Homecoming next week

Homecoming used to be just that -- college students coming home to visit their alma mater.

Now, the celebration focuses more on current students than past ones.

"It's changed to mean a spirited week with a number of activities to break the routine," Moffat County High School Athletics Director Jim Loughran said.

The theme this year is "Red Carpet Affair." It begins with students dressing up in black and white classy clothing and will end with a dance. A variety of activities fill the days between, including the traditional football game when the Bulldogs face the Glenwood Springs Demons.

If they win, the team's seniors will have never lost a homecoming game.

"It's an important game," Coach Kip Hafey said. "Homecoming centers around the football game. It should -- it's a football tradition."

Hafey said homecoming is a chance for Moffat County alumni to return and be involved again.

"You're not just playing for each other, you're playing for your town, past alumni and upcoming alumni," he said.

The student council is responsible for organizing homecoming events. The council is planning a powder puff football game, macho volleyball and the traditional bonfire.

Senior Amber Breslan is looking forward to a week of fun.

"This is my last one, and you have to make the last one the best," she said. "Everyone gets into it."

She ranks the game and the dance of equal fun and importance.

Breslan was one of the nom--inees for homecoming queen. The highest vote-getter becomes queen. The next becomes an attendant.

"Either would make me very happy," she said.

Student council members went last week to each advisory class to solict nominations for homecoming royalty. The final ballot included 20 freshman, 24 sophomores, 22 juniors and 36 seniors. Voting was Wednesday. Each class votes for their class attendants and the king and queen. Another vote was taken Friday to break a four-way tie among the sophomores.

Winners will be unveiled during Monday's coronation.

The coronation used to be held at the end of the week, but Student Council advisor Susie Lord scheduled it earlier this year.

"It's an honor, I think, to be selected royalty," she said. "I thought it would be a good idea for them to be visible all week and enjoy being royalty."

Friday is the apex of the week's events celebration with a pep assembly at 10:30 a.m., a parade at 1:30 p.m. and sporting events in the afternoon and evening followed by a semi-formal dance.

There will also be fireworks at the game.

"I think we're the only school in Colorado that has fireworks for homecoming," Loughran said. "(Homecoming) is a big bang that student council not only does, but one of the few things it gets credit for."

Lord said students are gearing up for the week.

"The general concensus is they like all the activities," she said.

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