First Ever Bonfire Boosts Homecoming Spirit
in North Hopkins, Thursday Night
by: Bobby McDonald
It was food, fun, entertainment, motivational messages, and yes, the first ever bonfire, hosted by North Hopkins School, on Thursday night, as students, athletes, teachers, coaches, staff, alumni, and community supporters gathered for a new tradition. "We had a wonderful crowd and seems like everyone had a great time, as spirit was boosted," expressed North Hopkins Booster Club President and organizer, Bobby Joe Griner. "Hopefully, this is the beginning of a tradition at North Hopkins School."
The night began with a hamburger and hot dog cookout and continued with speeches by Panther and Lady Panther Captains and Coaches, a motivational speech delivered by Pastor C.J. Duffey, musical entertainment by Mitch Griggs and Allen Johnson, and three pinatas depicting the Friday night basketball "foes," the Yantis Owls. Radio personality "Moose" Morgan served as the master of ceremonies and the Star Spangled Banner was sung by the 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students.
Griner and a host of other Booster Club members and students had accumulated over 700 wooden pallets for the bonfire, and once it was lit, the glow filled the night west of the North Hopkins School and the warmth of fire "felt good" on a cool winter night, s memories were made.
The Panthers and Lady Panthers will host the Yantis Owls and Lady Owls Friday night, in what promises to be a "heated" match-up, with the 2012 Homecoming Queen being named in coronation ceremonies, following the boy's game.
Enjoy these photos from Thursday night's bonfire: