Homecoming bonfire could make return tonight


Madisonville High School celebrates homecoming week this week, and many familiar staples have occurred or will occur this week.

Tonight’s festivities include the homecoming parade, a carnival, pep rally and homecoming king coronation. But something else is slated to make its return after a long hiatus — the bonfire.

The homecoming bonfire, which is believed to have been ceased after the 1999 season, is expected to make its return tonight during the pep rally. This is something MHS student council co-sponsor Kari Barrett is looking forward to.

“One of our goals this year in student council is to do everything we can to improve school spirit not just within the school, but throughout the community as well,” she said. “We want to rebuild the spirit of being a Mustang, and we think the bonfire will help do that.”

It is uncertain as to why the bonfire ceased. Some believe the collapse of the 1999 Texas A&M Bonfire could’ve been the cause, while others believe it was because of drought conditions in recent years.

Tonight’s itinerary will feature the parade, which starts shortly after 5:30 p.m., followed by the carnival then the pep rally near the south end of MHS, which is expected to feature the bonfire and will feature the coronation of the 2014-15 homecoming king. In years’ past, the bonfire took place on the grounds where the gymnasium now sits.

Each day, MHS has a theme for homecoming week. Monday’s theme was “Outsmart the Bulldogs,” where students were encouraged to dress like a nerd, and Tuesday’s was “Mustangs are double the trouble for Crockett,” where students were encouraged to pair up and dress alike as if they were twins.

Today’s theme is “We’re wild about the Mustangs,” where students are encouraged to wear animal-print clothing, and Thursday’s theme is “Throwback them ’Dogs,” where students are encouraged to wear clothing dating back to a different era. Friday is Mustang Pride day where students are encouraged to wear Madisonville Mustang gear.

A community-wide pep rally is scheduled to take place at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Madisonville CISD gym, and kickoff for the Mustangs’ game against Crockett will take place at 7:30 p.m. The 2014-15 homecoming queen will be crowned during halftime.

Homecoming queen candidates are Nicole Geick, Summer Guderian, Camry Isaac, Audrey Leveston and Zulema Parga, while Kelsey Byrd is the Junior Princess, Jacqueline Torresis the Sophomore Princess, and Donnica Ausby is the Freshman Princess. The homecoming king candidates are Cole Allen, Austin Ashley, Jordan Bazan, Jabre Burns and Calvin Le.