Matoaca High School celebrated their annual homecoming football game and the 50th Anniversary of the school on Friday, October 4. The celebration kicked off with an outdoor pep rally for the student body that featured a joint performance of the Woo Woos of Virginia State University and the Matoaca High cheerleaders. Many students and faculty wore school colors and special commemorative shirts as part of the festivities.
After school, the celebration continued with a tailgate party for students and an alumni reception. The reception included a Through the Decades video show created by Mr. Charles Payton, decade’s music, provided by DJ Tim Wilkins, free gifts, photos and building tours for the returning alumnus. The Matoaca High Visual Arts department hosted a photo exhibit featuring the Ettrick and Matoaca community through the years.
The homecoming game began with a traditional parade that included the homecoming court. A great halftime show was provided by the award winning Matoaca High School Marching Warriors. Many of the past homecoming Kings and Queens attended the game and were introduced as a part of the half-time program. The Warriors football team capped off the evening by chalking a win against local rival Colonial Heights High School.
The festivities continued into Saturday evening with a traditional homecoming dance for the student body, and a reunion event for various alumni classes. The festivities were headed by Assistant Principal Ms. Gail Ledbetter. Faculty members, Ms. Katie Marshall, Ms. Kathy Schenk and Mr. Jamie Ford, handled all student activities and many other details to make the event memorable for the entire Matoaca High School community. A special commemorative football program was designed by Ms. Nita Burchett. The Class of 2014 provided numerous volunteered hours preparing for the celebration to welcome all visitors with Warrior Pride.