Homecoming 2013 begins Monday
While Washington High School is holding onto many of its traditions for Homecoming Week this year, there will also be many new changes. The biggest change, principal Erik Buchholz said, is the annual parade will start from the new high school.
The parade is scheduled to begin at 2:40 p.m. Oct. 4. Entries will line up on Sitler Drive beginning at 2 p.m. The lineup will extend toward Elm Grove Cemetery. The parade will proceed north on South Avenue B about three blocks, turning east at West Tyler, then turning onto South Iowa Avenue. The parade will march north on South Iowa and take a lap around the square before stopping at Central Park.
“If people are interested in watching the parade along the route instead of on the square, my suggestion would be they come here to the high school and sit in front of the high school or in front of Hamakua Place,” Buchholz said.
With about a quarter mile added to the route, Buchholz said the parade will be longer. He said the parade would take about an hour from the beginning to the start of the pep rally in Central Park.
Again this year, the week leading up to Homecoming will have themed days. The themes will be different at the middle school and the high school. Monday will be Superhero/Fairy Tale Day at the middle school and Duck Dynasty Day at the high school. Tuesday will be Pajama Day at the middle school and Decade Day at the high school. Wednesday will be Crazy Color Day at the middle school and Celebrity Day at the high school. Thursday is Western Day at the middle school and Superhero/Fairy Tale Day at the high school. Friday is Spirit Day at both schools. No masks or glasses will be allowed that cover the face. The costumes must follow the student dress code.
The homecoming court will be presented to the students during seminar on Tuesday. The court will visit the UP Home on Wednesday. Voting will be during lunch Thursday. The queen candidates are: Demitra Giardino, daughter of Yota and Greg Giardino; Mary Kate Horak, daughter of Lynn and Paul Horak; Chayse Jaspering, daughter of Lori and Dean Jaspering; Marisa Powers, daughter of Lauren and David Powers; and Mallory Van Winkle, daughter of Linda and Duane Van Winkle. Candidates for king are: Fletcher Green, son of Pam and Steve Green; Jacob Green, son of Pam and Steve Green; Mason Quigley, son of Christal and Jay Quigley; Carl Sivels, son of Shannen Frakes and Joseph Frakes; and Jiovanni Tapia, son of Rosa and Martin Tapia.
At 1:10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, high school students will be released to the varsity gym for a pep assembly. At 1:55 p.m. students will be released for the day. Coronation of the king and queen will be from 2 to 2:30 p.m. in the auxiliary gym. The parade will be at 2:40 p.m., ending at Central Park, where there will be a pep rally from 3:45 to 4:15 p.m. The homecoming game against the Williamsburg Raiders begins at 5 p.m. with the freshman game at Case Field. The varsity game starts at 7:30 p.m. Homecoming festivities will be between games.
“This will be our toughest competition for football until we get into the playoffs,” Buchholz said. “Williamsburg is an exceptionally good team. It is going to be a tough competition for us. With Homecoming, hopefully, our kids will be twice as pepped up and we can take it to them.”
For the third time in as many years, the school district will warm up for Homecoming by having a parade in Brighton beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday. The parade will be held along Washington Street in Brighton.
“It started with a conversation Dr. (Washington Schools Superintendent Mike) Jorgensen and I had about trying to build better relations with Brighton,” Buchholz said. “We decided, because there are a lot of people there who can’t make it down for the parade on Friday, that we would try to throw together a parade by taking the band, the cheerleaders and the king and queen court down there.”
New this year will be a parade marshal. Buchholz said that outgoing school board member Sheryl Lewis is this year’s marshal. She and Jorgensen will ride in a convertible in the parade.