Last Friday, Harker Heights High School had its first Back to School Bash.
The rally, sponsored by the Rotary Club, also introduced head football coach Jerry Edwards and his family.
“We are excited to be here,” Edwards said. “It’s a great turnout at the pep rally. I think the community is really getting behind us. The kids are doing a tremendous job this first and second week of practice. ... My family and I are excited and are looking forward to our future here in Harker Heights.”
Dondra Williams, mother of varsity football player Brandon Cook, shared the enthusiasm. “I think it’s important for parents and the community to come together to support the kids and be a model to them,” she said. “By coming together and working as a family, we show we care about them.”
Harker Heights Crimson Belles dancers Wilson Everett and Bailey Champlin, along with track and volleyball athlete Racquelle Requenez, walked past hundreds of spectators in the stands to meet Wilson’s parents, Lisa and Brian Everett.
“Our daughter Wilson was dancing tonight. We’re real proud of her,” Lisa Everett said. “(Wilson has) been dancing since she was 5. ... She’s in the 11th grade and plans to graduate early. Wherever she goes, she plans to continue with dancing.”
At 7 p.m. today, the Harker Heights Knights will play their first game under Edwards at Fort Hood Stadium.
“Playing against Stoney Point will be a good test for us,” Edwards said. “The game will be a good, early, non-district game, and I look forward to getting things going.”