Police, firefighters and medics entered to cheers from the nearly 5,000 high school students in the district. Following the pledge of allegiance, a moment of silence was observed to remember those lost in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer was also on hand to talk to the students. He began by giving thanks to the first responders in attendance.
“It’s a great feeling to know you guys are protecting us on and off the racetrack,” Bowyer said.
He went on to talk about his time in high school and pursuing his dream of becoming a NASCAR driver.
During the question-and-answer portion of the event, one female Northwest High School student asked him, “Will you go to homecoming with me?”
“Is that allowed?” Bowyer responded, drawing laughs from the crowd.
The event ended with a little friendly competition between the three high schools in attendance – Northwest, Byron Nelson and James M. Steele Accelerated. In one activity, students from each school pushed a NASCAR with their principal behind the wheel down the track.