Friday afternoon parade part of homecoming highlights
It's likely that one Tonganoxie High School student will look just like another today at THS.
As part of Tonganoxie's Homecoming week, which kicked off Monday, today's theme is Twin Day. Students are encouraged to dress like another student. Thursday will be Backwards Day and Friday will be the traditional Red-White Day.
- Friday's parade gets started at 2 p.m. and will wind through downtown Tonganoxie.
- At Fourth and Bury, the parade will stop for a few minutes for a pep rally.
- The homecoming king and queen will be crowned at 6:30 p.m., and the THS Chieftains will kick off at 7 p.m. Friday against Santa Fe Trail.
Monday was Hat Day, while Tuesday marked a new day at THS -- Stoplight Day.
Students wore red, yellow or green to school Tuesday. Wearing red signified that students either were going with a date to the homecoming dance, or not attending the dance. Yellow-clad students didn't have a date yet, but were cautious about pursuing a date and keeping their options open. And, of course, green-clad students definitely were looking for a date to the homecoming dance.
THS principal Tatia Shelton said she hadn't heard of Stoplight Day before this week.
"I thought it was kind of cute and clever," Shelton said. "Anything that I'm not going to have to worry about dress code violations -- like pajama day."
Friday will be the most activity-packed day of homecoming week.
A parade will start near the high school at 2 p.m. and make its way south along Main Street and then west through downtown on Fourth Street. There will be a short assembly downtown before the parade will continue west on Fourth Street toward the elementary school. The theme for this year's parade is "Impale the Trail." THS will take on Santa Fe Trail on Friday night.
Queen candidates for the Homecoming Coronation Ceremony are: Tori King, Amber DeGraeve, Staci Andrews, Paula Prosser, Rachel Bouza, Justyne McCoy and Tammy Walters.
King candidates are Garrett Kelly, Aaron Adcox, Zack Pistora, Kent Fleming, Matt Drake, Brandon Willis and Jeff DeMaranville.
A king and queen will be crowned before Friday's football game at Beatty Field. The coronation will be at 6:30 p.m., with the game to follow at 7 p.m.
Last year, Tonganoxie defeated Santa Fe Trail, 42-8, near Carbondale. THS also won its homecoming game last season with a 55-14 win against Basehor-Linwood.
The week will conclude with a dance from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday in the junior high school cafeteria. The theme for this year's dance is "Vive Las Vegas."