Pep rallies, parade highlight Homecoming week

Jeff Dieffenbach is Homecoming parade grand marshall
Complete list of Homecoming Court members below

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

Kickoff for this week’s football game between the Richmond Raiders (5-0) and Anson Bearcats (1-4) at Raider Stadium isn’t until 7:30 p.m. Friday, but that hasn’t stopped the party from starting already.

It’s Spirit Week leading up to Homecoming this week at Richmond Senior High School. Monday was America Day. Instead of the traditional school uniform of khaki pants and a polo shirt, students were encouraged to wear red, white and blue or patriotic-themed attire.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Jeff Dieffenbach, of Dieffenbach Motors, was named this year's grand marshal by RSHS Principal Keith McKenzie. McKenzie made the appointment on May 15 during the car giveaway inside the school gymnasium.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Jeff Dieffenbach, of Dieffenbach Motors, was named this year’s grand marshal by RSHS Principal Keith McKenzie. McKenzie made the appointment on May 15 during the car giveaway inside the school gymnasium.

Today is Nerd Day. Wednesday is Fictional Character Day, Thursday is Camo Day and Friday is, appropriately Green and Gold Day.

The student pep rally inside the high school gymnasium is set for 9:30 a.m. Friday. School officials said the gym will hold only 1,800. Therefore, students have been given two tickets apiece — intended for family members or friends — for the event.

The pep rally is highlighted by the inaugural presentation of the 35 members of the Homecoming Court and their escorts.

The Homecoming Parade is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. Friday. The quarter-mile-long route will begin at the First United Methodist Church in downtown Rockingham and continue along East Washington Street before coming to an end at Harrington Square for a public pep rally.

Last year, the parade was led by the Rockingham Police Department’s Chief Billy Kelly and included Grand Marshal James Clemmons Jr., Richmond County sheriff. This year’s grand marshal is Jeff Dieffenbach of Dieffenbach Motors, Rockingham. RSHS Principal Keith McKenzie asked Dieffenbach to be the grand marshal on May 15 during the car giveaway at Richmond Senior High School.

Members of the Richmond Senior High School Color Guard and Honor Guard, along with the RSHS Junior ROTC Cadet Corps — 167 members strong — marching in cadence.

Noah Spradlin, a sophomore at Richmond Senior High School, poses in his Nerd Day attire Tuesday morning as he participates in Spirit Week in advance of Homecoming.

Noah Spradlin, a sophomore at Richmond Senior High School, poses in his Nerd Day attire Tuesday morning as he participates in Spirit Week in advance of Homecoming.

The units in the parade included: from RSHS, varsity cheerleaders, SADD/TRU, TAS/Skills USA, marching band, junior varsity cheerleaders, FBLA, Art Club and National Honor Society; the Ellerbe Middle School cheerleaders; Leak Street Elementary’s “God Bless the USA”; the Rohanen Middle School cheerleaders; the Rockingham Middle School cheerleaders; the Hamlet Middle School cheerleaders; and the Ninth Grade Academy’s varsity cheerleaders.

The school has given float participants until Wednesday to confirm final numbers, “but it appears that we’ll see many of those we saw last year including the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and other local police departments, the National Guard, area fire departments, school clubs and a handful of surrounding schools in addition to the Homecoming court,” relayed Mallory Brown, director of public relations for Richmond County Schools.

The floats are not judged — in 2013, no prizes were awarded and places were not designated. There was, however, a judges’ table on the porch of the Manufacturer’s Building and a three-judge panel sat as each float stopped to perform.

The 2014 Homecoming Court includes:

#4 Montek Johnson sponsoring Kiyanna Williams

#6 Matthew Speight sponsoring Megan Mills

#7 Jesse Williams sponsoring Travonda Streeter

#12 Marquise Graham sponsoring Cassie Smith

#14 Shavar Little sponsoring Quatima Collins

#15 Miles Grant sponsoring Kallaih Marshay Nicholson

Submitted photo

Submitted photo

#19 Brandon Greene sponsoring McKenzie Grimes

#20 Rayquan Nelson sponsoring Heaven Smith

#21 Shawn Everett sponsoring Nile Fisher

#22 Raekwon McKinnon and Kacie Peek

#25 Justin Robinson sponsoring Jessica Canter

#27 Erran Greene sponsoring Victoria Rich

#29 Donavan Williams sponsoring Lenaya Baldwin

#30 Anthony Billingsley sponsoring Tori Brigman

#32 Quentin Terry sponsoring Yasmine Ingram

#33 Rashard Ellerbe sponsoring Kieondra Short

#36 Harrison Nelson sponsoring Aliyah Muhammad

#38 Cordarius Brewington sponsoring Breanna McKinnon

#45 Deonte Brown sponsoring Kierra Wade

#46 Ethan Brach sponsoring Maizey Peek

#48 Gus Chambers sponsoring A’Daysa Hartwell

#49 Zykie Lockhart sponsoring Ahyana Cox

#55 Kevin Norton sponsoring Haley Parker

#61 Chad Phillips sponsoring Taylor Davis

#67 Isaiah Burnett sponsoring Hydel Meshelle Blanchard

Submitted photo

Submitted photo

#70 Quinton Cooper sponsoring Tiasia Quick

#72 Cyrus Stanback sponsoring Alexis Fletcher

#76 Carl White sponsoring Davina LeGrande

#78 Stan Gould sponsoring Celeste Acosta

#80 Dalton Jenkins sponsoring Ashtan Coggins

#81 Chandler Ridges sponsoring Kiera Powell

#83 Jequawn Wall sponsoring Alexis Hailey

#89 Desmond Marshall sponsoring Crystal David

#98 Jamon Wilson sponsoring Jaquiesha Brewington

#99 Hyneef McKeithan sponsoring Whitney Streeter

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