Homecoming Spirit Week underway at CHS
Students going 'Around the World' with festivities
Students at Cassville High School are going "Around the World" this week, as the football Homecoming Spirit Week theme is preparing Wildcat Nation for Friday's gridiron contest between the Wildcats and Carl Junction.
A week's worth of festivities, along with two assemblies to get students and staff pumped for homecoming, are being held. A kick-off assembly was held Monday, and on Thursday, another assembly will be held at 2:30 p.m., where the Homecoming King, Queen, Prince and Princess will be announced. Voting took palce Tuesday during 8th hour.
Multiple activities, which go with the theme, have been going on and will continue this week. Monday was Water Day, where students wore blue. Tuesday was Safari Day, where students wore safari gear, dressed like an animal or wore animal print.
Today (Wednesday) is Go Green day, where students wear green. Thursday is TACK and Gold day, where students will wear their tackiest black and gold clothes. On Friday school is out, but the game starts at 7 p.m. at Wildcats stadium.
Throughout the week the school will be collecting donations for the Global Impact organization.
The homecoming dance begins right after the game and runs through midnight at the FEMA Event Center. Entry for a single is $3, and a couple is $5. Door prizes will be given throughout the night.
Senior Homecoming candidates, eligible for king and queen, include: Abby Rose, daughter of Loye and Connie Rose, of Cassville; Valeria Perez, daughter of Edgar and Flora Perez, of Cassville; and Callie Meek, daughter of Bobbie Jo and Dorenda Meek, of Cassville; Jake Wolf, son of Lourie Speakman, of Cassville, and Don Wolf, of Cassville; Will Edmondson, son of Roy and Heather Edmondson, of Cassville; and Tyler James, son of Jerry James, of Cassville, and Shelli James, of Cassville.
Junior, sophomore and freshman candidates, eligible for prince and princess, include: Juniors Kaylyn Bryant, daughter of Joel and Kristi Bryant, of Cassville, and Cameron Irwin, son of Shaun and Carrie Irwin, of Cassville; sophomores Coleman Hoppes, son of Emma and Todd Hoppes, of Cassville, and Ellie Cahalan, daughter of Teresa Cahalan, of Cassville; and freshmen Jesus Perez, son of Edgar and Flora Perez, of Cassville, and Lou Tankersly, daughter of Beth Townzen, of Cassville, and Eric Tankersley, of Cassville
To be eligible to for Homecoming Court, nominees must have a 2.5 grade point average, must participate in at least one extracurricular activity, must not have had severe discipline issues and must complete a petition form with 15 peer signatures. If the student's discipline status changes prior to Homecoming, they may not be eligible to be on the court.
The Homecoming Court is elected by peers. Students who met the criteria to run for Homecoming Court were put on a ballot, and the student body then voted to determine who would represent their specific grade levels.
Samantha Cosper, family and consumer sciences teacher at Cassville High School and and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).and student council sponsor, said that while Homecoming has been a long-held tradition at the school, it has changed somewhat over time.
"When I was in school, which was 10 years ago, the fall athletes would be called out of class and as a group," she said. "They would nominate multiple students from each grade level to serve on the Homecoming Court ballot. The nominated students were notified, and at that point, could decide to accept or decline. The student body would vote by grade level and narrow it down to one boy and one girl candidate for each grade level. Then, the student body would vote on King or Queen. The King or Queen could be from any grade level at that time.
"A few years ago, the procedure changed. A petition was developed and any student wanting to run for Homecoming Court was allowed to do so as long as they met the criteria. All students who turned in a petition were put on the ballot, the grade levels voted on their representatives. At that time, it was changed so that the final Homecoming Court would consist of three senior boy candidates for King, three senior girl candidates for Queen, and the other grade levels would have one boy and one girl representative."
Cosper said the new petition system was implemented to encourage students who were interested to get involved, verses having to be nominated by their peers. This year, student council implemented the new Homecoming titles, Prince and Princess, for freshman through junior grades because they felt that serving only as representatives was not sufficient.
"They felt that this gave the underclassman more of an incentive to participate," she said. "The only change is that now, the student body will vote on one King and one Queen from the senior class, and one Prince and one Princess from the other classes."
While titles and procedures have changes, most Homecoming traditions have remained the same.
"We still do coronation during the Homecoming assembly during the school day, and have the Homecoming Court preside over the football game, and they are all called out at halftime of the game to be recognized," Cosper said.
Cassville Alumni from years past fondly remember Homecoming week and friendships.
"Homecoming was a big deal for the entire district," said Kristi (Davis) Preddy, 1986 Cassville High School graduate. "The students would line up on Main Street and watch the Homecoming parade. After the parade, we would all meet at the high school gym for a district-wide pep assembly."
During the weeks before the parade, Preddy remembers students creating floats for their class and individual clubs.
"That is one tradition I truly miss," Preddy said. "It gave all of us, the littlest and the biggest Wildcats, a sense of school pride."