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Senior band members and cheerleaders from the Class of '02

Class of 2002 adapts to homecoming changes

By Michael Butler

Homecoming was scheduled for this week at Tallassee High School; however, the cancellation of the Tigers' football game with Pike Road has required rearranging festivities for the annual tradition.

Some of the graduates from the Class of 2002 had already made plans to be back home for this week; therefore, at least one of the gatherings for this week has remained unchanged.

"We have had to change and rearrange plans four times due to the date change," said THS Class of 2002 alum Megan Hamilton Smith, who is one of the organizers for the reunion. "It was not an easy decision, but we decided this last date change to keep our reunion dinner for this Saturday, Sept. 25. Then we will come back together for the school homecoming festivities on Oct. 29."

The THS dance team at last year's homecoming parade

All other homecoming festivities are now scheduled for the final week of October with the football game being against Carroll of Ozark.

"Splitting the dates allows some the opportunity to come to one that could not come to the other," Smith said. "There has been some frustration and disappointments, but we are all happy to have what we can to spend time together and catch up."

Class of 2002 homecoming court (left to right): Skye Jones, Candace Harper, Courtney Bowles, Santana Shelton, Sharon Largen.

The pep rally coordinated by the 20-year reunion class and the current student body is always a highlight of the week. Due to COVID restrictions last year, the pep rally was held at J. E. "Hot" O'Brien Stadium. That is the plan for this year as well, according to Daphne Davis with Tallassee City Schools.

The lineup for Oct. 29 includes the parade at 2 p.m., the pep rally at 4:30 and pregame and crowning of the homecoming queen at 6:30.

"Since the end of last year our class has been discussing our 20 year reunion," said Smith. "It's finally our turn. 20 years doesn’t seem right. Most of us have not seen each other since we graduated. Planning the reunion and reaching out to old classmates has definitely taken us all back. We are all happy to spend time together and catch up."