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Mountie spirit comes alive for Philipsburg-Osceola homecoming

Homecoming court members Jay O’Neill and Elizabeth Robertson toss candy to youngsters during the Philipsburg-Osceola High School homecoming parade on Wednesday, October 1, 2014.
Homecoming court members Jay O’Neill and Elizabeth Robertson toss candy to youngsters during the Philipsburg-Osceola High School homecoming parade on Wednesday, October 1, 2014. CDT photo

Philipsburg-Osceola’s homecoming game might not be until Friday, but students and the community were fired up with pride Wednesday for the annual parade.

Why do people line up along the route from the high school in Curtis Park to Memorial Stadium in Rush Township?

“To see all our friends and our awesome athletes, because P-O’s the best,” said sophomore Robert Burger, dressed in his blue and white best.

The football team has struggled in recent years, but students say the commitment to the boys on the gridiron is one of their strengths.

“It’s our school spirit,” said sophomore Josiah Davis. “No matter how we do, we are still there attending the games and that’s what really counts.”

The parade is about more than the team, though. There are also the king and queen candidates who get to show their local pride as they roll down the street in dressed up trucks and top-down convertibles.

Rebekah Rea got into the spirit by sharing something with the children lining the road by South Park.

“It’s fun to throw candy,” she said as children scrambled for Tootsie Rolls.

Abby Showers knew exactly what the best part of the whole thing was as she drove by with Alex Wilkinson.

“Just being here,” she said.

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