By Lindsey Ressler
The Meridian Times
The Haslett High School homecoming festivities kicked off on the eve of October 3rd with a parade.Students, staff, family and friends lined the streets of a nearby neighborhood with blue and gold to cheer on the Haslett Vikings prior to the annual football game.
The parade featured the Viking marching band that played a variety of contemporary songs. The program that was selected to be performed by the band might have sound familiar because it was also performed at the Michigan State University homecoming parade.
“My kids love being in the band and especially love the opportunity to march in a parade,” said Becky Martin, “I enjoy coming to the parade year after year because the entertainment is always different and they work so hard behind the scenes to make their performances perfect.” Martin said.
The celebration continued after the game, in which the Vikings defeated the Lansing Waverly Warriors, 13-12. At halftime two Haslett students got to experience the homecoming of a lifetime. The freshman class selected Sam Wiley and Suzie Bruce to represent them on homecoming court. The dynamic duo suffers from Down syndrome.
“It felt really rewarding to see them walk out on the field together at half time,” said Sarah Connor, a former Haslett Viking. “You could totally tell that they were so excited to be out there representing their graduating class.” Connor said.
The homecoming festivities wrapped up on Saturday evening at the high school for the annual dance.
“You know, it is kind of a bittersweet feeling,” said Ashley Holmes, a senior. “I get a little sad thinking about how this is my last homecoming, but I am also excited to start a new chapter in my life, which is college.”