by De’Aira McCrory

Homecoming week is finally here. The week of Monday, Oct. 19 through  Oct. 24,  the faculty committee along with student council help mix old traditions with new; including a parade, pep rally, formal dance, bonfire and carnival-style block party. This year’s homecoming week is set to top years before, and the bar has been raised to top the next upcoming years.

Monday kicks off the week-long class wars,a new addition to homecoming line up this year. Class wars are a battle between class levels ninth through twelfth to see who has the most school spirit. The first of the various competitions is a hallway decoration battle to see who can best represent homecoming’s carnival theme.

Grade levels have the opportunity to gain points from winning each battle, and the overall winner will be announced at Friday’s pep rally.

In traditional spirit, Manic Monday is on the week’s itinerary. Students are allowed to jump right out of bed and come to school, a classic pajama day.

New to the homecoming festivities is Twist it up Tuesday which allows students to twist up their gender or everyday style. Students are given the choice to take part in gender bender day or backward day, students can dress up as the opposite sex or purposely wear their clothes backward.

Wednesday is not only athletic wear day but it is also the day of the parade, block party, and bonfire. The homecoming parade is a tradition that was long forgotten, but with the help of the parents and the community, the parade has made its comeback for the second year in a row. The parade begins at  5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21, featuring this year’s homecoming court, clubs, and organization, the band, cheerleaders and football team.

Following the parade is the carnival-themed block party which begins at 6 p.m. at the bus port. A variety of clubs and organizations will set up booths with activities for students to participate in; including a dunk tank where students have the chance to dunk their favorite teachers and administrators, along with a dance-off and a pie-eating contest.

All money raised from ticket sales for the parade and block part will go towards a cancer fund in senior Alyssia Crittenden’s name who was diagnosed with Leukemia earlier this year.

The bonfire will start after the carnival at  7:15 p.m., accompanied by performances by the band, cheerleaders and a local entertainer “Money Mont.” To end the night, there will be words from the football players and coaches.

Fired up Friday is a super spirit day. Students are expected to show off their Indian pride.  Following tradition, a pep rally wraps up the Super Spirited Day. This year’s pep rally include a dance-off and pie eating contest along with the traditional spirit stick competition between each class level.

The Indians have been awaiting the season to show their true colors and prove they’re a part of the Indian Nation. Throughout the week everyone will be coming together and participating in making this homecoming week the one to be remembered.”