It's Homecoming Week

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What do you remember from high school? A touchdown scored? Your junior prom dress? A passed algebra test or a day in detention? All those thoughts will be dancing in the minds of alumni as Payson High School celebrates homecoming this week.

Activities kicked off Friday, Sept. 15, in Wilson Dome with a spirited pep assembly.

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A class competition held at a kickoff assembly Sept. 15 in Wilson Dome involved seeing which PHS student could slurp milk the fastest from a miniature baby bottle. Activities continued throughout the week and will culminate Sept. 23 with the annual homecoming dance.

At the assembly, the Ugly Longhorn made its first appearance of homecoming week (See story in sports).

The first to find Ugly, who was hidden Monday near the Gila County sanitary plant, was Scott Perone.

Today, Tuesday, will be highlighted by the traditional bonfire and games from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Payson Event Center.

Also, student government sponsor Anna Van Zile will host a barbecue cook-off for students who had signed up the previous week. The cook off is from 6 to 7 p.m.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, is designated "Sports Hero Dress Up" day.

Students are to don the costume of their favorite sports hero.

At the kick off assembly, junior Nick Alexander had already figured out who is hero was. He strutted onto mid floor of Wilson dome wearing a singlet, flexing his biceps and telling fellow students he was former Payson High School wrestling coach, Dennis Pirch. His antics and garb drew plenty of hoots and hollers from the student body.

Tomorrow, float building will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. in the auto shop and the hunt for Ugly will continue on the streets of Payson.

Thursday has been designated as Cowboy Day and attire will be Western. Also, an attendants assembly will be held in the auditorium, royalty voting will take place and float building will continue from 5 to 10 p.m.

Friday is Purple and Gold Day for the students and faculty.

Rim Country Middle School will get in on the homecoming festivities by hosting the Saw Mill Mile cross country race on Main Street at 1:15 p.m. The finish line is located near the county offices at the corner of Main and Beeline.

At 1:45 p.m., the Sludge to the Judge high school event begins at the Gila County Sanitary Plant and ends on Main near the county offices.

Payson Justice of the Peace Dorothy Little is expected to be on hand to award trophies to the boys and girls winners.

Immediately after the run, the homecoming parade begins at Green Valley Park and travels down Main Street before wrapping up on Payson High School's north parking lot.

Football action begins against long-time East rival Snowflake with kick off at 7 p.m. Halftime will include performances by the Longhorn marching band and the spirit line. Also, the 2006 homecoming king and queen will be crowned.

The homecoming dance this year will be held on Saturday. The theme of the semi-formal is "Viva Las Vegas."

All homecoming activities are sponsored by PHS student government.

-- To reach Max Foster call 474-5251 ext. 112 or e-mail mfoster@payson.com

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