The community kicked off Homecoming festivities on Wednesday at the Melissa Homecoming Celebration. This is the second year that Melissa High School has organized the three-part community-wide celebration.
Festivities began with food and fun as various groups set up to tailgate north of Melissa Middle School.
The community then gathered along Cardinal Drive to enjoy the Melissa Homecoming Parade, featuring over 30 decorated floats by student groups and local businesses. Among the student groups represented were band, volleyball, football, cheerleading, cross country, and the 2018 Homecoming Court.
Ronny Williams, former football coach and athletic director at Melissa High School, was the parade grand marshal. Harry McKillop Elementary students Cannon Dittfurth and Ellie Puckett were the Homecoming Prince and Princess.
The top three decorated floats were announced after the parade, during the community-wide pep rally at Cardinal Stadium.
The varsity cheerleaders won first place. Second place went to the second grade flag football team and cheerleaders, sponsored by Jason Barbee. Third place went to the senior football players.
See the gallery below for more photos from the 2018 Melissa Homecoming Celebration. (Tag your Homecoming photos and videos on Twitter with #MelissaHOCO and we might retweet you on our accounts!)
The Cardinals will take on the Trinity Christian Cedar Hill Tigers at the Homecoming football game on Thursday, Sept. 20 at Cardinal Stadium. The football game was rescheduled from Friday due to severe weather in the forecast.
Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. Homecoming King and Queen will be announced prior to kickoff at approximately 7:00 p.m.
If you can’t make it to the football game on Thursday, the Melissa Cardinals Network will stream live beginning with a pre-game show at 7:00 p.m. To listen live from your computer or smart phone, visit the Melissa Cardinals Network website.
The Homecoming volleyball game will go on as scheduled on Friday, Sept. 21 in the gym at Melissa Middle School. The Lady Cardinals will enter district play as they take on the Anna Coyotes. Varsity plays at 4:30 p.m. and the JV teams will follow.
Maddie Coe, Community Relations