HINCKLEY – Hinckley-Big Rock High School students decided to fill their homecoming celebrations with royalty.
Castles carrying kings, queens and court jesters were driven to the high school Friday for this year’s homecoming parade. The students inside the castle floats, cars and trucks tossed out candy and gave cheers for dozens of Hinckley and Big Rock residents.
This year’s theme was “Knight of the Royals,” which involved students carrying swords and riding in castles with drawbridges and catapults. Carolyn Taylor, the school’s Spanish teacher, said the students worked well this year to make the parade happen.
“It’s absolutely amazing,” she said. “These kids have worked so hard. There is no task that is too big for them or too small ... they come back with amazing results, and I’m so proud of them.”
Taylor Prellberg, student council parade chairwoman and treasurer, said the medieval theme this year was one that was pushed for the past couple of years. The theme enabled a lot of ideas for the floats, she said.
“I’ve done a lot of it and watched it be successful,” she said.
The parade traveled straight from North View Street and West McKinley Avenue down to Rees Street and East McKinley Avenue. Participating in the parade besides the students and sports teams was the Hinckley Police Department, Big Rock Fire Department, Future Farmers of America and State Rep. Bob Pritchard, R-Hinckley.
Taylor said the parade invited about 40 participants this year and usually attracts 35 to 40 participants every year.
High school seniors Andrea Binkley and Luke Bish were voted homecoming queen and king. For Binkley, it was exhilarating being chosen as queen.
“It feels good to represent your school this way,” she said.
In their roles as queen and king, both had to make appearances at school events and pep rallies. At one assembly, senior boys on the homecoming court were given swords to raise in good cheer, Bish said.
Once the parade was over, attendees headed into the high school for the Taste of Hinckley-Big Rock, where they were treated to meals and desserts. Afterward, the crowd gathered at the high school soccer field for a pep rally featuring the school’s sports teams, cheerleaders and bands.
Hinckley resident Jill Scott said she already had two daughters participate in the homecoming parade as part of the school’s dance team, the Royalettes. But she looks forward to seeing her sons, one of whom participated in the parade, continue to be in more homecoming parades throughout their school years.
“[It’s] the excitement of the little guys ... it’s different having them coming up in the parade,” she said.
Hinckley-Big Rock High School Homecoming Court
Seniors: Andrea Binkley, Luke Bish
Juniors: Karrigan Cowan, Connor Nelson
Sophomore: Courtney Carls, Jacob Morsch
Freshmen: Annie Kossman, Nick Ryan