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North Lamar Independent School District will celebrate Homecoming Friday, September 28 with the North Lamar Panther Football Team taking on the Quinlan Ford Panthers at 7:30 p.m. at R. L. Maddox Stadium. The Pantherette Volleyball Teams will play the Paris Lady Cats beginning with the Varsity at 4:00 p.m. in Wildcat Gym.
Activities leading up to the games that night will include decorating on each campus, crowning of the Homecoming King during the Friday morning pep rally, the Homecoming Parade on Friday afternoon, and finalizing with the crowing of the Homecoming Queen promptly at 7:10 p.m. at R. L. Maddox Stadium.
A hamburger tailgate supper sponsored by the North Lamar Athletic Booster Club will begin at 5:00 p.m. before the game. For $5.00, Panther fans and guests may purchase a hamburger meal that includes chips and drink.
Daily homecoming themes at the high school, Stone Middle School, Bailey Intermediate and Everett Elementary will include ‘Superhero Day’ on Monday, ‘Celebrity Day’ on Tuesday, ‘Twin Day’ on Wednesday, ‘Nerd Day’ on Thursday, and ‘Blue & Gold Day’ on Friday. The elementary campuses at Parker and Higgins will have their own variation of daily themes that will be announced in their newsletters and on the website.
“Principal Paul Allen along with the cheerleaders, band, Panther Pack and student body will gather at 9:15 a.m. Friday morning in the gym to encourage school spirit and show support for the teams playing that night,” said NLHS cheerleader sponsor Nicole Neilson.
In addition to a series of chants led by the cheerleaders, there will be fun competitive games to get the students involved. The North Lamar award-winning Panther Band will play a number of musical selections in between demonstrations with the drumline getting everyone up on their feet showing their Panther spirit. Head Football Coach Tommy Felty and Head Volleyball Coach Kathy Barker will pep up the crowd with their plans of defeating their opponents that night.
The Homecoming Parade will begin at 1:15 p.m. Friday afternoon at the high school and will travel through the North Lamar campus presenting the Homecoming Nominees and the newly named Homecoming King to all other campuses in the district. It will proceed down David Buster Rd. to Stone Middle School, follow Lewis Lane to Everett Elementary, turn at Goodman Learning Center to Higgins Elementary, then up to Bailey Intermediate and back to the high school.
Participating high school and middle school club and organizations will show their spirit by trailing behind the Homecoming Court in their floats. The North Lamar Athletic Booster Club will present awards for the Best Float and the group showing the Most Blue & Gold Spirit. Panther supporters are welcomed and encouraged to park at the football parking lot by 1:00 p.m.