Wewa turns out for homecoming parade

Downtown Wewahitchka was filled with school spirit on Friday as crowds of onlookers gathered in their best red and white to cheer on the Gators ahead of their homecoming game against Cottondale. 

 The parade, which kicked off shortly after school let out for the day, started weekend of festivities that included a dance and a big win for the Wewahitchka High School football team. 

 The parade began with a police escort and was led by members of the school faculty, Gulf District Schools superintendent Jim Norton and their familiesThen the Wewahitchka High School band was towed down Main Street on a trailer big enough for all its members. 

 This year’s homecoming court, which featured six senior girls, rode through downtown, greeting onlookers and throwing candy to crowds of eager children. 

 Onlookers cheered as the Gators rode by on top of a fire truck.  

As the parade rounded the corner to wrap up by the old courthouse, folding chairs were packed up as quickly as they were put out as the town headed to the football game, where the Gators beat Cottondale 38-22 and Eva Flowers was named as the homecoming queen. 

Meet the Editor

Wendy Weitzel, The Star’s digital editor, joined the news outlet in August 2021, as a reporter covering primarily Gulf County.

Prior to then, she interned for Oklahoma-based news wire service Gaylord News and for Oklahoma City-based online newspaper NonDoc.com during her four years at the University of Oklahoma, from which she graduated in May with degrees in online journalism and political science.

While at OU, Weitzel was selected as Carnegie-Knight News21 Investigative Fellow among 30 top journalism students from around the country. She also was senior editor managing a 12-person newsroom in coordination with Oklahoma Watch, a non-profit news organization in eastern Oklahoma.

Wendy Weitzel The Star Digital Editor

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