October 01, 2022

‘The Greatest Homecoming’

Creston Community High School will celebrate Homecoming 2022 the week of Sunday, Sept. 18 through Saturday, Sept. 24. This year’s theme is The Greatest Homecoming

The 2022 CCHS Homecoming Queen will be crowned at coronation 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 23 at in the high school auditorium. Hall of Fame members will be inducted at this time as well. School will be dismissed three hours early Sept. 23.

The parade begins 1:30 p.m. Sept. 23 through the downtown area. Businesses and organizations should register for the parade by Friday, Sept. 16; registration forms are online on the school website as well as on the CCSD social media pages or by contacting Ellie Soosloff (esoosloff@crestonschools.org or 782-2116).

Floats should be decorated according to this year’s theme, Circus or with Creston Pride red and black. The Panthers’ opponents at the football game on Friday, Sept. 23 will be the Knoxville Panthers. No political parade entries allowed.

The parade will start at the corner of Sycamore and Devoe streets and will travel south on Sycamore to Adams Street, travel east on Adams Street to Maple Street. At Maple Street, the parade will travel north and will disband in the area north of Howard Street near the Gibson Memorial Library. The public is invited to find a good place to enjoy the parade somewhere along the parade route.

Additional Homecoming Events to put on your calendars:

Sunday, September 18: Float Construction Begins. Classes and clubs may begin construction on floats.

Class officers will establish a location for float building and will communicate this, as well as work schedule, with classmates. All students are encouraged to work on their class float.

Homecoming Kickoff Event begins at 2 p.m. in the CCHS gym. The community is invited to join us as we kick off homecoming week with our traditional junior/senior volleybrawl and powderpuff competitions. Admission $5 (includes both events). Activity tickets will not be accepted; money raised helps cover homecoming expenses (including fireworks after Friday night’s football game) and other student government sponsored activities throughout the year.

Tuesday, Sept. 20: Cross Country Meet. Races start with the middle school athletes at 4 p.m. followed by a kids fun race (open to grades K-6) and two high school races beginning at 4:45 pm. All cross country alumni are encouraged to attend and meet at the red and white tent for an alumni celebration.

Thursday, Sept. 22: The Greatest Homecoming Run. The Panther cross country team will travel from Knoxville High School to Panther Field with the game ball in tow. Follow the cross country team on their social media accounts to track their progress and welcome them back into town on Thursday afternoon (approximately 2 p.m.- this is an estimate, so time may change).

Thursday, Sept. 22: volleyball vs. Clarinda. JV1 and JV2 games will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the varsity to follow about 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 23: High School Pep Rally at 8:15 a.m. Performances by the band, color guard, cheerleaders, peppers, and queen candidate interviews. Open to the public. Class competitions to follow. Football vs. Knoxville. The freshman game is at 4:15 p.m. and the varsity will kick off at 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 24: Homecoming Dance from 8:30-11 p.m. (Doors open at 8:25 p.m.) in the CCHS Commons. Admission: $5 per person.

Homecoming dress-up days:

Monday, Sept.19: Prepare to be hypnotized. Dress in your comfy pajamas.

Tuesday, Sept. 20: Under the Bright Lights. Wear neon colors or sunglasses.

Wednesday, Sept. 21: Clowning Around. Dress wacky- clashing colors, crazy hair do/socks/patterns.

Thursday, Sept. 22: Seeing Double. Dress alike with a friend, teacher, or group.

Friday, Sept. 23: Panther Pride Can’t be Tamed. Show your Panther Pride- wear your favorite red/black game day attire.

John Van Nostrand


An Iowa native, John's newspaper career has mostly been in small-town weeklies from the Rocky Mountains to the Mississippi River. He first stint in Creston was from 2002 to 2005.