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Omar Roque and Taylor Smith were crowned homecoming king and queen at halftime of Friday night’s football game.

JASPER — Hamilton County High School homecoming festivities capped off with the annual parade Friday afternoon through Jasper and the crowning of a king and queen Friday night.

The parade through town included the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Jasper Police Department, Jasper Fire Department and the Florida Forest Service.

Following the Hamilton County JROTC were the HCHS class floats. The Class of 2023 won the homecoming competition.

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The Class of 2023’s float in the homecoming parade. The freshmen won the homecoming competition.

The Hamilton County School District’s float displayed a tribute to Hamilton County native and alum Ethan Land, who is wheelchair bound and undergoing physical therapy following a tragic vehicle accident last year.

Also participating in the parade were the HCHS football players and cheerleaders, as well as youth players.

The Hamilton County’s School Safety Administration decorated its float to promote FortifyFL, a mobile app that is available for all to submit anything that may concern school safety. People can report suspicious activity, and even threats heard that can affect the safety within the schools in Hamilton County. Fortify FL has been made known throughout the state, and can be used for any school within the state.

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Leigh Ann Norris, a finalist for State Teacher of the Year last year, was the parade’s grand marshal.

 

The grand marshal of the parade was Leigh Ann Norris, a sixth-grade teacher at Hamilton County Elementary School, who was a finalist for State Teacher of the Year last year.

Omar Roque and Taylor Smith were crowned homecoming king and queen at halftime of Friday night’s football game.

Kara M. Compo is a reporter for the Suwannee Democrat, Jasper News and Mayo Free Press. Her beats include general assignment, government and police. ​

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