Homecoming Week For Emmetsburg
Homecoming is always a special time for area high school students and alumni alike, as pride and school spirit join with the change of season to create special excitement in a community. For students in Emmetsburg, this week is Homecoming Week for the E-Hawks, and the days will be filled with activities leading up to Friday night’s Homecoming game between the E-Hawks and the Wolverines of South O’Brien High School.
Homecoming activities actually got underway last week at Emmetsburg High School with voting for the 2010 Homecoming Queen and King candidates. Those candidates along with the class attendants and crown bearers, include queen candidates Halie Cody, the daughter of Steve and Joni Cody; Tacee Leebens, the daughter of Nate and Teresa Anderson; Chelsey Rouse, the daughter of Ron and Sue Rouse and Morgan Vlasman, the daughter of Doug and Amy Vlasman. King candidates are Bobby Gappa, son of Todd and Lisa Gappa; Arthur Heldt, the son of Steve and Colleen Heldt; Tyler Henderson the son of Tracey Henderson and Steve Henderson, and Cory Schultes, the son of Lynn and Beth Schultes.
It is traditional for a pair of West Elementary students to serve as the flower and crown bearers for the Homecoming Court, and selected for that honor this year are Olivia Chism, the daughter of Dan and Renee Chism and Luke Carter, the son of Joe and Lisa Carter.
Class attendants for the Homecoming Court this year include Junior class attendants Kaity Degen, the daughter of Brenda Degen and Pat Degen and Ryan Kliegl, the son of Bob and Rhonda Kliegl. Sophomore attendants are Miranda Vlasman, the daughter of Doug and Amy Vlasman and Austin McCartan, the son of Rhonda Granholt and the late Bob McCartan. The Freshman attendants are Hannah Bird, the daughter of Rick and Julie Bird and Aaron Bird, the son of Dr. Jim and Stephanie Bird.
Various spirit events take place during Homecoming week, starting with Monday’s observance of Homeroom Color Day, in which all students wore the colors of their respective homerooms. The Emmetsburg Cross Country teams ran in the Humboldt Invitational while the freshmen and sophomore E-Hawk football teams played at Spirit Lake.
Today, (Tuesday) is Cowboy and Cowgirl Day, Students are wearing their best western attire to support the E-Hawks and Lady E-Hawks, as the Lady E-Hawks travel to LeMars for volleyball action.
Wednesday is Homeroom T-Shirt Day, with activities being highlighted by the annual Homeroom Olympics, as students take part in the annual exhibitions of skill, athletic prowess and fun.
Thursday will be Superhero day, where students will be encouraged to dress up as their favorite super hero during the day. Additionally, students will paint storefront windows downtown during the afternoon to help ramp up the community spirit for the Homecoming game.
The Homecoming Coronation ceremonies will take place Thursday evening, Sept. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium at the High School. Guest speaker for the coronation ceremonies will be Jeff Kerber.
It will be Black and Gold Day on Friday, with all E-Hawk fans proudly wearing their black and gold attire to support the E-Hawks. The annual downtown tailgate observance will take place on Friday afternoon prior to the start of the annual Homecoming Parade.
Grand Marshals for the 2010 Emmetsburg Homecoming Parade will be long-time Emmetsburg E-Hawk supporters Joe and Zeline Gappa. The couple will ride in the parade, which will start at Soper Park and will proceed south on Broadway to Courthouse Square.
The Homecoming game against South O’Brien will then kickoff at 7 p.m. Friday at Duane Twait Field. The Homecoming Court and their parents will also be honored and introduced during the halftime ceremonies of the football game.