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Students and community set to celebrate Williams High School homecoming Oct. 13-17

Williams High School students ride a Vikings float through downtown Williams during last year’s homecoming parade. Ryan Williams/WGCN

Williams High School students ride a Vikings float through downtown Williams during last year’s homecoming parade. Ryan Williams/WGCN

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

Homecoming week is Oct. 13-17 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. The three-part competition takes into account which class has the best float, which class has the most students participating in the dress up days and which class wins the various spirit day activities.

"We're just trying to really have a fresh attitude and help this be a time that's really fun and each individual class is jelling as a class and having fun during these competitions yet they see themselves as part of the big school family," said homecoming coordinator Denise Heiss.

Homecoming week starts with students dressing up according to different themes for each day. Oct. 13 is pajama day, Oct. 14 is color day (each class dresses in a specific color), Oct. 15 is character day and Oct. 16 is school spirit day.

"Sometimes we have kids who kind of hold back and we're hoping don't hold back. Jump in, have fun, get dressed up, participate, cheer your class on," Heiss said.

Spirit day activities will start Oct. 16 with a pep assembly. Then the girls will play a powder puff football tournament on the football field. Classes will also compete in pyramid building and relay races. After that the boys will play a volleyball tournament in the gym. Teams will be divided according to class.

School will get out around 12:30, which will give students time to prepare for the homecoming parade. The parade starts at 1 p.m. on Oct. 16, and will take place on Route 66.

Each class can start building their float on Oct. 13. This year's theme is "Williams High School Does Marvel." Local business people will judge the floats.

"I think the community really likes the parade," Heiss said. "It's a big tradition."

On Oct. 16 the Williams Lady Vikings volleyball team will play host to Phoenix Christian at home with the junior varsity team playing at 5 p.m. and varsity team playing at 6 p.m.

Spirit day will end with a bonfire on Oct. 16 at 8 p.m. at the rodeo grounds.

On Oct. 17 the Lady Vikes volleyball team will play host to Rancho Solano at 4 p.m. for the team's official homecoming game and senior night.

On Oct. 17, the Williams Vikings football team will play host to Sedona at home at 7 p.m. At halftime, school staff will announce homecoming royalty and the winners of the homecoming week competitions. Several WHS graduates usually attend the game.

"There's a lot of people here who graduated from high school here and raised their families and they come and get to see each other and check in with each other," Heiss said.

After the football game on Oct. 17, a dance will take place in the gym until 11:30 p.m. Heiss said she hopes homecoming week is an enjoyable time for the students.

"We just want them to feel like this is a positive environment, we can have fun, we work together as a class and work together as a school," Heiss said.

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