Homecoming week kicked off at Gillespie High School yesterday, September 24, with students decorating their class hallways for the week of spirit, fun and competition.
“Miner Pride” is the theme of this year’s homecoming and the school’s student council has a fun-filled week planned for students at Gillespie that started yesterday and will continue into Saturday with the homecoming dance. This year’s dress up days are character day (cartoon Disney) on Monday, twin day on Tuesday, class color on Wednesday, generation day on Thursday and then spirit day on Friday.
With hallway decorating complete, students have three evenings to construct their float for Friday’s 1:45 p.m. parade. Float building will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, with Wednesday reserved for contentious powder puff football tournament that starts at 7 p.m.
Thursday evening float building will conclude with a traditional bonfire, pep rally and a performance of the school song by the school band. Hot dogs and s’mores will be available for students and a chili cook off is also scheduled for Thursday evening.
The biggest day of the celebration will be Friday ahead of the homecoming football game that will take place at 7 p.m. against Litchfield. The day starts with breakfast at 6:30 a.m. for seniors and faculty. Once school is in session, the high school band starts the day by playing the school song through the hallways and then students can participate in Miner Survivor, Miner Man Pageant and the volleyball tournament the rest of the morning.
Friday afternoon is reserved for a pep rally that starts at 12:30 p.m. and the float parade through downtown Gillespie that starts from the school at 1:45 p.m. The start of the parade marks the end of the school day for some students, but student council members and volunteers will return to the gymnasium where they will decorate and setup for Saturday’s dance.
The dance will bring a conclusion to homecoming on Saturday. Dance doors are scheduled to open at 6:30 p.m. with coronation at 7 p.m. and the dance beginning at 7:30 p.m.
This year’s senior court include Jaiden Braundmeier, Karli Carr, Macie Halpin, Mackenzie Kasarda, Paige Niemeyer, Rylee Bernot, Maxx Fritz, Trae Hall, Chase Odell-Mueller and Nick Spencer. Lucretia Whitworth-Roberts will represent the junior class, Mallory Mick and Quentin Blevins will represent the sophomore class and Hannah Barrett will represent the freshmen class.