Nicole Ferree, 16, a Moffat County High School sophomore and student body secretary, pauses to give directions Thursday afternoon to fellow student council members at the high school. The student council was making decorations for the homecoming dance, scheduled to take place from 9 p.m. to midnight Oct. 8 at the high school.

Photo by Bridget Manley

Nicole Ferree, 16, a Moffat County High School sophomore and student body secretary, pauses to give directions Thursday afternoon to fellow student council members at the high school. The student council was making decorations for the homecoming dance, scheduled to take place from 9 p.m. to midnight Oct. 8 at the high school.

MCHS homecoming begins next week

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Homecoming schedule

Monday:

— 4 p.m., Freshmen football team plays against Palisade High School at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane

— 5:15 p.m., Junior varsity football team plays against Palisade High School at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane.

Tuesday:

— Last day to turn in parade entry form and fee to MCHS second-floor office

Thursday:

— 9:50 to 10:25 a.m., royalty coronation, MCHS auditorium, 900 Finley Lane.

— 8 to 9 p.m., bonfire behind MCHS

Friday:

— 2 p.m., Homecoming parade starts at Craig City Park. Parade goes down Victory Way, up Ledford Street and ends at Safeway, 1295 Victory Way.

— 3:30 p.m., MCHS science department’s cardboard regatta takes place at Loudy-Simpson Park.

— 4:30 p.m., MCHS volleyball C-team plays against Palisade High School at home

— 5:30 p.m., Junior varsity volleyball team plays against Palisade High School at home

— 6:30 p.m., Varsity volleyball team plays against Palisade High School at home

— 7 p.m., MCHS varsity football plays against Glenwood Springs High School at home

Saturday:

— 9 p.m. to midnight, Homecoming dance takes place at the first floor of MCHS

Moments after the final bell rang Thursday afternoon at Moffat County High School, a dull roar reverberated through the rafters as students filled the lobby and streamed out the front doors.

But, Becca Pugh and a handful of other students stayed behind. Homecoming was less than a week away, and these MCHS student council members still had work to do.

Preparing for homecoming is a lot of work, she said, but that hasn’t dimmed her enthusiasm for the annual fall tradition.

“I love it,” the student council president said of homecoming.

Homecoming kicks off Monday and features an assortment of activities and sporting events throughout the week.

Homecoming royalty are crowned during a coronation ceremony at 9:50 a.m. Thursday at the MCHS auditorium, 900 Finley Lane.

The annual parade, one of the week’s signature events, starts at 2 p.m. Friday at Craig City Park. The parade winds its way down Victory Way, up Ledford Street and ends at Safeway, 1295 E. Victory Way.

Students across the district will be released early Friday.

Craig elementary students get out at 11:54 a.m., followed by Craig Middle School students at 12:05 a.m. High school students also will be released early, although the time has yet to be finalized.

At 7 p.m. Friday, the MCHS football team goes head-to-head with Glenwood Springs High School at home.

The game will be followed Saturday by a homecoming dance, which takes place from 9 p.m. to midnight on the first floor of the high school.

The last event was at the forefront of student council members’ minds Thursday.

An assortment of handmade cardboard cutouts — a killer whale, a sea horse, a crab — lay in the middle of the third-floor classroom where they worked.

The theme for this year’s homecoming is “Under the Sea,” and these decorations for the dance were made to fit with the nautical theme.

But, as Laurie Cotten sees it, homecoming is about more than dances, athletic events or dress-up days.

“We’re all Bulldogs — we all have that Bulldog pride inside of us,” said Cotten, a sophomore and student council historian/reporter. “So, I think homecoming is really the one week where no matter where we’re from or no matter what kind of person we are or what kind of clique we’re in, we all root for the same team.

“Whether we win or we lose, we’re still proud to be students of Moffat County High School.”

Students aren’t the only ones who get wrapped up in homecoming. The community also gets involved, Pugh said.

And, she believes that’s significant.

“It’s important to me because the community should be involved in students and what we do,” she said. “If they are involved then they have an impact on what we become, which is very important to me.”

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