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Students, activities keep tradition alive

Amy Hamilton

The cheers are getting louder and the outfits are getting wackier.

Those are just two clues that students at Moffat County High School are enjoying this week’s homecoming activities and gearing up for Friday night’s football game and dance.

“I had a couple students wonder who I was,” laughed English teacher Amy Coleman, who dressed like other teachers as Charlie’s Angels.

As the school celebrated super hero day on Wednesday, a plump green Shrek, a Pink Panther and various Supermen and women with towels as capes flooded the school’s hallways and spilled into an afternoon pep assembly in the gym.

“My favorite day is Friday when we get to wear our school colors and have the football game at night,” said sophomore April Sanchez as cheerleaders pitted classes against each other competing for the spirit award.

Simultaneous games of human log rolling, balloon popping and ball-tossing kept the noise level near deafening and the excitement high.

Football coach and science teacher Kip Hafey, and teachers Chris Dralle and Todd Trapp got lucky, earning the most dollars this week from a Kiss-a-pig-athon fundraiser. The reward for bringing in the dough: A wet smack from an oinker held by teacher Jennifer Preece.

Out on the field where Moffat County Bulldog football players will trek Friday night, the school’s color guard team readied for a half-time homecoming performance. With multi-colored flags swishing around their heads and arms, the team practiced in tune to the theme song from the movie “Mission Impossible.”

“We’ve been practicing pretty much every night for the last month,” said captain and senior Megan Price.

The 12-girl team quickly learned two routines in three days, said volunteer coach Amber Wocher.

“That takes dedication,” she said. “Aren’t they awesome?”

This afternoon students celebrated “Red Carpet Day” dressing in their finest duds. A bonfire later tonight welcomes all students.

Friday’s slew of events includes the popular “Blue and White” dress-up day, an afternoon parade and an evening football game. Saturday’s culmination of events offers an at home soccer game against Palisade and a student dance.

Junior James Boughan said the annual semi-formal dance might be his favorite part of the week. He recently picked out an outfit in Denver to wear to the event he’ll attend with his girlfriend.

Boughan also liked the change of pace offered by the school’s spirit week.

“Everybody gets more excited and has more fun,” he said. “Everybody likes to get a little weird and not get made fun of.”

Amy Hatten can be reached at 824-7031 or

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