Homecoming 2017 officially kicked off Friday afternoon at Perry High School with the announcement of the king and queen candidates at a pep assembly.
“Safari in the Savannah” was chosen at the theme for this year, which will conclude with a Sept. 22 football game against No. 5 DC-G, followed by the Homecoming dance.
Breanna Ackerman, Vivian Gonzalez, Syd Guerra, Alyssa Kruger and Sid Vancil were named as members of the queen’s court, with German Alvarenga, Tanner Duffy, Reece Dunlap, Alexis Garrido and Brandon Ruiz comprise the king’s court.
Hallways were decorated after school by the student council to complete Friday’s activities. Perry plays at Boone tonight, with kickoff at 7:30 p.m.
Homecoming week begins Monday with students urged to dress in camouflage. Classroom doors will be decorated during Connections and will be based on the “Safari in the Savannah” theme.
Students will dress in a patriotic theme Tuesday, with Volunteer Day set for Wednesday. Students will fan out around the community and perform a variety of volunteer activities, with lunch served at 1 p.m.
The Homecoming Parade, sponsored for the second consecutive year, will begin Wednesday at 6 p.m. Starting at PHS and traveling down Willis Ave, the parade will turn north on Second Street and end at Raccoon Valley Bank, where a BBQ will be held.
Thursday’s student attire will be safari/animal print. The coronation of the king and queen and a full pep rally will be held at 8 p.m. in the gym, with a bonfire at the Perry Athletic Complex (north of the school) to be held afterward.
Students will participate in Game Day at 1:10 p.m. Friday in the gym. Freshmen are to wear red, sophomores white, juniors black and seniors blue, with staff in gray.
The freshman football game against DC-G will begin at 4:45 p.m., with the varsity game to start at approximately 7:30 p.m. The Homecoming Dance will be held from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m. in the PHS Commons.
Each class will earn points toward winning the Spirit Stick, with the winning class allowed to parade the stick along Kaufman Track at halftime of the varsity game. Spirit Stick points are earned by participation in dress-up days, door decoration, volunteerism, parade class banners, class members walking in the parade and Game Day event winners.
The Class of 2017 won the Spirit Stick as sophomores, juniors and seniors, leaving no defending class champion and giving the Class of ’18 a chance to go out with the stick, although the other classes will certainly look to earn the honors for themselves.