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Officials at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) announced that James and Beverly Grover of Miami will serve as Grand Marshals for this year’s homecoming parade. The Grovers will lead the parade at 10 a.m. on Oct. 5 along the parade route around the NEO campus.  The Grovers are NEO alumni and have dedicated a lifetime of service to the college. Three out of their four children have also worked at NEO. Jim and Beverly have been basketball boosters and athletic supporters for 20 years, both with their time and financial support. This year will be Jim’s 48th year volunteering with the community-wide high school basketball tournament. “James and Beverly Grover have been a mainstay on the NEO campus for years, so it seemed only fitting to select them as this year’s Grand Marshals to lead the homecoming parade.” said Jennifer Hessee, Executive Director of the NEO A&M College Development Foundation. “The Grovers bleed blue and gold and have devoted countless hours supporting the Golden Norse basketball program.”

James is a computer-science instructor and is the longest standing instructor for NEO, while Beverly serves on multiple committees for the college. The couple recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on August 9. James and Beverly have four children, including Jamee and Tim Combs of Inola, Okla., Dr. Kenda Grover of Fayetteville, Ark., Darin and Courtney Grover of Durant, Okla. and Dustin and Elsie Grover of Miami. The couple has seven grandchildren including: Ryan, Derek, Carter Combs; Sydney and Case Grover; Isaiah and Gia Grover.

The annual parade is just one of many events planned as part of NEO’s homecoming festivities. The weeklong activities kick-off Monday, Sept. 30 and culminate with the Golden Norse football match up against Trinity Valley Community College at 2 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 5.  This year’s homecoming theme is “Fear the Norseman.” This year’s homecoming parade is sponsored by Miami Auto Supercenter.

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