Last year's Hayden High School seniors, the class of 2008, show their Tiger spirit during the school's homecoming parade in October 2007. This year's Hayden homecoming events start today.

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Last year's Hayden High School seniors, the class of 2008, show their Tiger spirit during the school's homecoming parade in October 2007. This year's Hayden homecoming events start today.

Hayden homecoming kicks off

Week includes new events; team plays Rangely next week


Hayden High School homecoming events

- Today: 9 a.m., school hall and window decorating

- Saturday: Begin building floats

- Monday: Old school dress-up day (dress in clothes from your favorite decade)

Lunchtime: Spirit kickoff with treats in high school lobby

4:30 p.m.: Junior varsity football at West Grand

5 p.m.: Volleyball vs. DeBeque

- Tuesday: Camouflage dress-up day

- Wednesday: Crazy necktie dress-up day

5 to 7 p.m.: Chili Cook-off at cafeteria

7 to 8:30 p.m.: Macho volleyball at high school gym

- Thursday: Twin dress-up day, partner with a friend and dress alike

7 to 8:15 p.m.: Powder puff football, high school football field

8:30 p.m.: Bonfire, south parking lot

- Oct. 3: Back in Black dress-up day

8 to 11:30 a.m.: Battle of the classes

12:30 to 12:45 p.m.: Line up for parade at Hayden Valley Elementary parking lot

1 to 2 p.m.: Parade

2 p.m.: Pep rally, football field

4, 5 and 6 p.m.: Volleyball vs. Rangely

7:30 p.m.: Football homecoming game, vs. Rangely, coronation at halftime

- Oct. 4: 9 p.m. to midnight, Hayden High School Homecoming Dance

— Hayden High School is launching into its "Back in Black" homecoming celebration today, jump-starting a busy week of activities with hallway and window decorating.

"We've got an awesome Student Council, and they're going great guns on it," said Susan Koehler, art teacher and council sponsor.

The council plans the activities each year. The lineup mostly matches previous years, but new events include a knowledge bowl and window decorating. A battle of the classes, which includes a dodgeball tournament, is scheduled for the morning of Oct. 3.

The freshman, sophomore, junior and senior classes each have selected five representatives for the knowledge bowl, Koehler said. Staff members also will participate.

"We're trying to play it up for them to come up with a team name and some kind of gimmick," she said. "It's turning into kind of a fun, more academic event, so we can celebrate not only our athletes during homecoming but all of our students."

Each class chose two students to decorate school windows, Koehler said, which provides recognition to artistic teens, too.

Events culminate with athletics. The Tigers football team plays Rangely at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3.

The "Back in Black" theme relates to the team, which has new black pants this year, Student Council member Skyler Cless said. Jake Magee, football player and council vice president, suggested the theme. The 13-member council backed it, Cless said. Parade floats will focus on the theme.

"People are pretty excited and pumped for homecoming," said Cless, a junior class representative. "It's one of the funner parts of the year."

The council also is raising money to furnish a student lounge in the school lobby. For $25, businesses can advertise on Hayden's football and volleyball rosters. They must provide a business card. Businesses that want to place ads should go to Hayden High School or call the school at 276-3761 and ask for Koehler. The council is seeking to have all advertisers by Wednesday and is accepting donations.

Cless said the lounge would be useful, particularly for seniors.

"Some of the people who come in early kind of hang out in the halls, so they want to have a place they can be without distracting other students," he said.

The council isn't the only group working to make homecoming special, Koehler said. Student artists are painting a mural on a wall facing the football field, to be revealed at the homecoming game, Koehler said.

Six students are working on the project on their own time, she said. Cless, Caitlin Ormesher, Brett Gabel, Ryan Mahaffie, Bailey Harper and Casey Zabel are involved.

"It will look like tigers in cages," Koehler said about the wall. "So it's really ferocious."


bananasma 8 years, 7 months ago

Susan Koehler is a gifted asset and a blessing to our schools and our community. We really needed someone like her. She has a heart for the kids and what she teaches, and it shows. Thank you.


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