The Monroe City High School celebrated their annual Football Homecoming on October 4. The 2019 Homecoming Royalty were King Keenan Batsell and Queen Bailey Hays.
Hays is the daughter of David and Julie Hays. She participates in cross country and track, and plays basketball. She is a member of NHS, FCA, and she is the senior class Vice President. Bailey attends a girls’ bible study and is a member of St. Stephen church. Hays works at the Mark Twain Landing during the summer, mows, and babysits. Bailey enjoys hanging out with friends and playing with her puppy. She plans to attend the University of Missouri and become an elementary teacher.
Batsell is the son of Ericka Batsell and Terri and Marvin Batsell. He plays football and runs track. He is a member of the MCHS PRIDE program and FCA. Batsell worked for the school district during the summer and enjoys sports, gaming, weight lifting, and hanging out with friends. Batsell’s future plans are to attend college and obtain a degree in sports therapy, play in the NFL, and become a businessman and entrepreneur.
The senior royalty was also represented by Antwuan Battle and Jaycee Baker. The crowning was held during half-time of the football game.
Each of the candidates walked down the 50 yard-line to take their place during the half-time show of Friday night’s game against South Shelby. The student council presented the crowning of royalty.
Earlier in the day, the community enjoyed a homecoming parade with the theme being, “Decades”.
The Monroe City Police Department escorted the parade, which was followed by the Monroe City Ambulance District and the Monroe City Fire Department with Marshal, the Dalmatian dog mascot riding along waving to the crowd. This year, the Freshmen took first place in the float contest, with a float representing the 1950s decorated with the expression “Rock n’ Roll Over the Cardinals”. The winning float had a giant record, jukebox and milkshakes to represent the time period. The Juniors came in second place, with the 1970s theme. In third place, was the Sophomore class with a float representing the 2010 decade. The Senior float came in fourth representing the 1980s.
The royalty candidates all rode in different cars representing their classes for homecoming. The Monroe City R-1 Marching Band played. The football teams from the Little Panthers, Monroe City Middle School and High School, all rode in the parade throwing out candy. The cheerleaders supporting their Panther teams, cheered as they came down the street to celebrate homecoming as well. The MCHS Dance Team joined in on the fun, along with FFA and softball teams.
The parade also featured the Class of 1979 with alumni riding on a float. Children were seen collecting candy as the parade passed by tossing the sweet treats.
Prior to the football game the FFA held a dinner at the Lions Club Barn for the public to enjoy. Later in the evening, following the football game the high school students enjoyed a Homecoming Dance in the cafeteria.
The dance was organized by the Student Council with DJ Spencer Camp.