Our pictures tell a story. Here are the picture captions that help frame the homecoming for WHS:
The halftime performance by the Wheatland High School band was jaw-dropping. Their visionary band teacher, Evan Bradley put together something so profound and something so on-time for our generation that the crowd actually went silent for moments after the performance ended. Local Wheatland resident Tony Montoya said, “I’ve never seen anything close to this here in Wheatland or by any high school band for that matter.” It combined drama, dance, music, thought provoking sound bites and well-rehearsed choreography.
Hc3 The homecoming parade took place on Friday morning at 11 a.m. The procession included floats and classic cars, celebrities and a cheering student body. The streets of Wheatland were packed with people waiting to see the procession.
Hc4 The band led the parade just behind the fire engine and led the group to the downtown square where a pep rally would ensue.
Hc5 The student body gathered downtown Wheatland for the pep rally which usually takes place at the football field. Students were thrilled with the change and the downtown areas of Wheatland were packed for the 45-minute presentation of speakers including students, coaches of teams still playing and the state champion golf team led by their coach Tony Nichols.
Hc6 Dressing up and choosing which float to ride on was the big decision for most students since they are involved in more than one activity. It was not unusual to see volleyball players on the FFA float or band members on the football team float. Hadley Paisley donned her homemade Wheatland adorned straw hat and a corn stalk as the day was “jolly ranchers” where kids paid homage to where we live and what we do in Wyoming.
Hc7 The highlight of every homecoming game is the fire crew who comes and burns the huge “W” at the southeast corner of the stadium while the students sing the Johnny Cash Song “Ring of Fire.”
Hc8 Between the third and fourth quarters of the homecoming game there was a tractor race with kids from the community. The eventual winner of the 50-yard sprint was Slayder Johnson.
Hc9 A big part of the Wheatland sports community is the cheer squad. They had their hearts set on performing at the halftime ceremony, but a technical difficulty canceled their planned program. Though disappointed, they came off the field cheering and smiling and acting as though they weren’t bothered by it. But we all knew… they were. They remain the heart and soul of our spirit.
Hc10 On homecoming week, the boosters get together and cook a meal for the varsity football team after their practice. Moms prepare the food, dads did the cooking on the grills. They also have a special activity each year as a bonding experience for the team. This year the players engaged in “Knockerball.”
Hc11 The Royalty Coronation was held on Thursday morning at the newly remodeled Wheatland High School auditorium. All nominees from each class were seated and then introduced. Each class had it’s choices crowned and sealed for 2022. From left: Freshman Pages - Juanito Bell and Karley Adams. Sophomore Attendants Ella Keil and Hunter Furl, Junior Princess Lola Philo, Prince Chance Cermack, Queen Taylor Milnes and King Maxx Meyer.
Hc12 The pregame activities after the volleyball girls demolished Glenrock to win their homecoming games, was the WHS boosters who sold walking tacos for $6. Following, of course was the football team’s total domination of Glenrock as they won their homecoming game 29-6. Homecoming week concluded with the Homecoming dance on Saturday night from 9-12.
Hc13 On each day of the week, the students dressed up with a different theme each day. On Thursday it was “dress like a famous person day.” Hadley Paisley’s mom posted this picture Thursday morning with this caption: “Hadley went with Platte County Famous. Any Guesses?”