The Louisa County High School Hometown Homecoming Parade returns on Thursday, Sept. 23 after a year’s absence, with a few changes. 

The biggest change is that the parade route will run in the opposite direction this year. Rather than starting at Walton Park and heading north up Mineral Avenue, the parade will begin at the Mineral Volunteer Fire Department and head south on Mineral Avenue, ending at the park. The change was made to accommodate the large number of participants and to prevent traffic backing up around Walton Park as parents dropped off and picked up their children.

“Every year after the parade we sit down and look at what we can improve, and that was really the only place we saw where we could really improve,” said Carrie Hicks, who is working with the high school’s leadership class to plan the parade.

This year, participating students will be dropped off at the Mineral Farmer’s Market field. Drop-off will be conducted in a similar manner to student drop-off at the elementary and middle schools. Parents will pull into the alley between the farmer’s market site and the dentist’s office, drop off their children and then continue around the building and back out to First Street, keeping the flow of traffic continuous. 

Walking groups will assemble on the farmer’s market field, and any students who will be riding on a float will be taken by volunteers to Mineral Baptist Church where the floats will be staged prior to the parade. 

Anyone driving themselves to and from the parade can park at Walton Park and be shuttled to the other end of town. Participants in the parade will need to arrive between 5 and 5:30 p.m.

Detours will be set up around the town of Mineral during the parade. Travelers heading east who need to go north on Route 522 will take Chopping Road (Rt. 623) north to Wares Crossroads. Travelers going south on 522 should take Route 33 from the town of Louisa. Anyone coming north on 522 should turn onto Mica Road (Rt. 700), then left onto Fredericks Hall Road, then right onto Old Tolersville Road to get back to 522.

The parade begins at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 23.

“It feels good, knowing we can bring the community together [for homecoming] for the first time in two years,” said Emion Byers, one of the leadership students helping organize the parade.

SENIOR HOMECOMING COURT BIOGRAPHIES:

Name:Jacob Bundrick

Parents: Bo and Christie Bundrick

Lives in: Gordonsville

School/Community Involvement: 

  • Football

  • Baseball

  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes

  • Hiking Club

  • Future Farmers of America Association

  • Works throughout the community doing odd jobs

Future plans and goals: 

  • He would like to attend college to become a physical therapist

 

Name: Miles Coles

Parents: Deborah Coles

Lives in: Louisa

School/Community Involvement: 

  • Technology Student Association

  • Speech and Debate

  • Student Organization for Developing Attitudes

Future plans and goals: 

  • He would like to go to college and maybe become a teacher

 

Name: Haden Freeman

Parents: Rachael and Clay Freeman

Lives in: Ferncliff

School/Community Involvement: 

  • Football 

  • Leadership

Future plans and goals: 

  • He would like to attend trade school and join the workforce

 

Name: Nathan Gramling

Parents: Lynne and Bill Gramling

Lives in: Mineral

School/Community Involvement: 

  • Football

  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes

  • Involved in Edgewood Christian Church and volunteers throughout the community

Future plans and goals: 

  • He plans on going to a four year college

 

Name: Ava Huddle

Parents: Ryan Sampson

Lives in: Kents Store

School/Community Involvement: 

  • Handed out food at the elementary schools during the pandemic

Future plans and goals:

  • She would like to go to college and become an actress

 

Name: TaQuan Jasper

Parents: Tamela Grooms, Junie Jasper, and Jonathan Grooms

Lives in: Zions Crossroads

School/Community Involvement: 

  • Our Brother’s Keepers

Future plans and goals: 

  • He would like to attend college

 

Name: Christian Lam

Parents: Stacy Rivera

Lives in: Zions Crossroads

School/Community Involvement: 

  • Baseball

Future plans and goals: 

  • He would like to attend college and become a male nurse

 

Name: Alexandra (Lexi) Molineaux

Parents: Jesse Jones and Dave Molineaux

Lives in: Ferncliff

School/Community Involvement: 

  • LCHS Marching Lions

  • Woodwind Captain

  • TriM

  • National Honor Society

  • Community service through TriM and Pep bands

Future plans and goals: 

  • She would like to attend JMU and study music

 

Name: Bethany Racette

Parents: Dana and Marc Racette

Lives in: Louisa

School/Community Involvement: 

  • Student Organization for Developing Attitudes

  • Gay and Allied Youth of Louisa

  • Speech and Debate

  • Volunteers at the Arts Center

  • Volunteers at the Louisa Fireman’s Fair

Future plans and goals: 

  • She would like to become a teacher

 

Name: Skylar Romano

Parents: Shana and Jason Romano

Lives in: Gordonsville

School/Community Involvement:

  • National Honor Society

  • National Art Honor Society

  • Soccer

Future Plans and goals:

  • She plans to go to college and major in business and further her cosmetology career 

 

Name: Brynn Straley

Parents: Kate and Doug Straley

Lives in: Louisa

School/Community Involvement: 

  • Speech and Debate

  • Swim and Dive

  • Junior coach for the swim team

Future plans and goals: 

  • She would like to go to Virginia Tech for creative technologies

 

Name: Ryan Toney

Parents: Tripp and Shaina Toney

Lives in: Gum Spring

School/Community Involvement: 

  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes

  • Baseball

  • Picking up trash after football games with the baseball team

  • Volunteers at the soup kitchen

Future plans and goals: 

  • He would like to attend a four year university such as Harvard or Yale

 

 

Name: Isabella (Izzy) Ward

Parents: Laurie and Donald Ward

Lives in: Louisa

School/Community Involvement: 

  • Varsity competition and sideline cheer

  • Student Organization for Developing Attitudes

  • Kick-Off Mentor

  • Yearbook

  • INTERACT club which is a community service organization

Future plans and goals: 

  • She plans to study marketing at VCU

 

 

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