From start to finish, Jennings County High School’s homecoming week provided students with fun and exciting activities and moments.

Activities Sept. 11 to 15 included dress-up days, lunch competitions, a pep rally, the homecoming football game against Madison and the homecoming dance.

The theme for the dress-up days was “Roadtrip,” which featured Hawaiian Day, Hippie Day and Hitchhiker Day. Without fail, numerous students from every class came sporting grass skirts, bell-bottoms and road signs. Each class had many participants, elaborate props and some theatrics to accompany their costumes.

The other two days kept with homecoming tradition, and the class colors and Panther pride days prompted students to sport bodysuits and war paint to represent their class on one day and their school on the other.

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After lunch, a pep rally was conducted on Sept. 15 to boost school spirit even further. The rally featured a lip-sync competition between classes, performances by the Jennings County Dance Team and the cheerleaders, appearances from the homecoming king and queen candidates, and speeches by the football team’s captains.

In the end, it was determined that the juniors had shown the most school spirit throughout the week.

Homecoming week ended on a high note. Jennings County defeated Madison 36-15, marking the Panthers’ first homecoming win in a couple years.

Blaich Blanton, a member of the football team, said the win was due to better team chemistry.

“Everyone just works much better together than last year, and everyone is more experienced now,” he said.

Blanton had another reason to celebrate. He was crowned homecoming king while Liz Maschino was crowned homecoming queen.

The school dance followed the football game and many students danced and celebrated the victory.