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Posted: 10/03/12


Above, the 2012 Homecoming King's Court made up of, front row from left, freshman Quinn Walker, sophomore Andrew Behring and junior Steven Kresmery; back row from left, seniors Chris LaBadie, Grant Hale, Austin Bernard and Jesse McAllister. Below, the 2012 Homecoming Queen's Court made up of, front row from left, seniors Abbey Keller, Leah Simpson and Karly Rapp; back row from left, Shannon Lukity, Desaray Monroe and Justyna Marasco. Not pictured, Lora Ivezaj.

(Observer photos by Debi Martone)

Homecoming 2012 takes
Romeo to the land of Oz

by CHRIS GRAY
Observer Staff Writer
      There's no place like Romeo, and there's no place like Homecoming for Romeo High School.
       Homecoming 2012 will draw upon classic cinema as well as reviving old traditions to celebrate the home of the Bulldogs.
       Members of Student Council are once again working to build school spirit with their fellow students, families and the community itself.
       Greg Brynaert, athletic director, said the students worked hard each morning before school to solidify their plans.
       "The excitement is mounting," he said. "They're putting in a tremendous effort to make this a great Homecoming."
       This year's theme calls upon the classic movie, "The Wizard of Oz." During the week, students will decorate their halls and participate in spirit days to rack up "spirit points" for their respective classes.
       For instance, Monday saw students wearing clothing to match "Lions, Tigers and Bears, oh my!" while Wednesday allows them to dress like a witch or wizard.
       Like the movie's transition from black and white to color, downtown Romeo will brighten up as students paint on windows in anticipation of the upcoming Homecoming game and dance.
       While it won't be a parade of munchkins, groups from both Romeo High School and the middle schools will march down the decorated Main Street for a Homecoming parade 6:30 p.m. today, Oct. 3.
       The four main floats in the parade will be playhouses that were built by construction students and decorated by each class to coincide with the theme.
       "The construction students have been working on them since the start of school," Brynaert said. "A lot of kids were staying after school to work on them in their own free time."
       Freshmen will decorate their playhouse to be Auntie Em's farm and "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," sophomores will decorate the Wicked Witch's castle and the haunted forest, juniors will take on Munchkin Country and the seniors have the task of Emerald City and the yellow brick road.
       New to this year's float building was having each float decorated at the Lions' Field House all at once on Sept. 29.
       "It lets more kids participate and it's a community event," said Kim Droope, Student Council adviser.
       Each float will be raffled off as a prize at the Homecoming game. Tickets for the raffle are $1 each.
       A pep rally will be held 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at Romeo High School, where student groups will perform as well as a presention of checks from the Watchdog game to the American Cancer Society and Susan G. Komen.
       Tailgating for the game begins at 5:30 p.m., with a victory tunnel to welcome the football team at 5:45 p.m. This year the Bulldogs are looking for a victory against the Eisenhower High School Eagles.
      

      
      


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