Students and teachers will be stepping back and forward through time all next week as part of the homecoming festivities.
This year’s theme for the homecoming parade is time twist. The senior float will be in the future while another 11 floats will deal with different periods.
STUGO, or Student Government, sponsors the parade and the week’s other events.
The homecoming festivities kicked off last week with a food drive. This year, the classes are pitted against each other to see who can turn in the most food by Wednesday. Students who turn in a can receive a ticket for a chance to win a movie ticket, said junior Jacquelyn Oesterblad. If the seniors win, for example, everyone who donated in that class will win a prize. This keeps students who do not donate from winning along with those who do, said Shelly Camp, STUGO sponsor.
The following day, Thursday, activities continue with the annual bonfire near the high school’s main parking lot.
Following tradition, a replica of the competing school’s mascot will be burned. This year it is the Santa Cruz Dust Devils.
Earlier in the day, students will attend the Homecoming pep rally where the senior court will play games and the band, choir and cheerleaders will perform.
On Friday, it is the homecoming parade on Main Street starting at 2 p.m. English teacher Jonathan Ball will emcee the parade out front of Re-Runs Resale Boutique.
That evening, at 7 p.m., the Longhorns will take on the Dust Devils in the school’s second home game of the season.
At halftime, royalty will be crowned. Past royalty from last year, 10 years and 20 years ago will also be present for the crowing.
Homecoming festivities will wrap up at the traditional dance held from 8 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, Sept. 26 in the old Payson High School gymnasium. The theme of this year’s dance is the ’50s. Throughout the week, students and teachers can participate in spirit days. On Tuesday it is dress like a nerd; Wednesday, opposite day (where girls dress like boys and vice versa); Thursday, hippie day and Friday, pride day, where everyone wears purple.