St. Clair High School students, faculty and staff are preparing to celebrate “like a champ” as annual Homecoming festivities are scheduled to take place next week.
Activities will conclude on Friday, Oct. 5, when the Bulldogs entertain Hermann on the football field. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. with the Homecoming king and queen coronation scheduled at halftime. A student dance will follow the game.
The theme for the week is “Like a Champ.”
“It’s my favorite time of year again,” SCHS teacher, Student Council Adviser and Homecoming sponsor Sarah Dierker said. “Homecoming season is such an awesome time for SCHS and the community. You can feel it in the atmosphere.”
Earlier on Friday, a pep assembly will take place at 1 p.m. on the football field. The Homecoming court will be introduced, class games will be played and candidates will participate in an activity or two. The SCHS Jazz Band also will perform. Community members are invited to attend.
At 2 p.m., the Homecoming parade will leave the high school grounds and weave its way into downtown St. Clair.
Because of construction on East Springfield Road, the parade route has been altered this year. The route is High School Drive, Bardot Street, Jean Street, Main Street and Park Avenue. Buses will pick up students at the Evergreen Park parking lot.
Businesses along the parade route are encouraged to decorate windows and/or lawns.
Parade participants will include the Homecoming candidates; high school clubs, organizations and fall athletes; and the class floats. The grand marshal is longtime SCHS teacher David Purviance.
From 6 to 7 p.m., SCHS National Honor Society members will be recognizing the Class of 1988 with a reception in the high school library. A group photo will be taken at 6:45 p.m.
“We encourage everyone in the district and community to participate in the many events we have planned throughout the week to support our Bulldogs,” Dierker said.
Earlier in the Week
On Wednesday, a couple of evening activities are planned. A powder puff football game between junior and senior class girls is scheduled for 7 p.m. on the athletic field. Admission is $1 or two cans of food. At 8:30 p.m., a bonfire will burn near the lower level parking lot. The bonfire is for SCHS students only.
Through Wednesday, St. Clair’s McDonald’s restaurant is sponsoring a class competition for grades 9-12. For every $1 purchased at the restaurant during that period, customers will receive one ticket to vote on the class of their choice.
The winning class will receive $500 courtesy of McDonald’s. The winner will be announced during the pep assembly.
Students also will have the opportunity during the week to have their faces featured on the front of a Wheaties box. The life-sized box with a cut-out hole will be available for posing opportunities throughout the week.
“Many people have dreamed of being on the front of a Wheaties box,” Dierker said. “Well, your dreams can come true.”
The high school also will have spirit days Monday through Friday.
There will be a spirit stick competition for the freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors during the week, which includes the daily spirit days. Prizes will be awarded to the winning class.
“The kids really try to choose days that will promote high participation,” Dierker said about the daily spirit competitions. “The ones for this year should be fairly easy, therefore increasing participation.”
•Monday is Back 2 Back Champs Day. Students are asked to dress in pairs, twins or couples.
•Tuesday is Grand Champs Day. Grandparents are invited to visit, and students are encouraged to dress like senior citizens.
•Wednesday is Like a Chump Day. Students are encouraged to wear Hermann High School’s blue and white colors or wear items that look like they are injured.
•Thursday is Like a Pro Day. Students are asked to dress like Olympians or wear professional jerseys or other attire.
•Friday is Like a Champ Day. Students are encouraged to wear red and gray.
“I love to see the participation and school pride that arises from events such as Homecoming,” Dierker said. “There is so much more to education than just textbooks. It is so important for these kids to learn about citizenship, pride, teamwork, character and the many other qualities they learn throughout the Homecoming experience.”
Homecoming activities are sponsored by the SCHS Student Council.