A fun and traditional week at Gillespie High School ended Saturday evening at the annual homecoming dance where Nick Spencer and Paige Niemeyer were voted 2017 king and queen.
Spencer is the son of Rick and Julie Spencer while Niemeyer is the daughter of Matt and Robin Niemeyer. They were crowned by 2016 king and queen Tanner King and Amanda Schmidt. Being awarded first runners-up were Chase Odell Mueller and Mackenzie Kasarda while Trae Hall and Macie Halpin won second runners-up.
The homecoming celebration kicked off last Sunday with students decorating the high school hallways for the spirit week and continued through the week with students building and decorating floats on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday; playing powder puff football and the male cheerleading performance on Wednesday; taking part in a ceremonial bonfire on Thursday and then parading through downtown Gillespie on Friday.
The friendly competition was a driving factor all week with the winners being announced at halftime of Gillespie’s come from behind victory over Litchfield, 35-32, on Friday. The senior class won the hallway decorating contest, the powder puff football game and the male cheerleading contest while the junior class won the float-building contest.
Class games were held on Friday ahead of the pep assembly and parade. High school Spanish instructor Katie Weigand won the first ever lip sync battle and then Weigand and Jack Burns, high school history instructor, were named faculty king and queen. Later in the day on Friday, Spencer also took the title of Miner Man in the annual man pageant in addition to the king crown he was later awarded on Saturday.
“Thanks to the hard work of the student council and its leaders and the student body and staff and the administration,” Jennifer Brown, high school student council advisor, concluded on social media after saying the week was a success. “It was one to remember and one of the best in a long time. Thank you, parents, for attending our events, picking up supplies, making cookies and taking all those pictures. Years like these make me look forward to the next one. Miner pride is alive and well at GHS!”