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WHS homecoming week approaching fast
School spirit high as students gear up to participate in dress-up days, pep rallies and more

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Crystal Heiser (far left) and Jordan Pettit (center) shares a moment of suspense during last year’s homecoming festivities.

Ryan Williams/WGCN <br> Crystal Heiser (far left) and Jordan Pettit (center) shares a moment of suspense during last year’s homecoming festivities.

WILLIAMS - Viking spirit will be on show next week as students at Williams High School celebrate homecoming with an action-packed schedule of events, which includes including a parade, bonfire and homecoming games against Page and Grand Canyon.

Students are gearing up to compete all week long to determine which class, freshman, sophomore, junior or senior, has the most Viking spirit.

On Sept. 28, activities will begin at 8:30 a.m. with game one of the ever-popular powder puff girls' football tournament. Other competitive events include a water balloon toss, pyramid building, tug-o-war, boys' volleyball tourney and pie-eating contest.

"After the games, we retire to the gym where the guys will make fools of themselves playing volleyball because they aren't as good as our volleyball ladies," Fleishman said. "The girls as good as the football players I think, but the guys aren't as good as the volleyball payers. Go figure."

On Sept. 29, a pep assembly takes place at 10:30 a.m. followed by a school-wide barbecue at 12 p.m.

The homecoming parade down Route 66 begins at 1 p.m.

Mike Fleishman, faculty homecoming coordinator, said students began building parade floats on Monday although some students begin preparation earlier.

"They can build things but nothing goes on the floats until Monday," Fleishman said.

United Blood Service will also be taking part in the parade and at the homecoming games, giving the community an opportunity to sign up to donate blood.

The annual bonfire at the Rodeo Grounds takes place Thursday evening.

"Dark-thirty is when the bonfire takes place," Fleishman said. "Somewhere in the neighborhood of 7:30 p.m. The kids start showing up at 7 p.m."

On Friday, The Lady Vikings volleyball team will take on Grand Canyon starting at 4 p.m. and the Vikings football homecoming game against Page begins at 7 p.m. The coronation and crowning of homecoming royalty takes place at half time.

The homecoming dance, which is open to the public, begins in the gym immediately after the game and runs until midnight. Eddie Miller from 93.9 The Mountain will DJ the event.

"If the Class of '73 wants to come to come to the dance they can, but they may find the music foreign to their ears and the dance moves changed slightly," Fleishman said.

Fleishman is in the process of asking local merchants to participate in the festivities.

"Back in the day, merchants used to give specials on Homecoming Day, be it meals drinks whatever," he said. "We would very much appreciate merchants, since the students are going to be in town, offer a special to bring the community in."

Senior Amanda Wamble said it is incredibly important that the Williams community come out to support WHS teams.

"It really helps the football and volleyball players say, 'oh my gosh, I really have to win this game because look how many people are here,'" Wamble said.

If you would like to help with homecoming preparation, contact Mike Fleishman at (928) 635-4474.

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