Homecoming tradition is born for Coal Ridge | PostIndependent.com

Homecoming tradition is born for Coal Ridge

John Gardner
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

NEW CASTLE ” When Anthony Romero, half of the front range hip hop duo, 2 Real 4 Da Mind, asked the Coal Ridge High School Seniors, “Where you at?”, they responded with a thunderous boom that did the Titans proud at Burning Mountain Park in New Castle Friday afternoon.

Romero and his partner, Jimmy Macias, both of the Boulder area, were the musical entertainment at the first ever CRHS homecoming pep rally and parade. And they did their part to get the students pumped up for their upcoming football game between CRHS and Cedaredge Friday night (See Sports for game story).

This was just the beginning of yet another tradition for the young high school still trying to distinguish its own identity in the valley.

“Each year we’ve kind of added more traditions and this is a big one this year,” said CRHS principal Jeanie Humble. “There was a lot of coordination from a lot of people and support from the town of New Castle, the (Garfield County) Sheriff’s Office, and of course the senior class who is the leading group to all of this.”

The parade started at Elk Creek Elementary, which is the old Riverside Middle School, proceeded down Main Street and culminated in a multi-school and community pep rally in support of the football team. Both elementary schools, Kathryn Senor and Elk Creek Elementary student attended, Riverside Middle School student attended and even had a float in the event.

Each class was themed from a different decade: Freshmen represented the 50s, sophomores represented the 60s, juniors represented the 70s and the seniors rocked the 80s. Previous mayor, Pete Mattivi was the parade’s grand marshal.

Burning Mountain Park was crowded with enough students, teachers, parents, and community members to make one think the entire town of New Castle showed up for the event.

Many more than CRHS student council advisor and social studies teacher, Jennifer Morandi, expected to see.

“I didn’t expect this many. Not at all,” Morandi said. “It exceeded my expectations. I’m so proud, I’m like a beaming parent right now.”

According to Morandi, the process of organization was a feet all its own. The student council had to start meeting during the summer for planning sessions and continued into the school year, meeting Tuesdays and Thursdays before school. But all their hard work paid off Friday.

“It was a senior class effort,” Morandi said. “It’s senior driven because they wanted to establish tradition and more community involvement. We’ve been talking about this for years, but this is the first time it’s happened.”

And the experience is defining a character all their own for the younger CRHS students.

“We’re excited,” Humble said. “The kids this week especially have been great because they’ve just been so enthusiastic about all the homecoming festivities and they want to participate and they’ve done it all. They’ve done tons planning and every single activity has worked out wonderfully.”

Contact John Gardner: 384-9114


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