It is homecoming week in Winner. There is no other community of this size that celebrates homecoming like Winner does and persons from all over the nation make a point to come “home” for their class reunion.
The WHS homecoming is Sept. 28 and 29.
This year’s homecoming royalty candidates are Samantha Marts, Hanna LaCompte, Macy Olson, Macie Ferwerda, Ronae Klein, Nathan Smither, Matthew Smither, Justus Gregg, Riley Calhoon and Ty Bolton.
The senior float riders are: Meredith Calhoon, Lexie Nedved, Elisabeth Duffy, Madelyn Hanson, Daesha Klein, Mason Schuyler, Alex Schaeffer, Levi McClanahan, Carter Brickman and Matthew Hartley.
This year’s homecoming theme is Hollywood Homecoming.
The coronation and alumni roll call will be held Thursday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Armory.
The crowning of the princess and warrior, announcement of the parade marshal and alumni roll call are highlights of the coronation ceremony.
Mistress of ceremonies for coronation will be Madyson Morehart and Savannah Vogel.
Ushers will be Hannah Hanson, Brekken Nagel, Dalton Baker, Zach Lapsley and Michaela Bachmann.
The Winner High School band, cheerleaders and Warriorettes will perform at coronation.
The burning of the W will follow the ceremony in front of the ag building.
Any alumni reunions that require reserved seating call Mona LaCompte at the high school at 842-8125. There is also reserved seating for alumnus that prefer not to climb the bleachers and other seating is available on a first come first serve basis.
Thursday afternoon prior to coronation is the annual pep rally. This fun event includes an eating contest, obstacle course, tug of war and class cheer challenge.
The event starts at 2:15 at Warrior Field and the public is invited to attend. Spectators are encouraged to sit on the east end of the stadium, middle schoolers on the east end of the steps followed by 9-12 graders on the west end of the stadium.
Each class will present their original class cheer and take part in a torch class contest. The winning class receives a free breakfast.
On Friday, Sept. 29, all will dress in purple and gold as students and faculty prepare for the parade and football game.
The parade will start at 2 p.m.
Parade entries are welcome from alumni classes, businesses and organizations. Any group that wants to participate in the parade can contact LaCompte and she will assign the parade entry a number.
Entries will line up at the corner of 7th St and Country Club Road at12:30 p.m. Friday.
The high school would like to remind everyone that the school and the fields are alcohol and drug free zones.
Friday evening will be the annual homecoming football game as the Warriors will host Chamberlain in a 7 p.m. game.
The pregame activities will start at 6:30 p.m.
The WHS student council will have the concessions stand and proceeds go to help fund homecoming activities.
The class colors chosen this year are: seniors—black; juniors—orange; sophomores—pink; freshmen—white; 8th grade—blue; 7th grade—gray; 6th grade—purple.
Each day of homecoming there is a fun dress up day. Monday was movie or TV shows and students were encouraged to dress as their favorite character from any movie or tv show; Tuesday was identity theft day; Wednesday is wear your cape (Dress like your favorite superhero); Thursday is class color day and Friday is purple and gold day.
The student council organizes and hosts the homecoming activities with the help of advisors Mona LaCompte and Lisa Jankauskas. Student council officers include: Abby Marts, president; Casey Stickland, vice president; Morgan Hammerbeck, secretary; Addy Root, treasurer; Madison Thieman, reporter; Gracie Littau, historian; Gabby Kocer, sergeant at arms/parliamentarian.
The student council is so grateful to the businesses and organizations that have donated prizes and gifts to help make homecoming a success. There is so much school spirit in this community. “We’re very lucky to have such support for our school and the student activities,” said the student council.
The Winner High School Class of 1977, which is celebrating its 40th reunion, is hosting a free all class dance at St. Mary’s Hall on Friday following the football game.
All honored classes, graduates and non graduates are welcome. However, you must be 21 to attend the dance.
The doors will open at 8:30 p.m. and the Black Water band will play from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Safe rides will be available for anyone who would like to take advantage of this service.