2014-09-25 / Front Page

It’s the bee’s knees

SWARTZ CREEK – This year’s Homecoming parade will have a Jazz Age flair with class floats designed around the theme “The Great Gatsby.”

About 300 people typically participate in the parade.

This year’s route will be the same as last year, with parade units mustering at the Middle School at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25.

The parade begins at 5 p.m., leaving from the front of the school and proceeding east on Crapo Street, north on Morrish Road, west on Miller Road and south on Fairchild Street back to the Middle School.

The parade will include bands, athletes, Homecoming queen hopefuls, school groups, service groups, churches, businesses, political candidates and, of course, the class floats.

Teachers Aaron Geister and Jaimee Gillon will serve as grand marshals.

Gillon, who has worked at Swartz Creek High School for five years, teaches French and serves as the teacher/ leader for the Power of 100 (anti-bullying initiative), the French Club and the newly-formed Knitting Club.

“The best part about teaching is the opportunity to interact with kind, smart, curious, funny adolescents on a daily basis,” said Gillon. “My amazing students make sure that each day is filled with interesting questions, engaging discussions and laughter. I feel honored to teach them.”

Gillon attended Almont High School and graduated from Michigan State University with bachelor’s degrees in French and English education, and a master’s degree in education.

“I am a very proud Spartan!,” said Gillon.

She and her husband, Vincent, lives in Williamston.

Geister teaches 9th and 10th grade world history and U.S. history and serves as the public address announcer for the varsity football games. He previously announced varsity basketball games, as well.

He said he enjoys working with kids.

“It’s very gratifying when you know they understand a concept, or when we have had a lively class discussion,” he said.

Geister graduated from Clio High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting and journalism from Central Michigan University, a teaching certificate from Saginaw Valley State University and a master’s degree from Marygrove College. He has spent his entire 12 ½-year career in Swartz Creek.

Geister and his wife, Alison, lives in Flushing with their 7-year-old twin sons, Joshua and Ryan.

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