Bobcats rally for Homecoming

Rene Hernandez, Katherine Avalos crowned Homecoming royalty

T-R PHOTO BY ADAM SODDERS – This year’s Marshalltown High School Homecoming King Rene Hernandez, left, and Queen Katherine Avalos, right, sit at their throne after being crowned Thursday.



The big fall football game students look forward to for weeks takes place Friday, but the party got started in Marshalltown Thursday evening.

Festivities began with the return of the traditional Homecoming Parade down Main Street, which hosted the event for the first time since the 2018 tornado tore through the heart of the city.

“I really like it, it’s good and it seems well-made, too,” said spectator and Marshalltown High School sophomore Raamses Cruz.

T-R PHOTO BY ADAM SODDERS – Marshalltown High School cheerleaders lead the Homecoming pep rally Thursday evening.

Fellow sophomore spectator Zoe Johnson shared Cruz’s sentiment about the return of the parade to Main Street. She said she’s also enjoyed other Homecoming week festivities, including one of the dress-up days at school.

“I just did cowboy day. It was fun,” Zoe said.

The community also gathered for one of the biggest moments of the school year – the crowing of the MHS Homecoming king and queen. This year’s winners were varsity soccer captain Rene Hernandez as king and student senate member Katherine Avalos as queen.

“It’s a great honor,” Rene said. “I’m really excited and nervous at the same time.”

He said he is ready to represent the school.

T-R PHOTO BY ADAM SODDERS – The Marshalltown High School football team rolls down Main Street during the 2019 Homecoming Parade.

Queen Katherine also said it was an exciting moment when her name was announced.

“I didn’t know many people knew me, really,” she said with a smile. “It’s a new experience. I’m willing to learn new stuff and be involved.”

Students were energized by an emphatic set of pep rally performances, which featured high school dancers, cheerleaders and musicians.

The Homecoming buzz will continue through Friday as the undefeated football team prepares to take on rivals Ames High School in the evening. Both teams are undefeated and the Bobcats will be looking to cap off a festive week with a home team win.


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