursday.

Prescott High students took to the streets on-top of floats decorated in the school’s homecoming theme, “Prescott, The Happiest Place on Earth”, which plays off multiple Disney movies from The Incredibles to Frozen. 

Meanwhile, kings and queens rode in the back of trucks and did their best wave to the adoring public below as the parade made its way around the downtown square.

Additionally, the high school band was out in full force playing multiple songs from the school’s fight tune to the popular 1958 hit by The Champs “Tequila Song”. 

Organizations from the school also participated in the parade, which included the JROTC program and Prescott High’s mountain bike team who rode along with the parade on thier bikes after becoming an official school team at the beginning of the season.

Finally, the show was capped off by the yearly tradition of the Prescott High School Badgers football team crowding on top of a fire truck waving to family, friends and the community as the engine blared around the square and down the historic Whiskey Row.

Once the trucks and floats started heading toward Mile High Middle School, the crowd followed as Prescott High held it’s annual bonfire on the field. 

As the fire burned, students participated in dance contests and enjoyed the spirit of homecoming as the warmth of the fire heated up patrons when the sun went down and the temperature dropped.

“The dance off is always the best,” said Prescott Badgers senior MLB/FB Alex Lopez. “People have the good moves and everything, I sucked at everything, but yea the dance off is the best.”

The Homecoming festivities are a “first” in a series of lasts for seniors who are taking in the moment realizing this is the last homecoming as a student at Prescott High. 

“It’s pretty intimidating for me knowing that this is my last time to have fun together with my football team,” said Lopez. “Its very enjoyable and I love it.” 

However, especially for students involved in groups, the bond to Prescott High School will always be there.

“I will definitely come back,” said Prescott High School senior band member Ben Williamson who was also nominated for homecoming king. “It’s never really over, especially with band, you’re always there in spirit if nothing else.”

As the dance, parade and bonfire conclude, the attention shifts to Friday night’s homecoming football game against Mohave. 

“We’re going to kill Mohave,” said Prescott High School Badgers senior OLB and WR Aaron Marquardt to a cheering group of students while the fire burned in the background.

Kickoff for the homecoming football game is 7pm on Friday at Prescott High School. 

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Torrence Dunham

Torrence Dunham "TD" is a multimedia journalist who graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.  Torrence is our PrescottValleyeNews.com Correspondent covering local news and events in Prescott Valley. He is also the lead sports correspondent and play-by-play pro for all our multimedia news sites. If he's not adding to his extensive sports bobble-head collection, he's talking baseball, his favorite. Follow him on Twitter: @Tadunham.