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Posted: 10/16/13

2013 HOMECOMING COURT. Seen here are the senior class members of the 2013 Romeo High School Homecoming Court. Above, from left, Olivia Cali, Karly Rapp, Ariana Compo, Olivia Collier and Lindsey Lorence. Below, from left, James Licavoli, Ryan Warren, Mitch Hess, Brandon LeBiodia and Steven Kresmery.

(Observer photos by Chris Gray)

Spooks and specters
theme for Homecoming

Observer Staff Writer

      Raising school spirits takes on a whole new meaning for Romeo High School during its 2013 Homecoming.
       The traditional autumn event returns with the Student Council's theme of "Haunted Homecoming" to scare up some Romeo pride as the Bulldogs take on the Henry Ford Falcons this weekend.
       Amber Fountain, counselor and Student Council adviser, said the ideas Student Council come up with are run past teachers and administrators, but otherwise the staff steps aside to let the students plan a week's worth of events.
       "The Student Council, they've been working really hard making posters and getting ready for the parade, designing the shirts," she said.
       In place of traditional floats, four playhouses built by construction students will be decorated to match the Halloween theme, with students heading to Lions Field to spook up their haunts.
       Senior and Student Council member Karly Rapp said in past years the playhouses were raffled off, but this year each class was responsible for finding a business, family or group to find homes for the houses.
       "This way we for sure have somebody that will take the house," Rapp said.
       Spirit Week, held the week of Homecoming, has activities and opportunities for students to show off their school spirit, such as wearing the appropriate attire on "red, white and blue day," "class color day" or participating in the powderpuff game.
       The school is calling upon the village to help raise spirits with a Homecoming parade down Main Street at 6:30 p.m. today, Oct. 16, while the week culminates with a pep rally at 1 p.m. on Friday. The Bulldogs will fire up with performances from various student groups and friendly, fall-themed competitions between the classes.
       The 2013 Homecoming Court includes freshmen Tyler Walker and Aubrey Ratliff, sophomores Anthony Quas and Taylor Mueller and juniors Chris Rashid and Mackenzie Verellen.
       Senior court members include Rapp, Ariana Compo, Lindsey Lorence, Olivia Cali, Olivia Collier, Brandon LeBioida, James Licavoli, Mitch Hess, Ryan Warren and Steven Kresmery.
       The Bulldogs take the field at 7 p.m. on Oct. 18.

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