Homecoming is an annual highlight for the town of Middletown. This year is sure not to disappoint. Weeklong activities will lead up to a fantastic parade in the morning and an exciting football game in the afternoon. And, of course, there will be the crowning of the Homecoming Queen at halftime. Here’s everything you need to know to join the fun on Saturday, October 25, 2014.
Middletown Area High School will host Spirit Week, October 20-24, to build Raider spirit in preparation for the weekend’s activities. Middletown Area Middle School will hold their Homecoming Dance on Friday, October 24, 2014 at MAMS from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Homecoming Parade – NEW PARADE ROUTE
On Homecoming Day, Saturday, October 25, 2014, the festivities will kick off with the annual parade at 11:30 a.m. This community tradition will feature former Homecoming Queens, class floats, community groups, sports teams, the Middletown Middle School Marching Band and the Middletown Area High School Blue Wave Marching Band. This year’s Honor Class will be the Class of 1964. The Grand Marshalls will be Dr. Herb Henderson, Class of 1951 and Mrs. Audra Henderson, Class of 1950. Parade staging will be at Hoffer Park beginning at 10:30 a.m. The parade will start at 11:30 a.m. and will take a new route due to downtown road closures: right onto Race Street; left onto E. Emaus Street; right onto N. Pine Street; right onto E. Water Street; right onto Race Street; left onto Conewago Street; right into the War Memorial Field parking lot entrance. For questions concerning the parade logistics, please contact Earl Bright IV at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Middletown Area School District and the MASD Alumni Association invite all MASD employees and Alumni Association Members to a tailgate lunch in the Fink Cafeteria at noon. Seating will be available indoors and outdoors so plan to attend rain or shine. Admission is free for all current Alumni Association Members. Other guests may purchase $5.00 tickets, by contacting Mr. Earl Bright, III at 717-944-5454 or email@example.com.
Homecoming Game – 2:00 p.m.
Saturday afternoon War Memorial Field will be packed with past, present and future Raiders for the Middletown vs. Steelton Highspire game and the crowning of the 2014 Homecoming Queen at halftime.
Alumni Association Evening Events
Alumni Dinner – 5:00 p.m. at Middletown American Legion, 137 E. High Street, Middletown
Alumni Association Meeting – a brief meeting for association business, awards and recognitions will follow dinner.
Entertainment – 7:30 p.m. by Dan Steele, local DJ and radio personality
To reserve your spot for alumni events, contact Mr. Earl Bright III at 717-944-5454 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictured left to right: Jalen Morra & Ariannah Williams, Scott Shaffer & Madison Rios, Eddie Arnold & Halle Marion, Jordan Handley & Alexis Hile, Zack Sims & Mackenzie Lombardi
Jalen Morra & Ariannah Williams
Jalen Morra is the son of Dan and Sylvia Morra of Middletown. Jalen has participated in wrestling and chorus at MAHS. He enjoys activities such as Crossfit, swimming and traveling. What he appreciates about MAHS is the diversity of classes which allows students to prepare for college and future careers of all aspects and trades. Jalen is honored to be given the chance to represent his community and school by being on the Homecoming Court and thanks his fellow classmates and teachers for the honor. After graduation, Jalen plans to join the United States Navy for training in Specialized Warfare.
Ariannah Nichole Williams is the daughter of Alexander and Stephanie Little of Middletown. During her high school career, Ariannah has participated in Key Club and Link Crew. She enjoys going to concerts, reading, shopping and being with her friends and family. Ariannah is grateful for the amount of pride MAHS has developed in the past few years. She is extremely happy and honored to be recognized by her fellow friends and classmates by being selected for the 2014 Homecoming Court. After graduation, Ariannah plans to attend Penn State with an undecided major.
Scott Shaffer & Madison Rios
Scott Shaffer is the son of Tom and Christine Shaffer of Middletown. Scott participates in soccer and track at MAHS. His interests are hunting, fishing and kayaking. His favorite thing about MAHS is how close the student body is. Scott thanks his classmates for nominating him to be on the Homecoming Court. After high school, Scott plans to attend college to pursue a career in Sports Management.
