CHS prepares for homecoming

Homecoming king candidates for Central High School this year include, from left: Cristian Perez, Kyle Brazil, Trevor Groschen, Sam Newbloom, Matt Ditsch and Tom Messner. Queen candidates are, left to right and bottom to top: Lexi Erpenbach, Devan Mellgren, Brooke Willemsen, Haley Peterson, Emma Schmidt and Brooke Brede. Photo by Paul Downer

Central High School will celebrate its homecoming next week, Oct. 8-12.

A variety of events and fun activities are planned for the week, beginning with a coronation ceremony on Monday and the parade, community pep fest and football game on Friday.

More specifically, Monday (pajama dress up day) will include a girls’ powder puff football game at 2:25 p.m., and the coronation ceremony and class skits will be held at 7 p.m. in the school gym.

Tuesday (western dress up day) will feature a home volleyball match against Tri-City United. Wednesday (mismatch/crazy hair day) includes a pizza eating contest at 10:05 a.m. and boys volleyball at 7:30 p.m. And Thursday (camouflage/jersey day) includes the Minnesota River Conference cross country meet at Baylor Park at 3:15 p.m. Friday (Raider Day) features the annual homecoming parade at 1:30 p.m. There is a new route for this year’s parade that will not cross Highway 212.

The parade will begin at the elementary school, proceed to the five-way stop, turn left up SE 2nd Avenue and turn right near St. John’s Lutheran Church on SE 1st Street.
The procession will then turn left at the fire station on SE 3rd Avenue, pass the Flower Mill and take a left down Main street toward St. John’s school. A final left turn will bring the parade down Central Avenue for a finish on SW 7th Street at the school.

Following the parade, a community pep fest will be held in the gym at 2:30 p.m., and the football game against Sibley East will be held at 7 p.m. with a halftime show around 7:45 p.m. that will introduce the cheerleaders and royalty. A homecoming dance will follow the game around 9 p.m.

This year’s homecoming court includes senior female attendants Haley Peterson Brooke Brede,   Devan Mellgren, Emma Schmidt, Brooke Willemsen and Lexi Erpenbach.

Senior male attendants include Cristian Perez, Tom Messner, Trevor Groschen, Matt Ditsch, Kyle Brazil and Sam Newbloom.

Class attendants include, 11th grade: Nicole Miller escorted by Bryce Noeldner; 10th grade: Megan Miller escorted by Evan Worm; and 9th grade: Anna Sons escorted by Brice Panning.

Junior attendants this year are first graders Ayla Fox escorted by Zachary Muchow.