Bonfire is lit, literally

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Bonfire is lit, literally

Sarah Nguyen, Journalist

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Introduced before the bonfire by Principal Chris Carter, homecoming queen Gracie Watkins prepares to cut the traditional cake.


The wood is ready, and Parker Ribble and Bradon McWilliams light it up.


Mr. Sanders offers advice on how to get the fire going to Brooks Lynch, Bradon McWilliams, and Parker Ribble.


Trumpeters Sullivan Stockwell and Alyson White join the band in playing the fight song, “Treasures,” and “The Horse.”



As the cheerleaders dance around the fire, it grows tall.


Cheeleaders and MHS dance team joined together and dance in front of the big fire among the large crowd.

The dance team and the spectators join the cheerleaders in chants around the fire.

Every year, there’s a bonfire the day before the big homecoming game. Cake and hot dogs are served at 6 p.m. at the stadium before everyone walks east of the stadium for the bonfire, which is at the guest parking lot. This year the cake was cut by homecoming queen Gracie Watkins.  The tradition serves to warm up the Panthers before the big game the next day. The band played great music to the crowd, and the fire warmed the hearts of the Panthers before they prepared themselves to go against Watson Chapel. When asked her impressions of the bonfire, Rylee Barnett said, “It was a great experience to go through with my friends.”

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