A week of homecoming activities at North Augusta High School culminated in a parade before the Yellow Jackets took on the Lexington High School Wildcats in a gridiron matchup Friday.
The parade moved from downtown North Augusta to the school’s campus on Knobcone Avenue, but season-ticket holder Danny Newman found himself in a familiar place: the stands.
“As a whole, the support here in the community is really good,” Newman said of the buzz surrounding homecoming week. “You have a lot of parents involved in the activities because they have a lot of kids in different sports at the school. I think it’s great.”
Wearing a gold shirt with a black tie, this homecoming week was a little bit different for Newman. At halftime, he was set to walk his daughter, Chelsea, to the center of the field as the memebers of the 2013 homecoming court were announced.
Members of North Augus-ta’s NJROTC program led the procession for the lap around the stadium’s track. The band followed close behind and its members ditched traditional uniforms in favor of pirate costumes as a tribute to the homecoming week theme.
Trucks decorated as pirate ships passed in front of the home stands before the homecoming court made its entrance in style, rounding the track in various convertible cars while they waved to the cheering fans.
Chelsea Newman rode in the back of a cherry red Chevrolet Camaro driven by her brother and 2009 graduate of North Augusta High, Craig Newman. She smiled as her father took photos.
“Nobody else had their brother (drive), so I was the only one,” she said. “That was kind of cool. It makes me feel special.”
Her mother, Vicki New-man, a 1983 graduate of North Augusta, said seeing her daughter as a member of the homecoming court brought back memories.
“I was never part of the court, but I had a friend who won homecoming queen and we still stay in touch,” she said. “I just enjoy watching the kids play and seeing her out there. It just makes me feel good that she loves North Augusta as much as I did.”