All Roads Led Home For Pearl River Homecoming Celebration 2021 – Picayune Item

By Laura O’Neill

Item of Picayune

POPLARVILLE, Mississippi – The Pearl River Community College Wildcats have come from near and far to celebrate Homecoming 2021. The evening’s festivities began with the Homecoming Parade and ended with fireworks after a game of amazing football.

Mississippi Secretary of State Michael Watson served as Grand Marshal of the reunion parade and honorary captain of the raffle. He was accompanied by his three daughters, Gracie Pierce, Annie and Cora Beth. Cheerleaders, The Spirit of the River Marching Band, String of Pearls and Color Guard processed before being followed by Homecoming Court on PRCC golf carts.

Prior to the Homecoming Court presentation, queue areas were available for alumni and current students. Thanks to a generous donation from Highland Hospital, Kona Ice was on hand for a pre-game delight.

The student government association managed the student queue area on the east side with games, makeup items, a sign making station, and drinks and snacks.

The Mississippi Secretary of State’s office was set up just inside the gate to help participants verify their voter registration status.

The Wildcat Way Show also kicked off a very special edition of College GameDay on the video panel with the president, Dr. Adam Breerwood, as guest coach.


Before kick-off, the Homecoming Court was presented.

The 2021 Reunion Queen is Picayune resident Aliciana Carter.

Carter is the daughter of Leslie Ellis Smith, Jonathan Smith and Alvin Carter. Carter was a graduate of Picayune Memorial High School, where she was part of the Show Choir, Pride of the Tide, as well as the Lady Tide softball and volleyball teams. She is currently enrolled in the Medical Laboratory Technology program and a member of the String of Pearls dance team. After PRCC, Carter plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences.

This year’s freshman girls are Alexis Johnston of Richton, Jazzalyn Arianna Gelinas of Bay St. Louis, McKenzie Hanson of Hurley and Kellie Hunt of Picayune.

Johnston is the daughter of Kristen and Charles Cochran. She graduated from First Assembly Christian Academy, during which time she played volleyball and softball in an after-school league. She plans to complete her associate degree in nursing with a desire to work in a hospital with NICU babies.

The sophomore girls for 2021 are Leah Brienne Penton from Carriere, Destiney Cangelosi from Slidell, Louisiana, Lexi Barnett from Poplarville and Priscilla Bolian from Diamondhead.

Penton is the daughter of Amy Dossett, Kyle Dossett, Terry James Penton and Brittney Penton. She graduated from Pearl River Central High School, where she was on the college softball and cheer teams, the dance team, the Beta Club, and the National Honor Society. She is part of the dental assisting program and plans to apply for dental hygiene instead. She is a member of the String of Pearls dance team and the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. After graduation, she wants to work as a licensed dental hygienist.

Cangelosi is the daughter of Chantelle Congelosi and Kris Stravinsky. She graduated from Slidell High School where she was on the volleyball team. She is enrolled in the nursing program and plans to attend LSU to enter the field of anesthesiology.

Barnett is the daughter of Stefanie and Duane Smith. A graduate of Pearl River Central High School, she was a member of the Beta Club and the National Honor Society. At the PRCC, she studied psychology while being a member of the Baptist Student Union, the Honors Institute, an officer of Phi Theta Kappa and a second year representative of the Student Government Association.

Bolian is the daughter of Alissa and Carl Bolian. She was homeschooled during which she was a competitive dancer for a decade, model and assistant dance teacher. Bolian is part of the dental hygiene program and is a member of the Baptist Student Association, Phi Theta Kappa and the String of Pearls dance team. She plans to become a dental hygienist after graduation.


The Homecoming football game did not disappoint Wildcat fans. The fact that the team came in with fireworks for Homecoming set a festive tone. But some fans still found their place at kickoff, with no idea how the next few minutes would play out.

In what seemed like seconds, Tony Brown (Hurley; East Central) set the theme for the game with a 56-yard rush to get the first touchdown of the night. As Holmes quickly blocked, the Wildcats took control of the game with several more long runs resulting in touchdowns, ultimately winning 55-7.

The halftime show featured The Spirit of the River Marching Band, String of Pearls and Color Guard.

Wildcat fans then enjoyed a fabulous fireworks show sponsored by the Highland Hospital.

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