Oskaloosa Homecoming Celebration “A Hero’s Homecoming”

Veterans march in the 2016 Homecoming Parade.

by Carson Milledge

This year’s Oskaloosa High School Homecoming is fast approaching. Its theme is “A Hero’s Homecoming,” and students are already gearing up for the week’s events.

As soon as Homecoming Week kicks off on Monday, September 18th, students are able to display their school spirit by participating in the first of five dress-up days taking place during the week. Each day has a unique theme, starting on “Marvel Monday,” where students are encouraged to find their inner alter ego and don the outfit of their favorite superhero. On “Too Cool Tuesday,” the dress code is “preppy,” flipped-up collars and slicked-back hair abound. The week continues with “Whirl of Life Wednesday,” during which every grade is assigned a different stage of life to assume: Freshmen dress up as babies, Sophomores as teenagers, Juniors as adults, and Seniors as senior citizens. Next, students will dig up their bucket hats and flower-spangled Hawaiian shirts for “Tourist Thursday,” followed by “Spirit Friday,” for which students will wear their favorite Oskaloosa attire to show their team spirit for the big game that evening.

Of course, the High School Student Council has also prepared a few events for the entire community to take part in during the week. On Monday the 18th, following the JV home football game, 12th-grade girls will duke it out in the gender-swapped Powder Puff Football game at the Lacey Complex football field. On Tuesday the 19th, 12th-grade boys will engage in their own role-reversed game, Powder Puff Volleyball, right after the girls’ varsity game in the spectator gym at the high school. Admission for both Powder Puff events is 100% free!

On Thursday, September 21st, the annual Homecoming Parade will push off its first float at 6:30 p.m. Be sure to find a good spot to cheer on the football team, marching band, and many more
extracurricular groups and clubs! Or, if you have your own float or convertible you’d like to drive in the parade, contact the school at 673-3407 or email Kim Gile at gilek@oskycsd.org. After the parade, head down to the Community Stadium on North 1st Street to see which two lucky Seniors will be crowned Homecoming King and Queen.

Finally, on Friday, September 22nd, Homecoming will come to a close as the varsity football team battles the Solon Spartans at 7:30 p.m. at the Lacey Field. After the game, high school students
are invited to the Homecoming Dance, starting at 9:00. The dance will last until midnight, giving students plenty of time to dance their hearts out.

Be sure to thank your nearest Student Council member this Homecoming, as none of these events would be possible without these committed students. Remember to be safe and have a blast during this week of fun!

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