Hayden High School senior student council president Delanie VeDepo has been busy in recent weeks helping organize this week’s homecoming events.

Photo by Matt Stensland

Hayden High School senior student council president Delanie VeDepo has been busy in recent weeks helping organize this week’s homecoming events.

Hayden homecoming events not just for students

School staff, faculty also enjoy interaction of planning activities during celebratory week

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Homecoming activities

Today

7 p.m. Powderpuff football at the high school football field

8:15 p.m. Bonfire at the high school southwest parking lot

Friday

1 to 2 p.m. Parade on Jefferson Avenue (call 276-3761 to participate)

2 p.m. Pep rally at the high school football field

4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Junior varsity volleyball

6:30 p.m. Varsity volleyball

7:30 p.m. Football

10 p.m. Dance

— The entrance to Hayden High School looks like an advertisement for homecoming week.

Painted in black, orange and white are the week’s activities and events. Student Council President Delanie VeDepo said homecoming is about more than the students. She said it’s for the entire community.

“Just being a small town, everybody knows each other,” said VeDepo, a senior. “It’s great to see everyone come home. And it’s a celebration of high school and everything that’s going on.”

Principal Troy Zabel expanded on VeDepo’s point. He said homecoming is important for every high school but has special significance for a smaller community.

“The community focuses on the school and what’s going on,” he said. “A lot of residents graduated from the school. It gives them an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate the school.”

Some of those events painted on the school’s entrance are today’s 8:15 p.m. bonfire and all the Friday events. There’s the 1 p.m. parade, 2 p.m. pep rally, 6:30 p.m. varsity volleyball and 7:30 p.m. football game Friday against Rangely, where the homecoming king and queen will be crowned.

The dance is at 10 p.m. Fri­day. The theme is Tigers Rock the Ages.

In addition to the events, the high school’s Battle of the Classes is Friday morning. Each day this week, students dress up to a different theme. Wednesday was class colors day. Today, students will dress as nerds. And on Friday, the entire school will wear black and orange to display school spirit.

English teacher Amy Hansen, who co-sponsors the Student Council, said students have worked to prepare homecoming activities on their own time. She said in addition to the Student Council, students participating in the National Honor Society and the high school’s cheerleaders have been planning homecoming.

VeDepo said 20 to 25 students have worked on the planning, which started at a retreat in mid-August before the school year began. She said it’s been a lot work, but fun. The students aren’t the only ones enjoying it.

“I think we get to interact with the kids in a different way during homecoming week,” Zabel said. “They see us more as human.”

VeDepo said that after all the planning, the activities and events are starting to come together. She said there’s only one thing left to do.

“Now it’s just time for us to sit back, relax and watch our hard work pay off,” she said.

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