Purdy High School celebrating homecoming this week

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Purdy High School will name royalty for its homecoming celebration on Friday. Pictured, front row, from left, are queen candidates: freshman Shadyn Minton, sophomore Myrka Salas, junior Cailyn Spears and senior Briana Granados. Back row, Mister Tip-Off candidates: freshman Zane Brown, sophomore Fernando Garcia, junior Kevin Villa, and senior Leighton Harkey. Contributed photo

‘Oz’ theme provides activities leading up to crownings

Purdy High School is celebrating homecoming this week, using themes from “The Wizard of Oz” film for the “There’s No Place like HOMEcoming” celebration.

Each class has nominated representatives to serve on the homecoming royalty. Purdy has two different contests, continuing its unique tradition.

The student body will chose between a boy from each class for the title of Mister Tip-Off, a contest sponsored by the Cheer Squad. Candidates this year are freshman Zane Brown, son of Travis and Jennifer Brown; sophomore Fernando Garcia, son of Maria and Margarito Garcia; junior Kevin Villa, son of Maria and Alvaro Villa; and senior Leighton Harkey, son of Sam Harkey and Amy Harkey.

Serving this year on the cheer squad are Audrey Hancock, Brittany Bricker, Briana Granados, Cierra Moore, Emily Webb, Emma Mareth, Julissa Cruz and Elizabeth Hoffman.

One representative from each class is in the running for the crown as homecoming queen. Contestants are freshman Shaydn Minton, daughter of Samantha Minton; sophomore Myrka Salas, daughter of Juan and Maricela Salas; junior Cailyn Spears, daughter of Donnie and Amanda Spears; and senior Briana Granados, daughter of Martha and Mario Granados.

The winner of the Mister Tip-Off honor will be announced during an afternoon assembly on Friday. The homecoming queen will be crowned in a ceremony between the junior varsity and varsity basketball games against Southwest High School on Friday evening. The junior varsity game will begin at 6 p.m. The crowning will take place at approximately 6:45 p.m., following the induction ceremony for the Purdy Athletic Hall of Fame.

Special participants in the coronation ceremony will be flower girls Laney and Lauren Lamp, daughters of Nathan and Eva Lamp, both Purdy alumni. The crown bearer will be Dallas Farris, son of Jason and Kerri Farris, also Purdy alums. All three children are kindergarten students.

Activities have been scheduled for each day of the week to mark the celebration. On Monday, students celebrated “Oz, the Great and Powerful” by wearing Emerald City green and assorted bling. Twister Tuesday encouraged students to demonstrate a “twisted” sense of fashion by wearing their wackiest wardrobe items. Today, students were urged to pick a friend and dress alike as part of “Which Witch Is Which Day.”

Thursday, students are urged to recreate a journey through the Oz forest, dressing in a wide variety of animal costumes to celebrate “Lions and Tigers and Bears…Oh My!” Friday will be “A Storm’s A-Brewin’ Day.” As a reflection of gathering storm clouds, students will be encouraged to dress in black, half of the school colors.

As a special feature this year, the Student Council will host its first tailgate party immediately after school, providing hot dogs, chips, cookies and soda pop for all who attend. Members of the community are also encouraged to attend.

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