Homecoming reminds us we all have school spirit

By: 
DAVID KEYES
Laurel Outlook Publisher

It is good to see that the spirit of Homecoming is alive and well in these parts.
A quick look into this week’s Outlook and any reader will clearly see that Park City hit it out of the park as far as Homecoming goes.
Check out Page 10 and you will find:
• A cool, round hay bale Panther sign.
• A great parade with youngsters and oldsters interacting.
• Other cool photos.
And, to top it off, the Panthers dispatched Gardner 60-6 to win the Homecoming game.
The bar is now officially set a bit higher for the Locomotives.
I am a big fan of Homecoming – whether it was driving a Volkswagon designed as a football in the Forsyth parade three decades ago, or tailgating at the University of Montana several years ago – Homecoming is a reminder that the school is our school.
Most of the school activities are designed for current students, as they should be.
The prom is one example. Who wants a bunch of old people hanging around the prom requesting ‘80s music all night and wearing strange clothes?
Everyone has a hometown school and most have hometown pride based on that. Some people are Laurel Locomotives their whole lives and I know some who are third generation Locos. How could there not be school pride in those families?
The Locos face Park County Friday at 7 for the Homecoming game. While the Rangers have had a tough time the past few seasons, the local coaches aren’t taking visitors for granted.
One assistant coach said there are a few athletes on offense the Locomotive defense will have to key on in order to win. As most everyone knows, this edition of the Locos is undefeated this season and is making up for individual talent by playing as a team.
A town’s character is often a reflection of its schools. Nobody would accuse Park City of slacking in the school spirit category and all people have to do is look at the continuing success of Laurel’s student-athletes to see how successful LHS is. Laurel is not a pushover in any sport and many grads have gone on to great things.
Homecoming is a great reminder of a lifetime ago for most of us.
Glad to see the tradition prosper here.

David Keyes is publisher of the Laurel Outlook and likes the fact that the school colors for Laurel and Forsyth are purple.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019
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Wednesday, May 1, 2019
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