Early homecoming planned at THS
Festivities will be held before football opener; candidates selected
Tonganoxie High School graduates who just recently headed off for college can venture right back for annual homecoming festivities.
This year, homecoming will be held the week of the football season opener, which is Friday, Sept. 5 at Beatty Field in Tonganoxie.
Jessica Johnston, who is a student council sponsor along with Sherrie Evans, said Monday the earlier homecoming selection was a way to kick off the new school year.
"We really wanted to get our students excited early and get into the football season and be supportive of our school at all the football games and really show some spirit," she said.
With there being no school Monday because of Labor Day, Spirit Week actually will start Tuesday with Favorite Hollywood Celebrity Day. Wednesday, Sept. 3 has been designated Space Cowboy Day and Thursday, Sept. 4 is Teacher-Student Switch Day, when students will dress up like teachers and vice versa, "which should be interesting as well," Johnston said.
Spirit Week will conclude with the traditional Red-White Day on Friday, Sept. 5.
For festivities at the previous homecoming celebration, a bonfire was held. However, this year organizers are holding off on the activity, at least for homecoming. Johnston said planners are looking to do the bonfire before another home game.
A parade will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5 on Fourth Street in downtown Tonganoxie. The parade will stop at Fourth and Bury streets for performances and then introductions of various teams.
And, for the first time, a group of elementary school students will be marching in the parade to show they met academic excellence.
Homecoming coronation will be held before the 7 p.m. Tonganoxie High School football game against Prairie View at Beatty Field.
King candidates this year are Matt Brock, Jamison Bloomer, Boomer Carey, Ben Field, Travis Freeman, Austin Smith and Jace Waters. Queen candidates are Jenna Bloomer, Ashley Dent, Chrissie Jeannin, Megan Puhr, Leah McCaffrey, Lauren Himpel and Colby Bennett.
A homecoming dance, with the theme of "Ancient Egypt," will take place Saturday, Sept. 6 at the commons area in Tonganoxie High School's west campus building.