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Homecoming fun in Milano

By ROBERT WESTBROOK
Superintendent, Milano ISD

Homecoming is a special time of year and there is some interesting information about the history of homecoming. My research tells me that the Homecoming tradition began at the University of Missouri in the 1890s.

There was a traditional game between the Kansas Jayhawks and the Missouri Tigers. By 1911, Mizzou had lost several games to KU; so they invited the Missouri alumni to come home, to help cheer the Tigers to victory. In 1911, the tradition of Homecoming began with a spirit rally, parade and more than 9,000 fans came to watch Mizzou football. It has since served as a model for homecoming in colleges and high schools throughout the land.

Many alumni traveled the land to come home and support the Eagles and renew friendships. In doing so, they helped ensure a successful homecoming weekend in Milano. While the Eagles lost to the No. 4 ranked Chilton Pirates, it was a great high school football game, and, if a couple of calls go the other way, it could have been a huge upset. Regardless of the outcome of the game, we are proud of the way our student athletes competed, never quitting or giving up, and displaying class and sportsmanship throughout the game.

During the halftime ceremonies, our 2013 Homecoming queen was crowned. The homecoming court and candidates were all very beautiful. It is always great to see our students dressed in formal attire. The halftime ceremony culminated with the crowning of the 2013 homecoming queen. Congratulations go out to the lovely Sarah Pedroza for being named Milano High School’s 2013 Homecoming queen.

On Saturday, the Lady Eagles battled the Thrall Tigers in a district volleyball match. The match was a slugfest between two talented teams with the Lady Eagles coming away with a win in five sets. W hew.

Also on Saturday, the Milano Alumni Association hosted a reunion that included a catered meal and lots of visiting, reminiscing and fellowship. Reports are they had a great turnout for this annual event, which was enjoyed by all the alumni who were able to attend. rwestbrook@milanoisd.net


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