Emmetsburg E-Hawks and their fans are gearing up for the 2011 Homecoming celebration. Five days of fun are planned for Spirit Week, Oct. 3-7, helping to boost school spirit for the Homecoming football game against the Sibley-Ocheyedan Generals on Friday, Oct. 7.
Spirit Week begins on Monday, Oct. 3, at Emmetsburg High School with the first dress-up day of the week, "Fashion Disaster Day." Mr. Kennedy and his art students will be decorating storefront windows throughout the Emmetsburg business district. On Tuesday, Oct. 4, the dress-up theme is "Stoplight Day."
On Tuesday, high school students will spend time decorating class floats and the high school grounds in anticipation of the coronation of the Homecoming King and Queen that evening. Coronation ceremonies begin at 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium with Paige Naig serving as mistress of ceremonies. The E-Hawk Band and cheerleaders will open the ceremony with the school song and cheer followed by the Emmetsburg High School Concert Band, under the direction of Aaron Phillips, performing "Wind Beneath My Wings."
Emmetsburg High School Homecoming candidates will participate in Homecoming coronation ceremonies in the Emmetsburg High School auditorium on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m. Pictured (from left) are seniors Taylor Bruns, Katie Kassel, Brady Berkland, Ryan Kliegl, Jacob Carlson, Arik Kerr, Kaitlyn Degen, and Alyson Berven. --Lori Hall photo
Eight seniors --four young ladies and four young gentlemen--have been nominated for Homecoming Queen and King. Queen candidates are: Alyson Berven, daughter of David and Lecia Berven; Taylor Bruns, daughter of Nathan and Teresa Andersen; Kaitlyn Degen, daughter of Pat Degen and Brenda Degen; and Katie Kassel, daughter of David and Cindy Kassel. King candidates include: Brady Berkland, son of Roger Berkland and Cathy Berkland; Jacob Carlson, son of Mike and Tracey Carlson; Arik Kerr, son of Tim and Kim Kerr; and Ryan Kliegl, son of Bob and Rhonda Kliegl.
The candidates will be joined on stage by the 2011 Homecoming Court. Junior attendants are Jacque Carlson, daughter of Mike and Tracey Carlson, and Nicholas Schany, son of Shawn and Liz Schany; Sophomore attendants are Jenna Wolfe, daughter of Jesse and Janice Wolfe, and Brandon Elbert, son of Rick and Julie Elbert; and Freshmen attendants are Alexa Naig, daughter of Jeff and Tammy Naig, and Luke Jackson, son of Brian and Mary Ellen Jackson. Flower bearer is Nadia Berkland, daughter of Roger Berkland and Cathy Berkland. Crown bearer is Brady Andersen, son of Nathan and Teresa Andersen.
Speaker for the evening will be Tammy Naig. The 2010 Homecoming Queen and King, Chelsey Rouse and Cory Schultes, will crown this year's royalty, and the Concert Choir will sing "100 Years." The mistress of ceremonies will offer closing comments and the Concert Band will again play "Wind Beneath My Wings" as the 2011 Homecoming Court leaves the auditorium.
Spirit Week continues on Wednesday, Oct. 5, with "Homeroom T-Shirt Day." Homeroom Olympics will be played at the high school. "Grade Color Day" (black for Seniors, white for Juniors, blue for Sophomores, and gray for Freshmen) is on Thursday, Oct. 6.
"Black and Gold E-Hawk Spirit Day" is celebrated on Friday, Oct. 7. Students throughout the school district will dismiss classes one hour early to participate in or attend the Homecoming parade.
The parade begins at 2:45 p.m. at Soper Park and ends with a community pep rally on Tenth Street, north of Courthouse Square.
A community Tailgate Party, sponsored by local Chamber of Commerce-member businesses will be held from 2:45 to 4 p.m. along the parade route (see story below). The Homecoming football game will get underway at 7 p.m. at Duane Twait Field on Friday night, bringing Homecoming Week to a close.