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Multiple Teams · Community Comes Together For First Ever Homecoming Parade

On September 15th, Gilmer schools and related extracurricular’s starred in the counties first ever homecoming parade.  This community wide event started at 6 pm, and people could be seen eagerly lining all sides of the square and surrounding areas. Each school involved designed their own unique float to showcase their students and facility. These floats included Ellijay Primary, Mountain View Elementary, Ellijay Elementary, Gilmer Middle, Clear Creek Middle, and Gilmer High. Since the parade was designed to pump up the community for the homecoming game, the main attractions included: floats carrying the GHS varsity football team/cheerleaders, a moving performance by the GHS marching band, and the homecoming court members. Gilmer High also presented class floats as a competition between the grade levels, each with a designated decade theme. The GHS FFA and FCCLA, Yearbook staff, Swim team, and others were featured as well.

The Homecoming parade’s route began at EES and then continued throughout the square, eventually ending below the High School. From there, students and parents were shuttled to the Bonfire at GHS. Overall, Gilmer’s first ever homecoming parade was a smooth success and those involved can’t wait to see what is in store for next year. This event is now set to be a tradition within Gilmer County, and a big thanks goes out to those who helped or watched for being a part of this historic milestone.

Edit: Big SHOUT OUT to GCCSS Superintendent Dr. Shanna Wilkes for presenting her vision for this event. Without her leadership this event would not have occurred.

14258132_10210835526871132_1445476638914455210_o(2015-2016) Previous Homecoming Queen Taylor Frady (Credit: Lee Ann Pettit Cochran)

14258215_10210835528031161_3362603085517001194_o Homecoming Court member Adriana Reed (Credit: Lee Ann Pettit Cochran)

14361197_10210835529711203_475956363773528492_oHomecoming Court member Kennedy Morgan (Credit: Lee Ann Pettit Cochran)

14379740_10210835528071162_1354355061784248189_oHomecoming Court members Matthew Waddell and Sarah Aaron (Credit: Lee Ann Pettit Cochran)

14242346_10210835529511198_2267376129375521051_o Homecoming Court members Jacky Pantoja and Holli Holder (Credit: Lee Ann Pettit Cochran)

14351999_10210835533191290_6749898675495560522_oEllijay Primary School (Credit: Lee Ann Pettit Cochran)

14324380_10210835537071387_875345551226360794_oClear Creek Middle School (Credit: Lee Ann Pettit Cochran)

14324191_10210835534951334_6929136191170402954_o-1Gilmer Middle School (Credit: Lee Ann Pettit Cochran)


14379779_10210835533431296_4284199112328941814_oMountain View Elementary 2nd image) Credit: Lee Ann Pettit Cochran

14352031_10210835531031236_6339033493277614712_oFreshman Float: Future Themed (Credit: Lee Ann Pettit Cochran)

14361347_10210835530911233_1172328883919458526_oSophomores: 80’s themed (Credit: Lee Ann Pettit Cochran)

14362619_10210835530551224_1470900432938941326_o(Credit: Lee Ann Pettit Cochran)


Juniors: 20’s themed


14324151_10210835529991210_6688968339225079079_oSenior Float: 50’s themed (2nd photo Credit: Lee Ann Pettit Cochran)

14352519_10210835540911483_8441313744550770461_oThe Gilmer High Swim Team  (Credit: Lee Ann Pettit Cochran)



14311264_10210835539311443_8535450502143017335_oJoint ” farm to table” FFA & FCCLA float (Credit: Lee Ann Pettit Cochran)

14352500_10210835539911458_3710635549978523784_oGilmer High Yearbook’s Float (Credit: Lee Ann Pettit Cochran)


Ellijay Elementary School (Credit: Lee Ann Pettit Cochran)

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GHS Marching band and Color guard (credit: Amy Crump) 

20160915_180826The GHS cheerleaders and Varsity football.

14361188_10210835526951134_1668491505689542276_o(Credit: Lee Ann Pettit Cochran)



(Credit: Missy West)