GREENVILLE – Greenville’s Homecoming parade and pep rally Thursday night concluded with Ryan Trick being crowned the 2017 Chief Greenwave.
Trick, the son of John and Mindy Trick, was selected as Chief Greenwave from a group of seven senior boys that also included Hunter Anderson, Kaleb Anderson, Dalton Arnett, Landin Brown, Kyle Mills and Owen Paulus.
“I’m honestly surprised,” Trick said. “I didn’t really expect it. It’s really an honor to be here, to be able to win Chief Greenwave. I just want to thank my friends and family for giving me this opportunity and just all the support from the Greenville Schools. It’s truly an honor to be named Chief Greenwave.
“It was up for grabs for anybody. I think it was a pretty equal running competition. I was going to be happy with whoever won, and luckily it was me.”
Trick, who was crowned Chief Greenwave by 2016 Chief Greenwave Justin McMiller, participates in track and field. He was an all-Ohio pole vaulter this past spring when he cleared 14 feet 4 inches and finished sixth overall in Division I at the Ohio High School Athletic Association state meet.
The Greenville senior also is a member of the Science Club, Art Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, CORE Leaders and Engineering Club. He is in the National Technical Honor Society and has received the Maid-Rite Sportsmanship award. Upon graduation from Greenville he’ll continue his education at a four-year university and pole vault in college.
Prior to Trick being crowned, Thursday’s Homecoming festivities began with a parade that went throughout the streets of Greenville. The grand marshal was Gaylen Blosser, who has been a prominent business owner and journalist in the community.
The parade included groups representing Greenville City Schools, Green Wave athletics teams and clubs, and other community organizations. The Greenville Alumni Association was represented by the Class of 1967.
The Class of 2018 was named most spirited in the parade, Decolores Montessori School was recognized for having the most participants, the Greenville Youth Football League third graders were honored for having the most creative float, the GYFL fourth graders were honored for having the best constructed float, and the Greenville Theater Club and Greenville K-2 elementary were recognized for their application of the Homecoming theme in their float.
This year’s Homecoming Theme is: “A Homecoming Through the Decades.” The week-long festivities have included decades dress days in which the seniors dressed with a 1970s theme, the juniors represented the 1950s, the sophomores recalled the 1980s, the freshmen represented the 1990s, and the staff dressed in a 1960s theme.
Following the parade, the festivities moved to the Greenville High School gymnasium where the Green Wave held a prep rally and Chief Greenwave coronation.
“The prep rally was great,” Trick said, “always gets everybody pumped up and everybody involved. That’s one of my favorite things, is student involvement and getting all pumped up for games. Homecoming week is one of my favorite weeks of the school year. I love this week of school.”
Green Wave varsity football coach Aaron Shaffer fired up a sea of students and fans for Friday’s football game against Greater Western Ohio Conference foe Stebbins.
“If you were with us last week at Urbana just wait,” Shaffer said, “tomorrow is going to be even better.”
Prior to Friday’s game the Homecoming queen will be crowned with Bailey Bach, Bailey Bennett, Hope Byrum, Grace Coakley, Sierra Cress, Natalie House and Taira Ruble vying for the crown.
The crowning of the 2017 Homecoming queen is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday with the Homecoming game to follow at 7 p.m. The week will conclude with the Homecoming dance on Saturday night.
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