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Indian Creek High School shares school spirit with parade

Junior Jake Wieseler, dressed as a clown, hands out a balloon hat to Julie Mucha, 3, Saturday during the Indian Creek homecoming parade in Waterman.
Junior Jake Wieseler, dressed as a clown, hands out a balloon hat to Julie Mucha, 3, Saturday during the Indian Creek homecoming parade in Waterman.

WATERMAN – Waterman resident Betty Olson doesn’t have to step far from her house to watch the Indian Creek High School homecoming parade.

In fact, the parade passes right by her house every year, and Olson never misses it.

High school students on floats threw candy to spectators, and many times, the treats ended up right on Olson’s lawn.

“You don’t have to buy candy for trick-or-treat. You get all the candy right here,” she said.

The theme of homecoming at the high school this year was “Under the Big Top.” The sophomore class of 2016's float was decorated with barrels of hay and a toy elephant on a ball. Someone even dressed as a clown.

“Basically everything that had to do with a circus, we had it,” said Brock Myers, sophomore class president.

The parade kicked off from Waterman Elementary School and circled around town before returning to the school. Indian Creek High School’s band, drill team, soccer and volleyball teams participated in the festivities.

For a school without a football program, Indian Creek High School takes its soccer and volleyball teams pretty seriously. The girls’ volleyball team won their game Friday night, and the soccer team will play Saturday night against Rockford Christian Life Schools.

“The soccer game is their big homecoming game,” said Lee resident Jen Clark, whose son participated in the parade.

The homecoming king and queen planned on attending the soccer game. The school voted for Logan Kerner and Kirsten Herrmann to be king and queen, respectively.

Herrmann and Kerner said their favorite part of the parade was being able to throw candy at spectators.

“We ran out on the first block,” Kerner said.

However, becoming homecoming queen didn’t really matter to Herrmann.

“It isn’t really my thing,” Herrmann said. “I don’t like being the center of attention.”

Both Herrmann’s and Kerner’s mothers also were homecoming queens when they attended high school. Neither mother gave their children any advice on being king or queen.

“It’s just a title,” Kerner said.

Clark said it’s nice to watch the parade because everyone gets to see their friends.

“It’s always nice to come out and do small town activities where everybody knows everybody,” she said.

Indian Creek High School’s homecoming week also included a dance and picnic.

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