Melissa celebrates Homecoming with third annual parade, pep rally


Sep 2019
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Melissa Schools kicked off this year’s Homecoming festivities on Wednesday, Sept. 4 at the 2019 Melissa Homecoming Celebration. This is the third year that Melissa High School has organized the community-wide celebration.

Festivities began with food, fellowship, and fun as various groups tailgated near Melissa Middle School.

Spectators then gathered along Cardinal Drive to watch the Homecoming Parade, featuring more than 30 decorated floats representing local businesses, organizations, and student clubs. Band, cheerleading, colorguard, cross country, football, tennis, and volleyball were among the featured extracurricular programs. Doug Zadow led the parade as the grand marshal.

Young Cardinal Cheerleader in 2019 Homecoming Parade

Young cheerleaders toss candy during the Homecoming Parade.

Football Players in 2019 Homecoming Parade

Cardinal football players ride on their team parade float.

Choir Performs at Pep Rally

High school choir performs at the community pep rally.

The top three decorated floats with the theme of “Cage the Raccoons” were later announced during the community pep rally at Cardinal Stadium: first place went to the Melissa Lady Birds Softball 8U, second place went to Melissa High School Cross Country, and third place went to Camp Gladiator.

Homecoming Court

2019 Homecoming Court

2019 Melissa High School Homecoming Court

Melissa High School’s 2019 Homecoming Court nominees include Jillian Gardner, Wilson Gustaveson, Caroline Kasson, Ian Keever, Alison Kocsis, Brendon Lewis, Kate Murray, Maggie Rodgers, Zachary Wilkie, and Ja’Bray Young. Kindergarten students, Owen Nally and Faith King, were selected as the 2019 Homecoming Prince and Princess.

The Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned during halftime at the Homecoming football game on Friday, Sept. 6 at Cardinal Stadium.

2019 Homecoming Princess and Prince

2019 Melissa Homecoming Princess and Prince

Homecoming Games


The Melissa Lady Cardinals will take on the Krum Lady Cats on Friday, Sept. 6 in the main gym at Melissa Middle School. Varsity plays at 4:30 p.m. and JV will follow. Volleyball tickets cost $3 for adults and $2 for students; cash only.


Friday evening, the Melissa Cardinals will take on the Frisco High School Raccoons at Cardinal Stadium. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. Football tickets cost $5 for adults and $3 for students; cash only. A packed house is expected at the Homecoming football game. Early arrival is advised. Gates open at 6:00 p.m.

If you can’t make it to the football game, tune into the Melissa Cardinals Network to listen to a live broadcast hosted by Kenny Deel and Trey Graham.

See the gallery below for more photos from the 2019 Melissa Homecoming Celebration. Tag Melissa ISD and #REDREDSpirit in your Homecoming posts on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to be shared on our school accounts!

Photo Gallery

Homecoming Parade

Click here to open the parade photo album on Facebook.

Homecoming Pep Rally

Click here to open the pep rally photo album on Facebook.

Media Contact:
Maddie Coe, Director of Communications

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