Madison Brooke Rios is the daughter of Frankie and Kristen Rios of Middletown. In her time at MAHS, Madison has participated in Key Club, Mini-THON, Field Hockey, Dual Enrollment, Link Crew, TV Production, Yearbook, and National Honor Society. In her free time she enjoys running, getting coffee, reading, hanging out with friends, and listening to music. Madison has appreciated all of the academic and extra-curricular opportunities that are offered at MAHS. She is grateful to be representing the senior class by being a part of the Homecoming Court. After graduation, Madison is aspiring to be a Penn State Nittany Lion and major in film and cinematography.
Eddie Arnold & Halle Marion
Edward Ray Arnold is the son of Edward and Carol Arnold of Middletown. In his years at MAHS, Eddie has participated in PRIDE Club, Link Crew, Yearbook, soccer for four years, and baseball for three years. Eddie enjoys fishing, watching movies, and golfing. Eddie appreciates that the MAHS teachers are always there to motivate and encourage students to do their best. After graduation, Eddie plans to attend college to obtain a business and marketing degree. Eddie says, “It is an honor to have been chosen by my peers to represent my graduating Class of 2015. GO RAIDERS!”
Halle Marie Marion is the daughter of Kenneth and Traci Marion of Middletown. While at MAHS, Halle has participated in varsity basketball and varsity softball. Halle enjoys watching and playing sports, especially softball, spending time with her friends and family and watching movies. Halle appreciates the support from the faculty, administration and coaches throughout her years at MAHS. Halle is very honored to be selected by her peers to represent the senior class on the Homecoming Court. After high school, Halle has committed to play softball at Saint Francis University and plans to study Physical Therapy.
Jordan Handley & Alexis HIle
Jordan Handley is the son of Doug and Dana Handley of Middletown. Jordan has played soccer and baseball at MAHS. He enjoys fishing and long walks in the park. Jordan appreciates the friendly and caring environment at MAHS. Jordan is honored to be selected for the Homecoming Court and is excited to represent the senior class alongside of some of his best friends. Jordan plans to attend a four year college and major in Education and minor in Communications/Journalism.
Alexis Leah Hile is the daughter of Joseph and Tami Hile of Middletown. She has participated on the softball team, PRIDE Club, Link Crew, Internship Program, Nurse’s Aide Training, Special Olympics Buddy, THON, and served as a wrestling manager and Pinnacle Health volunteer. Alexis enjoys fishing, hiking, bonfires with her friends, Penn State football (Go State – beat those Buckeyes!) and being a part of the Raider Nation student section (Go Raiders!). Alexis appreciates how the student body exhibits Raider pride and sticks together. She is honored to be a member of the Homecoming Court and thanks her classmates for their support. After high school Alexis plans to study nursing at Penn State University.
Zack Sims & Mackenzie Lombardi
Zachary Baldwin Sims is the son of Aimee Sims of Harrisburg. During his high school career, Zack has participated in baseball, FBLA, Key Club, PRIDE, and was a member of the National Honor Society. Zack enjoys hanging out with his friends, playing baseball, and traveling. Zack appreciates the close-knit family atmosphere at MAHS. He considers it an honor and a privilege to be selected by his peers to represent the Class of 2015 on the Homecoming Court. After high school Zack plans to attend Shippensburg University to play baseball and to major in business.
Mackenzie Marion Lombardi is the daughter of Robert and Julie Lombardi of Middletown. Mackenzie has participated in volleyball, basketball, track and field, Key Club, Link Crew, Student Council, National Honor Society and served as a class officer. During her free time, Mackenzie enjoys spending time with her friends and family and playing sports. She loves the sense of community at MAHS and the support everyone has for each other. Mackenzie feels very lucky to be able to represent her senior class at Homecoming and is excited to be a part of all of Middletown’s Homecoming traditions. After high school, Mackenzie plans to attend a four year college or university and major in Exercise Science.
Photos courtesy of Jodi Ocker