Heritage High School is preparing to select its first homecoming king and queen at the end of its homecoming week starting Monday and wrapping up with a Maga Pep Rally on Friday.
Heritage students and organization participated in the 2015-16 Midlothian ISD Homecoming Parade as well as selecting freshman, sophomore and junior court members. But the high school selected a homecoming prince and princess last year instead of a king and queen because Heritage did not have a senior class that year.
See photos of this year's court here.
This year will be the start of new traditions for the school, said principal Krista Tipton.
"Last year was our first year as an independent high school, but because it was a non-realignment year for UIL, our football team did not play a true varsity schedule. Because of this, Midlothian High School graciously allowed us to share in their homecoming festivities with such events as the joint parade and joint pep rally," she said. "This year, both Heritage High School and MHS have two distinct homecoming games a month apart, and two distinct homecoming celebrations. MHS will host a parade and HHS will host a pep rally. Both will include unique expressions of school spirit and community involvement."
In addition to traditional pep rally events, the community Mega Pep Rally will boast a golf car parade, banner walk. vendor fair and awards for the Heritage Student Spirit Banner contest. The rally will be held from 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the Heritage High School Stadium. The homecoming game against Sanger High School begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Multi-Purpose Stadium.
"Although we do not have returning graduates yet, this week is a special time to celebrate our amazing Jaguar school spirit. We have incredible students, staff and parents and we are looking forward to making some fun memories and cheering on our Jaguars to success in volleyball and football," Tipton said.
Preregistration for the Golf Cart Decoration contest and parade is encouraged at http://goo.gl/feQCMG, case sensitive.
“Each group will be allowed to have one golf cart (no ATVs or other vehicles). Please decorate your golf cart,” according to event information. “Each group may have participants riding in the golf cart, and walking alongside the golf cart.”
Awards will be given for first through third place, most creative, best school spirit and best club/group messaging.
Midlothian High School will celebrate their homecoming on Oct. 19 including the traditional homecoming parade, said Jana Pongratz, director of communications for the district. The schools and district decided it would be the best course for the high schools to celebrate separately, she said.
“Because they are in different divisions, their games are on different weeks and they want to celebrate homecoming on the week of their game,”Pongratz explained. “Heritage now has ninth - 12th graders and they wanted to start their own traditions.”
Both Heritage and MHS football teams play home games at the Multi-Purpose Stadium on alternating weekends.