Steamboat students show homecoming spirit |

Steamboat students show homecoming spirit

Tamera Manzanares

— There was a whole lot of bouncing going on along Lincoln Avenue on Friday afternoon.

Steamboat Springs High Sch–ool students packed homecoming floats, dancing to music and trying to out-holler the preceding classes. Their spirit tested the crÃpe-paper trees and sparkling cardboard castles towering above their heads.

Classes didn’t have to think too hard for float motifs: Neverland, Magic Kingdom, Aladdin and Under the Sea fit this year’s Disney homecoming theme.

Debbie Metscher was among the residents who came downtown to see the annual fall parade.

“How many towns would let you shut down the street for this?” asked Metscher, who watched with friends Dianne Stoyko and Sherry Gibson.

“It’s got a real charming, small-town feel,” Stoyko said.

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The Disney theme dictated dress-up days this week, including animal kingdom, superhero and prince and princess days.

Classes racked up points for participation in theme days and afternoon activities, including an eating contest Friday. An overall tally after the best float contest determined which class received the coveted spirit-stick award. The seniors were awarded the best float at the game.

Everyone agr–eed that students and staff took school spirit up a notch this year.

“It’s better than past years,” said Niki DuBord, a senior member of the Leadership Class, which organized the events. “I think our senior class is leading with school spirit, and the other classes are willing to follow.”

High spirits extended to teachers: More staff than ever participated in the annual staff skit, Principal Mike Knezevich said.

The homecoming parade also featured classy convertibles carrying underclassmen homecoming attendants and senior candidates for royalty. Jake Flax and Vanessa Heinert were named homecoming king and queen at the game.

Parade spectator Katie Mos–kowitz, a 1993 graduate of Stea–mboat Springs High School, recalled the carefree feeling of homecoming.

“Your whole world revolves around it,” she said.

Moskowitz’s father, longtime basketball coach and physical education teacher Kelly Meek, was the parade’s grand marshal.

— To reach Tamera Manzanares, call 871-4204 or e-mail