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Homecoming thrills students throughout week

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From crazy costumes to game-time thrillers, Homecoming week was full of excitement.

Students kicked off the week with the What’s Up dress-up days. The days were thought up by Tribe and used to keep the students interested in the week.

Monday was Wake-Up, a day in which students were encouraged to wear their pajamas to school. Tuesday made waves with the theme Surfs-Up, where students channeled their inner beach and dressed up in Hawaiian clothes. Wednesday’s theme brought students back to their childhood as they were encouraged to bring Disney to life in the Walt’s-Up theme. Then students jumped even farther back with the Back-Up theme.

“Back-Up day was definitely my favorite dress up day,” sophomore Mallorie Reimer said. “I got to see a lot of old trends and I saw people express their take on it.”

On Friday, the school was preparing for the Homecoming game. The Pump-Up theme was used for the day as students could be seen wearing the red, white and blue of the school’s colors. On Friday night the game was themed Grow-Up, so students did their best college impressions.

“[Tribe] met a couple times in preparation for the week to discuss the theme,” senior Tribe member Olivia Belin said. “We knew we wanted certain days, like pajama day and Hawaiian day, so we just had to find a theme that include the days we wanted to.”

Homecoming week also brought an exciting pep rally during advisory period. It held a whole host of events, from PowderPuff cheer to the tug-of-war games.

PowderPuff had one of its most successful performances. The dance lasted eight minutes as senior boys danced around in their uniforms, putting on a dazzling performance for all the people in attendance.

“I thought it would be funny and cool to do with all my classmates,” senior Connor Lierz said. “[My favorite part was] when we did partner dancing, down the line. I feel like as a group we all did some cool things.”

The PowderPuff performance was not all fun and games. A lot of time was spent working on the dance and trying to get it perfect.

“We split the girls into two groups for choreography,” senior tribe member Juliana Schwartz said. “My group spent about four hours total choreographing, but we all put probably 15-20 hours total in rehearsals over the month of January.”

In the tug-of-war games, the sophomore boys faced off against the juniors and the freshmen boys took on the seniors. The underdogs came out on top in both of the games as the sophomores and freshmen both won. The girls had a similar outcome with the freshmen girls beating the seniors. However, the junior girls pulled out the victory on Wednesday. The classes faced off on Friday at halftime of the guys game. The freshmen took out the broom and swept the competition, winning the guys and girls tug-of-war events.

Before the game, seniors Jalin Harper and Ella Bahr were crowned as Homecoming King and Queen.

“I am so honored that the student body chose me,” Bahr said. “I’m just grateful for the opportunity to represent our school.”

The basketball game kept the excitement of the week going. The boys battled Hayden in a back-and-forth battle culminating in a two-point loss after the girls’ dominate win over Hayden.

With a successful Homecoming week in the books students have to go back to the normal routine of school. Departing from the crazy outfits and fun performances until the next Homecoming week rolls around the corner.

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Homecoming thrills students throughout week