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HOMECOMING

September 17, 2022

The Granbury Pirates had a huge victory over Cleburne Yellowjackets 29-26 at the homecoming game played on Friday, September 16.  The win puts the Granbury Pirates 4-0.

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Photo Courtesy Karisa Glenn

At halftime, GHS Student Council honored the 2022 Homecoming Royalty, beginning with the Coming Home King Gary Best and Coming Home Queen Jo Ruth Durant Sandel, both from GHS Class of 1972.

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Photo Courtesy David Winkleman

The Homecoming Queen nominees were Amy Hernandez, Katie Lou Funk, Annie Hartman, Katie Wood and Oliva Barone. 

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Photo Courtesy Emmie Vaughn

Annie Hartman was crowned Homecoming Queen.

Diego Gamez was named Homecoming King at the GHS pep rally held earlier in the day.

Pirate Stadium experienced unfortunate audio system difficulties throughout the entire evening.  Working together to provide a back-up system, GHS student council along with help from GHS cheer sponsors provided a memorable halftime presentation. Granbury ISD thanks Pirate fans for remaining patient during the audio difficulties and providing enough sound from the stands to see the team to victory.

More photographs of the homecoming week festivities are viewable at the Homecoming Slideshow.

The halftime script including Homecoming Court bios is included below.

Jo Ruth moved to Granbury from Fort Worth in the summer of 1967 and started 8th grade at GISD, where she graduated from GHS in 1972. She has remained in Hood County, giving back to her hometown as a businesswoman and philanthropist for the following 50 years.

During her school years, she was very active in school and community events, particularly anything that could include her beloved horses. She reigned as Hood County Sheriff's Posse Sweetheart from 1970-71.
 
Jo Ruth was employed at First National Bank for over 20 years, from 1977 - 1998. She held several positions over those years, but all of her customers loved her, and she made many friendships in the community while at FNB. In addition to her work at the bank, she and her husband, the late Don Neuville, owned the oldest and longest operating title company in Hood County, Porter Abstract Company.
 
Upon his death, she left FNB to take the helm at Porter's, where she remains today. During her tenure at Porter's, she has remained active in civic endeavors, often working behind the scenes on committees and boards to achieve community and economic goals. Her service includes 6 years on the Upper Trinity Ground Water District board; 3 years Granbury Chamber of Commerce board; and 10 years as Secretary of the Hood County Builders Association, where she was a repeat recipient of Affiliate of the Year, the Above & Beyond award and Outstanding Associate. She is a member of the Granbury Association of Realtors.
 
Her love of horses transitioned with her into adulthood. She served on the Cross Timbers Paint Horse Club for 25 years. She raised and showed Paint Horses, rode for pleasure and on trail rides, and wanted to pass her passion on to the youth of Hood County. In 1990 she was instrumental in bringing equine projects back to the Hood County 4-H program.
 
Jo Ruth loves to travel, especially trips with friends that share similar interests. She and her granddaughter have hauled their living quarters and horses to ride in the mountains of 10 states and Canada.
 
This professional woman, mother of two and grandmother of one, friend to many, civic leader, and lifetime Granbury Pirate was an easy choice by the GHS Class of 1972 to represent them as 2022 Coming Home Queen.
 
Gary Best attended twelve years of school in GISD. He was active in sports, band, and agriculture activities.  Following graduation from GHS in 1972, he attended and graduated from Tarleton State University with a degree in Ag Education. During his years at TSU, he was active on campus as the Tarleton mascot (Tarleton Texan) and one of the last that was allowed to ride their horse on the football field following touchdowns. He was a member of the service organization APO and the Tarleton Spirit Organization, the Purple Poo. He met his wife, Kathy Holmes Best while attending Tarleton State.
 
After graduation, in 1977, Gary began his teaching career at Weatherford High School as their horticulture teacher while living on and managing the high school farm. But it didn't take Gary long to make it back to his roots. In 1979 he moved to Granbury and began a 29-year career with Granbury ISD, where he was a much loved and respected teacher. Gary held many positions with GISD, including production ag, horticulture, small engine mechanics, teaching special needs students, and others. Gary was always active in whichever school he was teaching, involved with student government, and was a faculty sponsor and bus driver for many years with the high school student council. Gary drove a school bus for most of his career and also drove for special trips for organizations within GISD.
 
Gary is an active member and deacon at First Baptist Church in Granbury. He and his wife Kathy have 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren.
Not only is Gary a fine product of the Granbury school system, but he dedicated his entire career to helping guide multiple generations of young men and women through GISD and into successful lives and careers. The GHS Class of 1972 proudly presents Gary as the 2022 Coming Home King.
 
Amy Hernandez is the daughter of Ramiro and Mercedes Hernandez. She is a member of AVID, National Honor Society, Interact, Student Leadership Council, Workforce Industry Training, and the UIL accounting team. She serves as President of the Junior Optimist Club, the Student United Way of Hood County, and Senior class president. She is also co-president of DECA and the assistant manager of the Anchor school store. Amy plans to attend the University of Texas and major in Accounting with a minor in political science. She is escorted tonight by her father, Ramiro Hernandez.
 
Katie Lou Funk is the daughter of Doug and Suzie Funk. Katie Lou participates in UIL accounting and theater, where she has won awards. She is also a member of the Thespian Society and the Spanish Honor Society. She also volunteers her time as a children's church leader at her church. Katie Lou plane to attend Texas Tech University and major in accounting with a minor in economics. She is escorted tonight by her father, Doug Funk.
 
Annie Hartman is the daughter of Jim and Tracy Hartman. Her activities include shopping and finding things to do outside her comfort zone. She was awarded the Fighting Heart award in volleyball. She is a member of AVID and works with them to clean up highway trash, and she assists with suicide prevention week. Annies' future plans are to own her own business or go into the field of forensics. She is escorted tonight by her father, Jim Hartman.
 
Katie Wood is the daughter of Albin and Teresa Wood. Her activities include being an assistant coach for youth sports, a section leader for the band, and a member of the National Honor Society. She also participates in basketball and Read Go Pirates. Her future plans are to attend Tarleton State University. Katie is escorted tonight by her father, Albin Wood.
 
Olivia Barone is the daughter of Dayton Barone and Jennifer Poffenberger. She is a member of the band, WIT, and Junior Optimist Club. She is an A - honor roll student and participates in community parades. Olivia plans to attend the University of Texas, major in biology, and someday become an anesthesiologist.