2017 Homecoming Arrives

Posted on October 18, 2017 by

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Fleetwood Area High School’s 2017 Homecoming celebrations occured two weeks ago, and students and staff have were hard at work preparing long before then.

Preparations occurred to ensure that this year’s celebrations was be memorable and everlasting. Homecoming Week’s festivities included the fashion-oriented Spirit Week, the annual pep rally and Powderpuff game, and the crowning of the homecoming king and queen at halftime of Sunday’s varsity football game.  Fleetwood’s royalty for this year are Laura Kaskey and Shawn Bessey.

Spirit Week began on Monday, 2 October and continued until Friday, 6 October. Friday was also the day of the annual pep rally and Powderpuff game, which are traditional Homecoming favorites among Fleetwood students.

Several varsity sports teams had home games on Saturday, 7 October.  Girls’ soccer took on Oley Valley at 2:00 p.m., and football challenged Daniel Boone at 7:00 p.m.

At halftime, the 2017/18 Homecoming King and Queen was announced. This year’s aspiring royalty included Kaili Brinker, Sarah Crissman, Emily DeLozier, Chantel Cobb, and Laura Kaskey, all hoping to win the title of Queen; not to mention, Shawn Bessey, Ryan Miller, Shawn Fortna, Nate Mercuri, and Ben Haas competing for King.

Perhaps the most appealing and anticipated parts of every year’s Homecoming celebrations are the Variety Show and pep rally. The Variety Show consists of several skits or performances staged by each class in relation to their hallway themes. After all the performances have concluded, they are judged and points  awarded to each class based on the final rankings.

The pep rally, barring any potentially disparaging weather, takes place in the stadium. Its events include Musical Squares, Tug of War, The Hula Hoop Race, and Balloon Stomp. In addition to the games, fall sports teams are recognized at this time.

After the pep rally, students have the opportunity to cheer on their classmates in the Powderpuff game.

Friday’s homecoming celebrations were far from over after school let out. The annual homecoming parade took place across Fleetwood at 5:30 p.m. Immediately following the parade was a bonfire at the Fleetwood Park.

As is the case every year, every day of Spirit Week has its own unique theme. For the 2017/18 school year, the individual themes are as follows:

  • Monday, 2 October – Purple and Teal Day
  • Tuesday, 3 October – International Day
  • Wednesday, 4 October – Hat Day
  • Thursday, 5 October – Class Distinction Day
  • Friday,6  October – Red and White Day

In addition to Spirit Week, each class was hard at work decorating its hallways for the homecoming week. The themes for each hallway are as follows:

  • Starbound Seniors
  • Juniors’ Journey
  • Sophomore Scare Floor
  • Freshman Pacman

The hallways, similarly to the variety show, are judged upon completion, and points are awarded to each class based on the overall score their hallway was awarded by the judges.

The contest to be crowned Homecoming  King and Queen this year was a close one. All of the members of the Homecoming Court have been heavily involved with the school and local communities for years and have consistently maintained positive relationships among their peers.

“Homecoming is my favorite time of the year. It’s a time to celebrate sports teams, friends, and spirit. For once, everyone comes together to compete and have fun. I love it!” Homecoming Queen Laura Kaskey said.

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