By Lorrie Ham
The Mound Westonka High School Student Senate is excited to announce the 2018 Homecoming Week festivities planned for Sept. 24-29. Homecoming 2018 is all about community – uniting past and present and celebrating the spirit of Westonka. The week will include a full slate of activities, dress-up days and sporting events.
“Homecoming is such an exciting time for the Westonka community, so the students in Senate work hard to ensure we put together a great celebration for all ages,” said advisor Jamie Harms. “Homecoming means more than kings, queens and football. Homecoming means tradition, community and spirit.”
Activities kick off Monday, Sept. 24, with the Homecoming Coronation in the MWHS gym at 2:15 p.m. Ladies selected for the Homecoming Court include seniors Grace Bowe, Lauren Burris, Kathryn Risvold, Jennifer Schaible, Teagan Schmidt and Maya Thurston. Senior gentlemen on the Court include Noah Coley, Thomas Elliott, Nels Larson, JP Oftedahl, Charlie Reinhardt, Ben Schmalz and Navin Thakurdial.
Dress-up days are a great way to show Westonka pride. Monday is Clone-Multiplicity Day. During Morning Meeting (7:40-8:15 a.m.) at Grandview Middle School on Monday, the MWHS band, football cheerleaders, fall sports captains and Homecoming Court will share the excitement of Homecoming Week with the younger grades at the Grandview Pep Fest.
On Tuesday, the dress-up theme is Country vs. Preppy. The fun continues that night when the White Hawks boys soccer team hosts Rockford at 7 p.m. Wednesday is Denim Day, so break out your best jeans.
Thursday is USA Day, so wear your red, white and blue. That night, the girls swim and dive team will host Waconia at 6 p.m. Girls soccer hosts Delano the same day at 7 p.m., and girls volleyball will host Watertown-Mayer also at 7 p.m.
Friday is White Hawks Spirit Day. Be prepared for a full day of activities, starting with the Alumni Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. in the MWHS cafeteria, followed by the MWHS Pep Fest at 10:05 a.m. The parade will begin at 5 p.m. Participants will line up at Hilltop Primary School on Game Farm Road, and the parade will end at Haddorff Field. Tailgating and carnival activities will take place on the front lawn of the football field after the parade until game time. The Football Boosters will be selling hot dog meals for $5, which include a hot dog, chips, cookie and a bottle of water.
The White Hawks football team will take on Providence Academy in the big game at 7 p.m. The Homecoming bonfire will be started during the fourth quarter of the game.
The semi-formal Homecoming Dance will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29, for students in grades 9-12 in the MWHS courtyard and cafeteria from 8 to 11 p.m. Pre-sale tickets will be sold during lunches September 25-28 at a cost of $8 or $12 with a Super Fan T-Shirt. Dance tickets will be $10 at the door. Super Fan shirts will also be for sale at the carnival.
“Homecoming means coming home, reuniting with friends and family, celebrating our community and showing your pride in being a White Hawk,” added Harms.
Monday, Sept. 24
Dress-Up Day: Clone-Multiplicity Day (How many people can you match?)
- GMS Pep Fest (Morning Meeting – 7:40 a.m.) Homecoming Court, sports captains, cheerleaders & drum line
- Coronation 2:15 p.m. in the MWHS Gym
Tuesday, Sept. 25
Dress-Up Day: Country vs. Preppy
- Boys Soccer vs. Rockford – 7 p.m. Haddorff Field – court introductions pre-game
Wednesday, Sept. 26
Dress-Up Day: Denim Day
Thursday, Sept. 27
Dress Up Day: USA Day
- Boys Soccer vs. Delano – 5 p.m. Haddorff Field
- Swim & Dive Meet vs. Waconia – 6 p.m. MWHS Pool
- Girls Soccer vs. Delano – 7 p.m. Haddorff Field – court introductions
- Girls Volleyball vs. Watertown-Mayer – 7 p.m. MWHS Gym – court introductions
Friday, Sept. 28
Dress-Up Day: White Hawks Spirit Day
- Alumni Breakfast 8:30 a.m.
- MWHS Pep Fest 10:06 a.m.
- Parade 5 p.m. – line up at Hilltop Primary School – ends at Haddorff Field
- Tailgating and Carnival – after parade until football game at Haddorff Field
- Football vs. Providence Academy – 7 p.m. at Haddorff Field
- Bonfire – starting during fourth quarter
Saturday, Sept. 29
- Westonka Activity Center and Westonka Performing Arts Center Grand Opening, 1-4 p.m.
- Semi-Formal Dance – 8-11 p.m. for grades 9-12 in the MWHS courtyard (weather permitting) & cafeteria