Emmetsburg Homecoming Week Activities Currently Underway
The Homecoming spirit is running rampant in Emmetsburg this week as the E’Hawks celebrate Homecoming 2009 with a week full of activities and events. From the annual Homeroom Olympics to the Coronation ceremonies on Thursday and the Homecoming Parade and tailgate downtown on Friday, Homecoming activities will bring out the black and gold in all E’Hawk fans.
Homecoming week spirit events began Monday with Celebrity Day, where students dressed as their favorite celebrity day. Tuesday is Super Hero Day, with the likes of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman taking to the hallways of Emmetsburg High School. Wednesday will be Career Day, with students dressing for their chosen career. Thursday will be Homeroom T-Shirt Day, in honor of the Homeroom Olympics, and Friday will be Black and Gold Day.
Along with the various spirit days, special events will fill the week at EHS as well. One of the highlights is the annual coronation of the 2009 Homecoming King and Queen. which is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the new performing arts auditorium at the high school. Candidates for Homecoming Queen this year include Emily Lowman, the daughter of Terry and Carolyn Lowman; Blake Schany, the daughter of Gary and Kari Schany; Amanda Pugh, the daughter of Matt and JoAnn Pugh and Jordan Morris, the daughter of Toby and Darcy Morris. King candidates are Kyle Elbert, the son of Rick and Julie Elbert; Justin Kibbie, the son of Pat and Deb Kibbie; John Ruddy, the son of Doug and Colleen Ruddy and Jacob Morris, the son of Toby and Darcy Morris.
Also selected as members of the 2009 Homecoming court are Freshman attendants Whitney Kibbie, the daughter of Jim and Kay Kibbie and Andrew Wellik, the son of Brian and Jane Palmer and the late Phil Wellik. Sophomore class attendants are Alyson Berven, the daughter of David and Lecia Berven and Brady Berkland, the son of Roger and Cathy Berkland. The Junior class attendants are Nikki Schany, the daughter of Patty Schany and the late Bill Schany and Ben McCain, the son of Dan and Julie McCain. Serving as the flower and crown bearers are Abbie Schany, the daughter of BJ and Jill Schany and Levi Aldous, the son of Steve and Jill Aldous.
The coronation ceremonies will begin at 7:30 p.m. with the fight song by the EHS marching band and cheerleading squad. Master of Ceremonies Matt Ballman will present a welcome to be followed by the processional of the attendants and candidates. A performance by the E’Hawk Cheer squad will follow before the Homecoming speech by former E’Hawk instructor and coach Jim Willmore III.
The coronation of the new Homecoming King will be done by the 2008 queen, Mollie Smith, and the new Homecoming Queen will be crowned b 2008 king Tyler Kliegl. Following the coronation, a special performance by the EHS Concert Choir will follow to close out the coronation ceremonies.
Other events during the week include the cross country teams running at the Algona Invitational on Monday in Whittemore and a home volleyball game on Tuesday when the Lady E’Hawks host Storm Lake, starting at 5:30 p.m. Middle and High school students will be dismissed two hours early on Wednesday for decorating and on Thursday, the Homeroom Olympics will take place at 2:15 p.m.
Homecoming Friday will be filled with activities, starting with a pep rally at Emmetsburg Catholic School at 9:15 a.m. and a Middle School Pep Rally at 9:45 a.m. A Pep Rally at West Elementary is planned for 10:15 a.m., with members of the E’Hawk football team and cheer squad signing autographs for the elementary students following the pep rally.
Classes will dismiss one hour early on Friday, with the Homecoming Parade starting at 2:45 p.m. at Soper Park and proceeding south down Broadway to the Courthouse Square, for a community Pep Rally. Serving as the Grand Marshal of the parade for 2009 is high school secretary Joann Herbers. The Emmetsburg Retail Association will also be sponsoring its annual Homecoming Tailgate downtown prior to the parade, with several local businesses hosting treats and treasures along the parade route.
Homecoming will come to a head at 7:30 p.m. Friday night when the E’Hawks host the Cardinals of Garner-Hayfield at Duane Twait Field.
The 2009 Homecoming will conclude on Saturday night with the Homecoming Dance, or MORP 2009. The dance will be an exact opposite of Prom, with the participants wearing sweats and comfortable, relaxed clothing, rather than a formal attire affair. The dance will take place from 8 p.m. to midnight at the high school.