Yukon students make strong showing on Czech Day

YPS board members praise district’s presence at annual festival

Members of the Yukon pom pon squad wave to the crowd lining both sides of Main Street during the Oct. 1st Oklahoma Czech Festival parade in Yukon. Several groups and athletic teams from Yukon Public Schools participated in annual Czech Day festivities. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

Yukon’s elected school leaders bragged on the district’s students for their strong presence at the city’s huge Czech Day celebration.

Various clubs and athletic teams from Yukon Public Schools attended the 56th Annual Oklahoma Czech Festival on Saturday, Oct. 1 in downtown Yukon.


With many donning their school colors, Yukon students participated in the Main Street parade, carnival, vendor booths, and other activities on the festival grounds.

“It was just so neat to see all the kids, and they were so excited,” YPS Post 1 Board Member Suzanne Cannon said. “All over town, I was seeing people wearing Yukon Miller shirts.

“This is such a wonderful holiday that we have here.”

Members of Yukon High School marching band led off the popular Czech Day parade along Main Street.

“It was wonderful,” Cannon said. “We’ve got some great kids doing great things.”

Among more than 110 parade entries, the YHS Student Council earned the first-place prize in the youth division as members literally “rocked” their trailer float.

Yukon student Hannah Thomason, 16, was crowned the new Oklahoma Czech-Slovak junior queen. (Read more about Hannah’s accomplishments in an upcoming edition).

Yukon student Aspen Hein (front right) joins Mustang’s London Lippencott as they dance to the music of the Bohemian Knights Band “under the big tent” outside the Czech Building, 5th and Cedar. Aspen was last year’s Oklahoma-Czech Slovak junior queen. London was crowned Oct. 1 as the new Oklahoma Czech-Slovak princess. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)


YPS Post 5 Board Member Cody Sanders was well pleased with the school district’s commitment to this huge community event.

“It is important to me that the community is involved in the schools,” Sanders said. “But it is just as important that the schools are involved in the community.

“I think we do a great job with that, so it meant a lot to see all the participation out there from all the different groups.”

Many members of Oklahoma Czechs, Inc. are current YPS students or graduates.

Among them is Aspen Hein, last year’s Oklahoma Czech-Slovak junior queen. Aspen’s father is Scott Hein, principal at Shedeck Elementary School.