There is something oh so very special about homecoming week in small-town U.S.A. Windows are being decorated all over town, students (and teachers) are dressing to different themes at school each day, there are home games in softball, volleyball and football to keep the spirit burning throughout the week, there are halls being decorated, posters being created, jingles being composed by students throughout the town. Yes, it is a very special week indeed.

This is homecoming week in Schuyler. Distinguished alumni will be making their treks back to our lovely city on Friday night for “the game.” In 2017, that game features our beloved Warriors who will be taking on the Crimson Pride from Omaha Roncalli. Even though the football team is still in search of its first victory of the season, this game takes on special meaning because it is part of homecoming week. There will be an electric feeling in the air unlike any other game that has been played at the football complex in Schuyler since last homecoming.

Different school classes began decorating windows around town this past weekend. On Tuesday, the softball team got the homecoming week sports schedule kicked off with a game against conference foe Seward. On Thursday, the volleyball team plays host to new conference member Adams Central in a 6:30 p.m. match. Then on Friday the week’s activities culminate with the matchup against Roncalli on the gridiron.

The football game takes on a whole new life of itself. There are the pregame festivities, the band’s performance at halftime followed by the dance team’s new routine, and the battle on the gridiron. After the game has ended (hopefully in a Warrior homecoming victory) the 2017 homecoming royalty are announced followed by the much-anticipated crowning of the new king and queen. Please remember the homecoming football game has a 6 p.m. kickoff instead of the usual 7 p.m. to accommodate all of the evening’s activities.

This year’s royalty include boys candidates Noah Beebe, Kevin Contreras, Austin Hall, Mason Kovar and Jackson Settles and girls candidates Veronica Ardon, Bethany Black, Kameryn Healy, Lauren Kasik and Claire Martin. All of the royalty candidates represent SCHS so very well both on the athletic fields and courts and in the classroom.

Following the coronation of the 2017 royalty comes the event most high school students look forward to each year. That, of course, is the homecoming dance. This year the dance will be held in the west gymnasium of the high school with the doors opening at 8:30 p.m.

I strongly encourage you to take in as many of these activities as possible during this very exciting week. Especially plan on supporting the volleyball team at home on Thursday night and the football team at the homecoming game. They could certainly use your support as they fight for homecoming week victories.

Have a great homecoming and go Warriors!

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