1940 Home Coming Queen Re-crowned
“A dream come true, I didn’t know so many people cared about me,” commented Dottie Rath. “Jocelyn and Kendall were so sweet.” Dottie is talking about how she felt as she was presented at the Reynoldsburg High School Homecoming football game. Jocelyn and Kendall are two senior cheerleaders and servers in our Bishop Place dining room. They have built a special relationship with Dottie, as well as other residents. When the girls heard that Dottie had been the very first Reynoldsburg High School Homecoming Queen, back in 1940, well, they just had to do something. That something turned into a “fairy tale night” for Dottie and her entire family. On their own, the girls made complete arrangements for Dottie and her family to attend the pregame ceremony at the football stadium. They coordinated everything with Dottie’s family. The girls wrapped her in a purple and gold afghan and a Raider scarf. When Dottie arrived at the stadium the girls presented her with a sparkling tiara, bouquet of flowers and a corsage. Then they took her to the field where she was introduced and the crowd chanted, “Dottie, Dottie, Dottie”. Even after 73 years, Dottie still knew how to do the “queen wave”. After the ceremony, many people, including the superintendent of Reynoldsburg schools, shook her hand and wished her well. An exhausted, but excited Dottie returned safe and sound to a pizza party in her apartment. She is still talking about her “Homecoming Night” and how special Jocelyn and Kendall are.