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Parkersburg South holds ‘game night’ homecoming parade

PSHS holds ‘game night’ parade

Photo by Tyler Bennett Members of the Parkersburg South High School marching band play during the homecoming parade on Tuesday evening.

PARKERSBURG — Under perfect weather conditions Tuesday evening, the community came together as Parkersburg South High School held its homecoming parade.

“We actually scheduled this early just to have it in and done so that if we would have an issue with COVID again this year and had to go remote,” said Parkersburg South High School teacher Jamie Moss. “We’d at least be able to give a shot of having at least a little bit of normalcy.”

With this year’s parade theme being “family game night,” the parade started near Fairplains Elementary, going down old Camden Avenue and ending at Erickson All-Sports Facility. The parade featured floats based on family favorite board games like “Candyland” and “Twister,” in addition to having current-day TV game shows.

Twenty-eight school organizations participated in the parade, including all four classes’ floats or walking floats, volleyball, Southern Belles, cheerleaders, ROTC, marching band, National Honor Society, and Future Farmers of America.

“It was very fun. It was a little stressful because the juniors had like a week to do it. That was plenty of time, But we were trying to figure everything out. I think we finally did and even though we don’t have a float, like some of the other classes do, I think ours is really great,” said junior Tessa Prunty, “My favorite part about the parade is probably getting to see all the floats and knowing that I can walk in it with my other classmates. I think that’s gonna be really exciting.”

The parade marshal was Bill Camp, a 1994 graduate and frequent volunteer for not only South’s sports teams but also supporting South students in academics goals as well.

“Billy Camp is such an ambassador to Parkersburg South, not just through all of our athletics, but through sponsoring kids for other things such as academics,” South Principal Betsy Patterson said. “He has an overall impact on the student body and that’s what they look for when they select a parade marshal.”

South will play Woodrow Wilson at 7 p.m. Friday and will end Homecoming Week with a dance on Saturday night.

Tyler Bennett can be reached at tbennett@newsandsentinel.com

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