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Raising the roof
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Cheerleaders Rylee Ryan, left, and Emily Hoch lead the homecoming parade as it meanders through the halls at WCHS on Thursday.

There are some things that don’t seem well-suited to be held indoors.

A parade comes to mind.

But WCHS students blasted that notion Wednesday and Thursday when they rocked the high school halls with music and cheer for an indoor homecoming parade.

Due to COVID concerns, students and parents did not construct the class floats that have become such a cherished Warren County homecoming tradition, but that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm for the Pioneers.

The cheerleaders were chanting, the band was playing, and students were lining the halls to holler for the football team as the parade made its way around the school on both floors.

“It was a last-minute thing we put together that was actually an idea from some of our students,” said WCHS executive principal Clark George. “I think it was a good celebration and a nice way to recognize our football players and cheerleaders and some of our other students. It went over really well.”

The hallway parade was held on two days so all students could take part in festivities. The student body has been divided in half under a hybrid learning model for the first nine weeks, although that will change after fall break. All students will be reporting to class Monday thru Thursday beginning Oct. 12.

George said he hopes the traditional homecoming parade with class floats can return next year for the community to enjoy. Crowds always line Main Street to get their first glimpse of the homecoming floats and to cheer on the students.

Even if the traditional parade does return, the hallway parade might stay too.

“We’ve received so many positive comments this is something we might try to incorporate into our regular activities,” said George.