MOUNT GILEAD — The Mount Gilead High School Homecoming celebration was long delayed this year and was finally held on Friday, Dec. 11. The original date was in October, but the football game was canceled and the school went into remote instruction due to the high number of students who were quarantined.
English and language arts teacher Jessica Gerber described how some school traditions remained with Spirit week held prior to the Friday night basketball game. Spirit week was enjoyed by both remote and in-person students. Monday/Tuesday were crazy hat and socks days, Wednesday with everyone home was Christmas with pets, and Thursday/Friday was spirit gear or formal wear.
Some things were different from past homecomings. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there was no dance, bonfire or powderpuff game. All voting for king/queen and attendants was done electronically so both in-person and remote learning students could vote.
Parents escorted their student attendants and the king and queen were crowned by their parents.
In the basketball game, the Centerburg Trojans had only a one-point lead at the intermission, but finished the game winning 59-42 over the Indians.