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Football Season Is Here and That Means Homecomings and Traditions

By Staff | Sep 4, 2015

(Left to Right) Trevor Longie, Lauren Kraft, Dominic Cote, Breanna Deaver, Shea Heidlebaugh, Hunter Hager, Ashley Schmaltz, Ryan Michels, Lauren Christenson, and Victor Gronvold. (Photo Submitted)

Homecoming Week is here with all the excitement that entails. It is a time to celebrate shared experiences, when students, townspeople and alumni from small towns all across America come together in small communities to reconnect with people, places and traditions. More than just a football game, the modern homecoming has evolved into a week of celebrations from Sept. 7 (yes, even on Labor day, though there is no school) through 11, ranging from a powder-puff football game, dress up days, school pride days, bonfires, parades, parties, class Olympics, a football game, to formal dances and the coronation of a Homecoming court king and queen.

The king and queen coronation is one of the biggest traditions of Homecoming, besides the game itself. This year’s Rugby High School’s 2015 queen candidates are: Princess Breanna Deaver, daughter of Cindy Deaver; Princess Lauren Christenson, daughter of Erik & Sarah Christenson; Princess Shea Heidlebaugh, daughter of Mike & DeDe Heidlebaugh; Princess Lauren Kraft, daughter of David & Becky Kraft; and Princess Ashley Schmaltz, daughter of Nick & Jacinta Schmaltz. The king candidates are: Prince Dominic Cote, son of Chris & Jenny Cote; Prince Victor Gronvold, son of Bruce & Lori Gronvold; Prince Hunter Hager, son of Chad & Keeya Hager; Prince Trevor Longie, son of Chuck & Shawna Longie; and Prince Ryan Michels, son of Bill & Jana Michels.

Back in the day, Homecoming used to be one day. It was the football game, a coronation at half-time and a dance after the game. With Homecoming now becoming such an important part of a community, it has become a week-long adventure. This year is no different, with a full slate of activities to be celebrated. The students themselves have planned this busy week.

We can only hope that the spirit and goodwill created by our homecoming, with the town and its citizens coming together as one in celebration of our school, our youth and our football, will carry on throughout the year. That this feeling of togetherness can transcend the differences between us that at times seizes the community, but rather let us be revitalize with a togetherness that gives us the strength and passion to work through our differences for the betterment of our town, village or county. Fall is in the air and that means a Homecoming for us all.

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