Soroco High School 2008 homecoming royalty
King and Queen
Dylan de la Mater
Oak Creek There are two words commonly used to describe homecoming week at Soroco High School: fun and busy, said freshman Lauryn Bruggink, cheering on the Rams as they took on Nucla in a Saturday afternoon football game.
Clad in their fan gear for the game, Bruggink and her friends would next don their volleyball uniforms for their own sport later in the afternoon, then rush home to put on their dresses before Saturday's "Hollywood Nights" homecoming dance - and the requisite pre-dance meal at Penny's Diner.
"More fun than a regular week of school," Bruggink said. "But it's busy."
Students enjoyed a week of activities in the lead-up to Saturday's homecoming dance and football game, including lunchtime Guitar Hero and dress-up themes including "Bling-bling Day." They also spent time decorating the school's hallways and each grade's float for Saturday morning's homecoming parade.
"It was a fun week. Everything came together," music teacher Kelli Turnipseed said.
Seniors Mike Davis and Sarajane Rossi were crowned the 2008 homecoming king and queen during a pregame ceremony Saturday afternoon. The rest of the court was also honored on the football field, with the help of Soroco High School 2007 graduates Kelsey Samuelson and Toni Lombardi.
Decked out in their sashes and crowns, the homecoming royalty - most of the girls in heels, some opting for more field-appropriate flip-flops - clambered into the back of a decorated pickup truck for a lap around the field.
Preceding their competitive games Saturday, Soroco students tried their hands at opposing sports earlier in the week.
The girls, split into maroon and white teams, took the field for the perennial favorite powder puff football game Wednesday night.
"It was pretty much awesome," sophomore Alex Smith said.
The school then turned the tables, with the boys playing power volleyball Thursday.
"They should have called it testosterone volleyball," sophomore Caitlin Berry said.