Harrison County

Here’s what it’s like as a high school senior during homecoming week

Chermille Joseph waits for the Pass Christian High School Homecoming Court presentation to begin.
Chermille Joseph waits for the Pass Christian High School Homecoming Court presentation to begin. Special to the Sun Herald

A lifelong resident of the Pass, Chermille Joseph was a member of the 2016 Pass High Homecoming Court. She was hoping that the student body would elect her as homecoming queen, a position her sister held a few years prior.

Monday at Pass High was “matching Monday,” meaning students tried to match their clothes with their friends.

“I forgot today was matching day,” Chermille said in an interview with the Sun Herald.

But she said she was excited it was homecoming week.

“This is like my favorite time,” she said. “But I’m kind of excited because it’s my last homecoming here because I’m a senior.”

Chermille was one of five students competing for the coveted homecoming queen crown.

“We’re all friends,” she said. “We are all supportive of each other.”

She said she also bought her dress for the court and Saturday’s dance ahead of time so that she wouldn’t have to do it at the last minute.


Ana Gutierrez, Macey Ainsworth, and Chermille Joseph for Tourist Tuesday.

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On Wednesday, the school held a pep rally at War Memorial Park.

It kicked off with a parade down Second Street. The parade featured a few floats, the school’s marching band and members of the homecoming court riding in borrowed convertibles.

Chermille, who is also a Pass High cheerleader, rode in the parade, waving politely at her friends and throwing candy to the spectators.

The pep rally filled into the oak-covered park. Former homecoming queens were escorted through the park, as were members of the 2016 court.

In two days, Chermille would know whether or not she be would be crowned queen.


Jonah Henderson, Jenna Dixon, Chermille Joseph and Jadyn Cuevas for Tie Dye Thursday at Pass High.

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Gray skies hung over the football field at Pass High, bringing with them a chance for rain.

The marching band was on the field playing Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” repeatedly as the homecoming court prepared to be announced.

Chermille was escorted by her father, Oscar Joseph.

When asked if she was nervous, Chermille politely replied, “Not really — I’m just ready for this to be over with.”

Her father was beaming with pride, in spite of the weather.

“I’m nervous for her,” he said. “We’ve been here before, but she’s my baby.”

Homecoming is a time when former students and alumni return to the school for a night of pageantry and football.


Last day of homecoming week! Spirit day at Pass High with Maliyah Bullard and Chermille Joseph!

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Allison Hennessy was the 2105 homecoming queen. She was back Friday to watch the festivities and crown the new queen.

Hennessey, who has Arnold-Chiari malformation and had brain surgery during her senior year, said she is staying busy at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.

“I’m enjoying my freshman year,” she said. “I still have good days and bad days with chiari, but I’m used to it.”

As the sky opened up and water fell swiftly, Pass High managed to get up 22-0 over West Lincoln before the rain stopped. The team would go on to win 57-12.

But Chermille was not crowned homecoming queen.


By Sunday, life had returned to normal in the Pass and for the students.

The gymnasiums had been cleaned from Saturday’s dance, and on Monday, the students would return to school and get ready for tests and midterms and the normal school activities.

Chermille was feeling the fatigue of a week of activities.

“I’m not disappointed that I didn't win queen — I’m fine with it,” she said. “I’m just kind of over homecoming.”

Chermille said she hopes to attend the University of Mississippi next year.

And will she be coming back to celebrate homecoming at Pass High?

“I think I would like to — maybe — we’ll see what happens,” she said.