ZEPHYRHILLS — Zephyrhills High School held its homecoming parade in the downtown area Thursday while also honoring a hometown hero.
Tyler “TJ” Jeffries, an Army veteran who was wounded in Afghanistan last year, was honored during the parade. Jeffries, a 2007 Zephyrhills High graduate and former baseball player, lost part of his left leg above the knee and part of his right leg below the knee when he stepped on an improvised explosive device during an explosive-clearing mission.
Jeffries is on his first visit home after spending most of last year at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.
Homecoming festivities began Monday at ZHS with Spirit Days, allowing students to dress in a different theme each day. Class floats in the parade were built with the theme “Cities Around The World.”
The 2013 Homecoming Court was also featured in the parade. This year’s court was reigning Homecoming Queen Ashley Gleaton; Freshman Maiden and Page, Lyndra Davis and Austin Putz; Sophomore Maiden and Page, Alexandra Harwell and Josh Fiallo; Junior Princess and Prince Candidates, Tanisha Medina and Dylan Kinsman, Cassandra Phelps and Jacques Meza, Darci Chaffin and Cody Phelps, and Kelsey Bishop and Noah Davis; and Senior Queen and King Candidates, Emily Burgess and Christopher Dungan, Damari Sanchez and Malik Mutcherson, Lindsay Grey and Daniel Gleaton, and Audrey Hall and Aaraon Kinney.