Homecoming is more than football

| 29 Sep 2011 | 09:47

WESTFALL - Friday night was the annual homecoming game at Delaware Valley and the Warriors easily handled neighboring Wallenpaupack, 35-0. But homecoming consisted of an entire week of excitement and school spirit in the “cherished halls of Delaware.” Each day had its own theme in which a many students and faculty members participated. Tuesday was twin day, followed by class theme day on Wednesday, where each class (9-12) had their separate themes. Freshmen had Renaissance Day, the sophomores traveled around the world in their “cultural exchange” theme, the juniors brought the 50’s back to life, and the seniors celebrated their theme of “Pirates of ’07.” Wednesday was also the annual senior breakfast. Entire halls and bulletin boards were decorated to go along with the themes. The school went west on Thursday for Western Day, when cowboys and cowgirls lines the halls of the school. The week came to a close with “school spirit day” on Friday when the student council hosted the first ever pep rally during school in the stadium. There, the entire student body looked on as the candidates for Homecoming Queens had a potato sack race down the track, gunning for a throne at the opposite end where a crown sat. The “King of Legs,” also known as the Homecoming King, challenge was a one legged race in a similar fashion. Halfway through the pep rally, the “most spirited student” contest was held, where those who best adorned themselves in school colors and had the most spirit competed for the title. To end things off, each fall sport team was given a chance to talk to the crowd about their season and engage in a sort of pie eating contest where the captains had to be the first person find a piece of gum in a tin of whipped cream and blow a bubble with it. Friday brought the football game and at halftime, the King and Queen were announced. This year’s homecoming court consisted of nine girls who were voted in by the senior class the week before. Ashley Wolf and Andrew McMickle were crowned as the royalty of 2006. McMickle won the “King of Legs” contest by using a jar with his leg pictured on it to raise the most money for charity. Over $2,000 was collected this year, a school record, for the Bushkill Outreach. The homecoming festivities concluded with a school-wide dance on Saturday evening and about 1,000 students attended. Much of the credit for the fun and successful week went to the school’s student council and its Homecoming Committee which was chaired by senior Joee Shimanski.