Gonzalez and Esparza named Homecoming king and queen
● By Steven Hoffman
The centerpiece of Kennett High School’s Homecoming festivities on Sept. 22 was the gridiron clash between Kennett and Sun Valley, but the evening started off with an entertaining parade two hours before the game.
The Kennett High School Marching Band led the parade as it moved from the school campus, up Broad Street, to Mulberry Street, and then back down Union Street before returning to the school campus. The parade also featured the cheerleading squad, floats representing each class in the high school, and hundreds of youngsters from the district’s other schools, including the Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center, New Garden Elementary School, Greenwood Elementary School, Bancroft Elementary School, and Kennett Middle School. The Homecoming Court members were paired off and rode in cars along the parade route.
This year’s Homecoming Court included Jenni Esparza, Sydney Holder, Delaney Joyce, Michelle Navarette, Allie Taylor, Jack Gallagher, Juan Gonzalez, Cedric Jones, Maxwell Judd, and Linus Silbernagel.
While the cheerleaders kept the crowd pumped up throughout the game, the Kennett Marching Band took center stage at halftime with a performance of their 2017 field show, “Go West.” When the 90-member band concluded its fine performance, public address announcer Leon Spencer lauded the “pride, pageantry, and precision” of the marching band.
Spencer announced the results of the float competition, which saw the sophomore class pulling the upset by taking first place. The senior class float finished in second place, while the junior class float took third and the freshman class finished in fourth place.
The large home crowd applauded the Homecoming Court as members were introduced. Once all the introductions were made, Juan Gonzalez was crowned Homecoming King and Jenni Esparza was crowned the Homecoming Queen for 2017.