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WHS prepares for big homecoming week

Williams High School students prepare for last year’s homecoming game at the annual bonfire at the Williams rodeo grounds. This year’s bonfire takes place Oct. 3 at 8 p.m. The Williams Vikings football team takes on Joy Christian Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. Clara Beard/WGCN

Williams High School students prepare for last year’s homecoming game at the annual bonfire at the Williams rodeo grounds. This year’s bonfire takes place Oct. 3 at 8 p.m. The Williams Vikings football team takes on Joy Christian Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. Clara Beard/WGCN

A weeklong celebration of Viking spirit will kick off on Monday for Williams High School's homecoming.

Homecoming week is Sept. 30-Oct. 4 and will include a parade, bonfire, sporting events and dance.

The freshman, sophomore, junior and senior classes will compete for which class has the most school spirit.

"There's three parts to the competition," explained student body president Miranda Mann. "A third of it is the floats, so which class has the best float. The second part is the dress up days, so it's based on the percentage of your class that's dressed up. The third part is spirit day-who wins all the activities. Like if you win powder puff then that puts you ahead of all the other classes."

Homecoming week starts with students dressing up according to different themes for each day. Sept. 30 is pajama day, Oct. 1 is color day (each class dresses in a specific color), Oct. 2 is wacky Wednesday and Oct. 3 is school spirit day.

Williams High School Principal Tristan Heisley said school spirit day will be a half day.

"The entire day is just kind of devoted to class spirit and building all of that pride in the school," he said. "It's fun for our kids."

Spirit day activities will start Oct. 3 with the girls playing a powder puff football tournament at about 8:30 a.m. on the football field. Then the boys will play a volleyball tournament at about 10 a.m. in the gym. Teams will be divided according to class. Classes will also compete in pyramid building.

"It gets intense," said student body vice president Vanessa Ramirez.

School will get out around noon, which will give students time to prepare for the homecoming parade. The parade starts at 1 p.m. on Oct. 3, and will progress down Route 66 from the Family Dollar Store to Twisters.

Each class can start building their float on Sept. 30. This year's theme is "Vikes in Time."

"You can pick anything, you could do dinosaurs, future, 70s, 80s, 50s," Ramirez said.

Local business people will judge the floats.

Community members and organizations are also welcome to participate in the parade. Those interested may contact the high school at (928) 635-4474.

Spirit day will end with a bonfire on Oct. 3 at 8 p.m. at the rodeo grounds.

On Oct. 4, the Williams Vikings football team will play host to Joy Christian at home at 7 p.m. At halftime, school staff will announce homecoming royalty and the winners of the homecoming week competitions. Usually, staff also announces alumni who have returned for the game.

"We'll have them sign in at the front and it's a long list, which is really cool," Heisley said.

After the football game on Oct. 4, a dance will take place in the gym until midnight.

Heisley said it's good to see the community participate in the homecoming festivities as well as the students.

"It shows support for the school," he said. "I think it's one of those small-town things that they don't happen everywhere but it's nice that we are still able to do it."

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