Homecoming tradition continues throughout week

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Blondes do have more fun at Moffat County High School.

And, for girls like senior Jeni Jones, more options for Thursday's "Dress Like A Rock Star" theme.

"Since I'm blonde, Marilyn Monroe or Faith Hill," said Jones, adding she hasn't settled on that day's attire.

Jones was cheating a bit Monday, having ditched her toga by lunch to be part of her physical education class. Jones, one of the student council planners with this year's Las Vegas-themed homecoming, said participation was generally good among seniors and juniors, but a bit sparse with underclassmen.

"Tomorrow they'll get into it," Jones said.

Janie Dunckly, Jones' friend and black-wigged, beaded Cleopatra look-alike on Monday, said the student council set out to put more spice into Homecoming 2002

"We wanted to set new standards that Moffat County High School doesn't have to follow the same thing every year," said Dunckly, a senior and student council president.

Liane Davis-Kling, a Moffat County High School teacher for the past 21 years, said students didn't receive brochures outlining each day's dress until Monday. Still, the student body generally gets into the week's theme, she said.

"Some days they do it, others they don't," said Davis-Kling, who

was wearing a toga herself on Monday.

Sophomore Amanda Eisenhower said the themed days are important for school spirit, despite the fact she and friends bought several items over the past months for pajama- and red-white-blue themed days held last year, but not planned in the 2002-2003 term.

"It would be a pretty lame school if we didn't have social events," Eisenhower said.

Monday's toga-clad students kicked off preparations for this year's homecoming. In-school dances, cram-a-car contests, strobe-light volleyball, pep rallies, parades and bonfires all lead up to Saturday's traditional dance. After school this week, students at all grade levels will be working on individual class floats for the parade, scheduled to begin Friday at 1:30 p.m.

Jim Loughran, the high school's activities director, asks students to dress "semi-formal" for Saturday's dance in the school's auditorium.

"Nothing really strict," Loughran said.

"Slacks, a nice shirt and dresses."

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