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Charlo celebrates homecoming week, remembers classmate

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CHARLO – Senior Dominic Shively decided he wanted to ride in a police car in the homecoming parade after he was elected by his peers to the homecoming royalty court. He got the idea after finding out that Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Shad Andersen was going to be driving the car, and if a trooper is going to drive, he needs a police car.

The Montana Highway Patrol Troopers Association loaned their 1977 Plymouth Gran Fury, a vintage police car complete with sirens, to the school for the parade. When it arrived from Helena, Dominic went out to the parking lot to inspect the car.

“This is so cool,” he said after folks helped him get into the police car from his wheelchair. 

Dominic rode with Jaycee Andersen through town during the afternoon parade with a procession of floats. Kids stood on the side of the road with open candy bags as students from elementary to high school waved to the crowd. The kindergarteners and the first graders took first place in the elementary float contest. In the junior high, seventh graders took first, and in the high school, the sophomores had the best float.

Dominic continued his ride across the football field during halftime at the football game with the police siren blaring and lights flashing. In a lineup of homecoming royalty, he was crowned king. Jaycee was crowned queen as she stood beside him. The rest of the homecoming court included juniors Blaine Bour and Devi Knutson, sophomores Devon Siech and Sakoya Gaustad and freshman Brock Tomlin and Taylor McCready.

During the football game, the Vikings made two touchdowns in the second quarter. Jade Smith picked up the second touchdown in the second quarter with a 30-yard run to tie the game 14-14. The Warriors later pulled ahead. 

After standing with other royalty, Devi posed for photos with friends during the game in her full-length gown. She said students dressed up in different themed costumes during the week to show school spirit. One student came to school in a banana suit during character day, and another day was devoted to dressing up like Harry Potter. Students had a lot of fun during the week, but classmate Brett Krantz was on their minds. He recently died in a car accident.

“We mourned and now we are remembering,” Devi said. Students wore sweatshirts with Brett’s name during last Friday’s homecoming football game. 

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