Homecoming spirit sweeps De Soto High School
Students rolled out of bed to show their school spirit Monday, as De Soto High School began a week of Homecoming festivities.
Spirit week began with Pajama Day, where students and teacher alike adored themselves in sleepwear for the day.
The spirit continued Tuesday with Twin Day and Wednesday with Disney Character Day. On Thursday, students dressed as the opposite sex for Gender Bender Day and Friday the spirit culminate with Class Spirit Day.
Each year students partake in the traditions of Homecoming week. Homecoming is sponsored by the DHS Student Council, which is in charge of picking dress-up days and the dance theme.
Nancy Perry, STUCO sponsor, said the group meet every Wednesday and came up with all the ideas, including the “Dancing in the Moonlight” theme.
Students don’t just have dressing up to look forward to this week. A variety of events take place throughout the week to mark the occasion, including a parade and spirit rally Thursday evening.
The parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. at 83rd and Delaware in downtown De Soto, Perry said.
“This is the third year for the evening parade,” she said. “There are more and more people attending each year.”
Perry said the parade, which used to be from Starside Elementary to the high school on Friday afternoon of Homecoming week, was moved to allow the community to be more involved.
“We wanted to have the citizens of De Soto participate,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity to see the kids.”
The parade includes a De Soto fire truck, individual class and team floats and the DHS marching band.
“We hope everyone lines the route,” she said. “The more the merrier.”
Perry also encourages residents to attend the spirit rally at the De Soto practice field at the conclusion of the parade.
At the rally Superintendent Ron Wimmer and De Soto Mayor Dave Anderson will welcome crowd. Following the welcome, all fall sports coaches and teams will be introduced, Perry said.
“The De Soto Fire Department will then light up the ‘Victory V’ on the baseball field,” she said. “We all count down then light the ‘V’ for all the fall teams.”
The ‘Victory V’ began three years ago to symbolize the coming DHS sporting victories, however, the original ‘V’ was much smaller.
Now, the fire department builds a larger ‘V’ after hearing such great feedback from the crowd, Perry said.
“It really sets the stage for Friday night’s football game,” she said. “Everything is just getting so big, the parade, the spirit rally at the practice field. It’s great because so many people are coming to see us.”
On Friday, students will gather for a pep rally where the king and queen candidates will be announced to the crown.
In the evening the DHS Wildcats will take on Paola at 7 p.m. During half-time of the big game the 2009 DHS Homecoming king and queen will be crowned.
Following the game, students will attend the annual Homecoming Dance. This is the first year the dance has taken place on Friday night as opposed to Saturday night, Perry said.
“The enthusiasm for the game will follow into the dance,” she said.
The DHS student council will decorate the school’s gym for the “Dancing in the Moonlight” celebration. The dance, last from 9 to 12 p.m.
“It (homecoming) starts out the school year and the excitement grows all the way up to it,” Perry said.