By: Timothy Kays
THE VILLAGE REPORTER
Homecoming in the halls of the Fayette School is always a special event, and the Homecoming Night celebration of January 24 lived up to every aspect of the time-honored tradition. This year, though, new energy and old equipment added to the event, adding a touch of extra glamour and class.
As the Homecoming Court was about to be introduced, the lights were dimmed in the gymnasium. The new Principal of the Fayette School, Mr. Jon Molter, fired up a mid-20th century vintage spotlight that he had rescued from the district scrap heap, and from his perch high in the northeast seating area, he followed each couple as they were introduced, and made their entrances from the junior high gym. The resulting show looked like a production straight out of the golden days of Hollywood.
The evening continued on the upswing, with perhaps the only disappointed faction present being the visitors from Holgate. The hometown boys successfully defended their home hardwood, defeating the visiting Tigers in both the JV and Varsity basketball contests, the full details of both games to be found in the adjoining pages of the Hometown Huddle.
After the Varsity victory, the junior high gymnasium was the site of the traditional Homecoming dance, which was well attended. Although the dance has always been intended to be entertaining for the students attending, it appeared that Mr. Molter and Mr. Ryan Eberly were having just as much fun as the kids…and the kids reciprocated the positive energy.
Kids and school officials having a great time, at the same time…in the same place. It is not a movie script from the Hallmark Channel, but it is indeed something that outside of decades-old memories, is no longer easily found. Such is not the case in Eagle Country, however. The small-town values that form the very foundation upon which America was constructed are still alive and well in Fayette, and Homecoming Night there will always be a beacon that illuminates the true meaning of community.
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