2017-10-05 / News

Davison Homecoming grand marshals surprised, honored

BY TIMOTHY MUCCIANTE
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Homecoming Parade Grand Marshal Raina Palso. 
Photo courtesy of Davison Community Schools. Homecoming Parade Grand Marshal Raina Palso. Photo courtesy of Davison Community Schools. When Raina Palso, Cathy Goyette and Tom Goyette were asked how it felt to be 2017 Davison Homecoming parade grand marshals, all three used the same two words: “surprised” and “honored.”

The Davison Homecoming parade begins at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, at Cardinal Stadium. The parade route goes west on Clark Street to Main Street, then north to the library.

Palso is a history teacher at Davison High School, and this is her second time being a Homecoming parade grand marshal.

“It’s quite an honor,” Palso said when asked if she was excited to selected again.

In addition to her regular classes, Palso teaches Civil War history.

“It is an elective class that I have kept going in the time that I have been here,” she said. “It's a great class. It's for juniors and seniors. I love to teach all periods in history but the Civil War is my absolute favorite.”


Homecoming Parade Grand Marshals Tom and Cathy Goyette, with their three children, Meghan, Nick and Tommy. 
Photo courtesy of Cathy Goyette. Homecoming Parade Grand Marshals Tom and Cathy Goyette, with their three children, Meghan, Nick and Tommy. Photo courtesy of Cathy Goyette. Palso said that she “lives in the world but I'm from another time.” She uses a flip phone instead of a smart phone, “I have an old school flip phone and I leave it off for weeks. I never talk on the phone. I'm seriously a 19th-century, old-school person. I teach history. Surprise!”

Friday is a special day for the other two grand marshals, husband and wife Cathy and Tom Goyette. Besides being Homecoming, Friday is the three-year anniversary of Tom’s liver transplant.

A very special day anyway, but Cathy explained why Friday is an extra-special anniversary: “Three years ago on Friday, the day of the parade, my husband had a liver transplant and our daughter gave 60 percent of her liver to save her dad’s life.”

Tom said that due to the nature of his condition at the time, he was told a donor liver might not come available before he got much sicker.

“I have a huge family and so lots of different people went and got tested and people weren't a match,” he said. “Madeline took it upon herself to call the transplant coordinator to get tested, and I didn't even know about it. She was a perfect match.”

Madeline is currently a senior at Central Michigan University and is graduating in December.

Cathy thinks they were chosen as grand marshals due to their involvement in the community.

“We do a lot of volunteering for the school,” she said. “My husband has done a lot of volunteering and coaching sports. We work with Project Graduation and help with Senior Night. I have helped a lot of kids, sometimes when they need help with college applications or tutoring in math.”

The Goyettes are both lifelong Davison residents and have two other children. Tommy is a Davison High School senior and is on the Homecoming Court. Their son Nick graduated from Davison High School in 2016 and is now a sophomore at Michigan State University.

Both Cathy and Tom said they were surprised and honored to be selected as parade grand marshals.

“We are very honored, we are very, very honored,” Cathy said. “We love Davison.”

Tom added, “I'm very honored. I was very surprised to find out we were it. We're pretty active in the community but we're not high-profile people. We just kind of do things to help out.”

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