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MCHS homecoming nearly perfect

Co-adviser: Weather, community, students cooperate to make MCHS event a success

Bridget Manley

DeLaine Brown sounded pleased.

Brown was one of two co-advisers who helped Moffat County High School Student Council members plan and organize the annual homecoming celebration. Looking back on the event Sunday, she considered it a success.

“I think all the activities went very, very well,” she said.

That’s not to say that there weren’t a few close calls this week.

Northwest Colorado weather, which can be a fickle element, occasionally threatened to squelch traditional homecoming rituals.

Windy conditions Thursday could have put a damper on the annual bonfire held near the high school building on Finley Lane. There were doubts that the blaze, fed by wood pallets, even could be ignited, Brown said.

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But, those fears proved unnecessary once the bonfire got started. Brown estimated that more than 200 students came to the bonfire Thursday, or about the same number that have attended the event in past years.

“It was a nice, big fire for a short period of time,” she said.

Weather woes continued Friday when afternoon drizzles persisted until minutes before the annual homecoming parade took to the road.

Brown said that, at the time, she feared the event would be canceled.

But the rain relented in time for the parade, which contained about 40 entries, to continue as scheduled.

From Brown’s perspective, it wasn’t only the weather that made this year’s homecoming successful. Student and community participation also played a role.

“Even with the weather being so nasty 10 minutes beforehand … the attendance by the community was great” at the parade, Brown said.

Between 10 and 12 high school student groups entered floats in the parade this year. The remaining entries came from other district schools, youth organizations and community members.

The sole class float in the parade belonged to MCHS freshmen students. Brown said she has noticed a similar trend among past homecoming parades, adding that most students opt to work on floats entered by school groups or activities. Overall, though, Brown wasn’t discouraged by the turnout.

“I was very pleased with the number (of entries) that we had,” she said.

Brown heard several teachers praise Thursday’s coronation ceremony for homecoming royalty.

And Saturday’s homecoming dance attracted more than 370 students, or more than half of the high school student body.

“I was real pleased,” said Brown, who was at the dance. “The kids really seemed to be having a great time. They interacted together well, and they seemed to really enjoy the dance.”

Brown sees room for improvement, particularly in the homecoming pep rally. Poor acoustics and the amount of noise during the event made hearing difficult, a problem she hopes can be averted next year.

Homecoming organizers already have begun looking ahead.

Brown and her co-adviser, MCHS teacher Heather Sweet, plan to meet with student council members tonight to review the events “and make a few adjustments for next year while it’s all fresh in our minds,” she said.