Archive for Thursday, September 30, 2004

Let’s hear it for Homecoming

Barbecue, parade, football game highlight Basehor tradition

September 30, 2004

Everyone should own a sweater as durable as the one worn by Jean Theno, a Basehor resident and 1950 homecoming queen of then-Basehor High School, during last week's homecoming parade.

Theno, one of two past royalty candidates to serve as grand marshals during the parade Friday night, wore a letterman's sweater emblazoned with the then-colors of the high school, green and white. The sweater belonged to her husband, Howard, Basehor class of 1950.

Although more than five decades old, the sweater held up quite well Friday night, Theno said.

"It sure did," she said. "It was a wool sweater and it was nice and warm."

Classmates of the time selected Theno as the high school's first ever homecoming queen. She said she was honored to be asked to serve as grand marshal in this year's parade.

"I said that would be nice and it was," she said. "It was all really nice."

Neta Clayton, formerly Neta Griffiths, a candidate for homecoming queen at Linwood High School in 1959, joined Theno Friday night. Clayton, a resident of Stockton, Mo., and Theno rode together in the lead car during the parade.

The theme of this year's parade was "That 70s Parade." Below is a list of parade entry winners.

  • Community Floats -- first place, earning $25, Language Lane; Stepping Stones received second place and earned $15.
  • Class Floats -- first place went to the Class of 2007, which received $25; the class of 2005 earned second place and $15.
  • Walking groups -- first place went to the high school band/ color guard, earning $25; the high school Dazzlers won second place and $15.
  • Small walking groups -- first place went to Beau Barger, who won $10.
  • Large motorized vehicles -- first place went to fire trucks in the parade. No monetary prizes were awarded in this category.

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