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Soroco gets spirited during homecoming week

Variety of homecoming week festivities gets students involved

Jack Weinstein

Soroco High School seniors Annie Hagg, left, and Bethany Leu talk Tuesday about homecoming activities they helped organize for this week. Tuesday was "dress in the dark day."

Editor’s note: This story has been corrected from its original version. Bethany Leu is Soroco High School’s senior class head girl, and Annie Hagg is the senior class’s secretary/treasurer.

It certainly appeared as if South Routt High School senior Bethany Leu dressed in the dark Tuesday.

She wore a bright purple-and-black plaid jacket over a multicolored T-shirt. A black-and-white sock on her left foot was pulled over her jeans. And she was wearing two different colored shoes: one red and one white.

It was intentional. Leu was participating in dress-in-the-dark day, Tuesday’s theme for Soroco’s 2009 homecoming week.

Leu, along with the rest of the high school’s leadership class – which includes students from all grades, but mostly juniors and seniors – planned the dress-up themes and daily activities for the festivities that culminate in the homecoming dance at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

Leu, the head girl for the senior class, has worked since last spring to plan for this week’s homecoming festivities. And her efforts were evident Tuesday.

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She was just one of many who participated in the theme days Monday and Tuesday. During Monday’s school colors day, 92 percent of the high school’s students took part.

“Something we’ve been focusing on this year is school spirit, and it’s been better this year” Leu said. “We as a class decided it was one of the major things we wanted to do. It’s been the best year so far, academically, with sports and school spirit.”

Even Principal Dennis Alt said he dressed in the dark Tuesday to display his school spirit. He said it was important for teachers to be excited about what the students were doing.

“And to connect with students in a different way more as people than teachers and administrators,” he said.

Alt added that homecoming week also provides students an opportunity to participate in something bigger than themselves.

So far this week, Alt said the activities have gone well with high student participation and positive behavior. He said the school has been given an “infusion of energy.”

Others noticed, too.

Annie Hagg, the secretary/treasurer for the senior class, said when school spirit is up, everyone has more fun. She said there’s higher attendance at games.

And, Hagg added, it might keep people in school.

But Hagg said she was really looking forward to seeing who participated in today’s dress-up theme: Toga Day.

“Toga Day is going to be great because I’m going to bring a toga for the principal,” she said.

Alt said he’d try to wear it.

Today’s festivities also include a chili cook-off from 5 to 7 p.m. organized by the school’s booster club and a power volleyball game at 7 p.m.

Homecoming schedule

Monday: Class color dress-up day, “Fear Factor” lunch activity, Danger Ball tournament

Tuesday: Dress-in-the-dark dress-up day, Slap the Floor lunch activity

Today: Toga dress-up day, Honey If You Love Me lunch activity, chili cook-off from 5 to 7 p.m., power volleyball at 7 p.m.

Thursday: Maroon and white dress-up day, Potty Your Pants lunch activity, afternoon pep rally, powder-puff football game at 8 p.m., bonfire at 9 p.m. at the high school football field

Friday: No school; volleyball against West Grand at 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.; football against Dove Creek at 7 p.m. with homecoming royalty crowned at halftime

Saturday: Middle school volleyball against West Grand at 9 a.m.; middle school football against West Grand at 9 a.m.; high school volleyball against Vail Mountain at 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.; homecoming dance from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.