The Year of the Ram

Soroco High School Homecoming Week theme reflects Chinese zodiac calendar

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What: Soroco Homecoming Week

Where: Soroco High School and Middle School

When: Events planned Monday through Saturday include daily themed dress-up days.

- Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. powder puff game; 8:30 p.m. bonfire

- Thursday: 5:30 to 7 p.m. chili cook-off, 7 p.m. boys power volleyball

- Friday: 1:45 p.m. parade, 4, 5 and 6 p.m. volleyball games against Paonia, 7:30 p.m. football game against Paonia

- Saturday: 9 p.m. to midnight homecoming dance

— For Soroco High School's Class of 2007, this is their year. Literally.

It is the year of the ram on the Chinese zodiac, and it also is the year of the Soroco Ram.

The theme for the upcoming Homecoming Week is "The Year of the Ram."

Student body leader Chelsea Bonfiglio, the high school's head girl, said it isn't a coincidence - it's fate.

"It's really cool that it worked out like that. It was meant to be," she said.

Bonfiglio said she and a group of dedicated high school students have been working the past four weeks to incorporate that theme into every homecoming week activity, although much of it is "top secret," she said.

She did, however, divulge how excited the community is to come out and support the Rams.

"The powder puff game is going to be wicked. I'm not even kidding," she said. "We already have our playbooks out and everything. It's going to be like a real football game."

The power volleyball game also looks promising, she said.

"The boys don't have as much strategy, but it's a lot of fun because they really get in to it," she said.

The school's homecoming football game and volleyball games against Paonia are Friday, as is the homecoming parade.

"The teams are really looking good. They're getting better every day," Bonfiglio said.

Soroco Middle and High Sch-ool Principal Dr. James Cham-berlin said he hopes to see many Soroco alumni at Friday's game.

"We invite the entire community to come out and cheer on and support their Soroco Rams. I think it'll be a really exciting game because Paonia is definitely a powerhouse in the league. We'll have to bring our best," he said.

Chamberlin said Soroco's homecoming week always brings the community together, especially for signature events like the chili cook-off.

Bonfiglio agreed.

"The chili cook-off is a blast. There are always like 40 or 50 different chilis or soups, and you just go down the line, sample everything and vote," she said.

Phyllis Watwood, one of the chili cook-off event organizers, said her favorite part about the cook-off is people-watching.

"We ask people to dress up in costumes that match their chili names, and sometimes it can get pretty interesting," she said.

Admission is $5 and includes dessert and a drink. Students are admitted for free, she said.

Chamberlin said the students have done an impressive job of putting together a stellar week full of celebration.

"I am really proud of our student leaders who have really taken it upon themselves to organize everything," he said.

Bonfiglio said her class wanted to make the homecoming week as special as possible, which meant taking Saturday's homecoming dance from a jeans and T-shirt affair to a semi-formal event.

"We're really stepping everything up," she said.

For those who wish to support the Rams in another way, the Oak Creek Labor Day Committee will be selling homecoming mums until Wednesday. Call 736-2569 for more information.

- To reach Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234 or e-mail adelacruz@steamboatpilot.com

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