Spring Lake Park Panthers party for homecoming

The Spring Lake Park Panthers strutted their stuff last weekend at their annual homecoming parade. The theme this year was “It’s Time for a Meltdown.”

King Jack Fish and Queen Emily Lukens were elected by their peers to reign over the 2012 Homecoming. Westwood Middle School Principal Paula Hoff is driving the car. Photo by Elyse Kaner

King Jack Fish and Queen Emily Lukens were elected by their peers to reign over the 2012 Homecoming. Westwood Middle School Principal Paula Hoff is driving the car. Photo by Elyse Kaner

The short parade Sept. 28 featured floats by the dance team, technology team, choir, drama students and more.

A team of OEC (Opportunities in Emergency Care) students performed rappelling demonstrations and marched in the parade. The school board passed out candy to onlookers.

Homecoming King Jack Fish and Queen Emily Lukens, and the ninth-, 10th-, and 11th-grade court royalty waved to the crowds from open-topped vehicles.

The parade route started at the Learning Alternatives Community School wing on Able Street, swung down 81st Avenue, past the school’s tennis courts and baseball field and ended in front of Spring Lake Park High School’s rotunda.

A tailgating party was held before and after the parade. School groups and booster clubs set up shop outside of the school’s main entrance and sold food and chances to win prizes at games.

The Panthers later that evening blasted their opponents, the North St. Paul Polars, in a 30-0 football game held at Spring Lake Park High School’s Panther Stadium.

Elyse Kaner is at elyse.kaner@ecm-inc.com


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