Synchronized twins, Disney characters, students with fake injuries, Harry Potter characters and more have been roaming the halls of Lovell and Rocky Mountain high schools this week as both local schools celebrate Homecoming 2016, culminating with home football games on Friday night, Sept. 30.
Lovell is celebrating with an Olympics theme on the heels of the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, while Rocky Mountain students have a Harry Potter based theme.
According to student council sponsor Katie Hernandez, Lovell’s 2016 homecoming theme is “Faster, Higher, Stronger” in honor of the Olympics.
The week began with Synchronized Day on Monday with students coordinating their clothing and actions. A Buff Puff volleyball match for boys ended the day at the LHS Gym.
Tuesday was Fake An Injury Day and included Lovell vs. Rocky Mountain homecoming volleyball matches in Cowley that evening.
Wednesday was Flotation Device Day, and Thursday is Class Country Day: Mexico for freshmen, Australia for sophomores, Brazil for juniors, Jamaica for seniors and the USA for teachers and staff members.
Friday is Blue and White Day.
The annual chili and cinnamon rolls dinner will be held at the school multi-purpose room Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by the homecoming pep rally at 7 p.m. at the LHS Gym, followed by the bonfire for students only.
The pep rally will include class competitions, the LHS dance team, cheerleaders, the recognition of fall sports and activities teams and the announcement of the homecoming royalty.
Lovell will play Moorcroft Friday at 7 p.m. in the homecoming football game, with the royalty to be introduced at halftime. A dance will follow the football game featuring Bret Savage as Daddio DJ.
Rocky Mountain High School is celebrating a “Hogwarts Homecoming” based on a Harry Potter theme.
Monday was Disney Day with students wearing “anything related to Disney,” student council advisor Vicki Arnold said, concluding with a movie night in the Great Hall (commons).
Tuesday was Anything Harry Potter Day and included the annual Navajo Taco Dinner from 4 to 7:30 p.m. in the Great Hall. Sponsored by the junior class, proceeds go to support prom and next year’s senior activities.
Tuesday night also featured the homecoming volleyball matches with Lovell visiting Rocky Mountain at the RMHS Gym.
Wednesday was Class Color Day: blue for seniors, black for juniors, white for sophomores and orange for freshmen. The annual Homecoming Olympics were replaced by the Tri-wizard Tournament, including a Quidditch match, Wednesday afternoon.
Arnold noted that each class has been assigned a “house” ala-Harry Potter. Seniors are members of the Slytherin House, juniors Gryffindor, sophomores Ravenclaw and freshmen Hufflepuff.
Thursday is Teacher Impersonation Day and will culminate with a powder puff football game at 6:30 p.m. and the annual homecoming pep rally and bonfire at 7 p.m. featuring cheers, the introduction of fall sports teams, the pep band and the crowning of the homecoming royalty.
Throughout the week the four houses will compete for the House Cup (spirit award) through bulletin boards, sidewalk art and banners, and skits to be performed during an assembly on Friday.
Friday is Brown and Gold Day and will include a visit to the elementary school at around 10 a.m. during recess where cheerleaders and athletes will pass out Grizzly Cards and rev up school spirit for Friday night’s big game.
House skits and a talent show will start around 11 a.m. back at the high school.
The Rocky Mountain Grizzlies will host Wind River for the annual homecoming football game with kickoff scheduled for 6 p.m. The homecoming royalty will be introduced at halftime.
Saturday’s activities include volleyball matches in Burlington starting at 10 a.m. and cross country meets in Thermopolis (middle school) and Wright.
The homecoming dance will be held Saturday at the Log Gym in Cowley from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 for a single or $10 for a couple.
By David Peck