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Hoopeston Area High School students celebrate Homecoming

Special guest to attend between games!
Hoopeston Area High School is celebrating homecoming week with special activities and a special guest Friday.

Friday, between the girls’ and boys’ basketball games, Chief Illiniwek will appear and perform in the middle school gym. Following the performance, Chief Illiniwek will make a brief appearance in the high school gym for pictures, along with Jerky.

“We hope to see our Hoopeston Area Fans at the games to support our student athletes, cheerleaders, coaches and school during this special homecoming celebration,” said Principal Larry Maynard. With no school Monday for Martin Luther King Day, homecoming activities kick off Tuesday with Spirit Dress Up Days. Tuesday is “Come as You Are” Day, followed by Decade Day Wednesday, Salad Dressing Day Thursday and Cornjerker Pride Day Friday.

Salad Dressing Day is a new idea for Spirit Week, the brainchild of HA cheerleaders. On Thursday, freshmen are encouraged to dress as Italian dressing (Guidos), sophomores as French dressing (France); juniors as ranch dressing (cowboy/cowgirl) and seniors as Caesar dressing (Greek).

With the theme “Movies,” each class will decorate backdrops from floats to be displayed outside the gym. They will be judged Friday and winners announced during halftime of the boys’ game.

Coronation of this year’s king and queen will also take place during halftime of the boys’ game. Candidates are Zach Lewallen, Joe Warner, Ray Tyszko and Connor Cline for king and for queen, Ally Verley, Emily Margevich, Devin McFadden and Merita Ibishi.

Class attends are freshmen Ian Simpson and Nora Fourez; sophomores Keaton Longest and Cayley Martin and juniors Alex Pickett and Carissa Vaughn.

Hoopeston Area varsity girls’ basketball team will face the Salt Fork Storm at 6 p.m. Friday, followed by the varsity boys’ game - also against Salt Fork - at about 7:30 p.m.

Homecoming activities will culminate with the annual dance from 8-11 p.m. Saturday.

Due to cancellation of the varsity football season this school year, homecoming was moved to the basketball season.

contributed by: “Just The Facts”

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