Hayden homecoming week will paint town black, orange

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— It’s homecoming week in Hayden as local students are painting the town Tigers black and orange in celebration of this year’s theme, “A Night of Stars.”

Hayden homecoming events schedule

Monday

■ H.S. dress-up day: “Tacky Tourist”

■ King and queen royalty voting

■ “Shirley Temples” at lunch

Tuesday

■ H.S. dress-up day: “City vs. Country”

■ Volleyball at Soroco

Wednesday

■ H.S. dress-up day: “Johnny and June”

■ Powderpuff football at 7 p.m.

■ Bonfire at 8:30 p.m.

Thursday

■ H.S. dress-up day: “Class Colors”

■ Chili challenge at H.S. lobby, 4:30 to 7 p.m.

■ Volleyball vs. North Park at 5:30 p.m.

■ “Macho Volleyball” H.S. gym at

7 p.m.

Friday

■ All-district dress-up day: “Black and Orange”

■ Homecoming parade at 1 p.m.

■ Pep rally at 2 p.m.

■ Tailgate party at 5:30 p.m.

■ Football vs. Rangely at 7 p.m.

Saturday

■ Volleyball vs. Rangely at 2 p.m.

■ Homecoming dance at 9 p.m., “A Night of Stars”

Student council sponsor and Hayden High School art teacher Susan Koehler said the 13 boys and girls in student council settled on the Hollywood movies theme while soaking in a hot tub during their annual retreat this summer.

During the weekend, class representatives began decorating windows across town and campus while also preparing their themed floats that will be on full display for Friday’s homecoming parade at 1 p.m. Float themes vary by class. Seniors adopted a “Pirates of the Caribbean” theme while juniors are highlighting “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” sophomores are spotlighting “Jurassic Park” and freshmen are decorating with a “Star Wars” theme.

The week features different dress-up days and after-school activities for students, culminating with Friday’s parade, which all of Hayden anticipates.

The homecoming parade will begin at Hayden Valley Elementary and head past the high school in order of class, from seniors to middle schoolers and elementary students.

“The whole town comes out onto the street and watches,” Koehler said. “It’s kind of a big deal. All schools are involved. It’s a big, fun deal. The town gets really excited about it. A lot of them are alums.”

For Hayden High School, it marks a week out of the year to compete in everything from the dress-up days to the always anticipated powderpuff football game Wednesday. And, as senior volleyball player Becca Hoza explains, the upperclassmen have the biggest targets on their backs.

“It gets very heated,” Hoza said. “Mostly everyone wants to beat the seniors. You, of course, want to beat the freshmen and sophomores. You can’t have the lowerclassmen beat you and show you up.”

While girls swap roles with the football players Wednesday, the boys will be preparing for Thursday’s “Macho Volleyball” game for a chance to show what they have in front of the net.

Friday marks the most anticipated day among students, who only have to report to class for an hour before taking in a day full of homecoming festivities. A Friday favorite is the Dodgeball Extravaganza, in which classes from the high school and middle school can pummel one another on the court. Students also have a chance to peg their teachers in the staff game.

Friday night, Hayden football will take on Rangely at 7 p.m., and on Saturday, volleyball also will play host to the Panthers at 2 p.m.

“I’ve been looking forward to this game for years,” Hoza said about her final homecoming volleyball match. “To get that win would be great. It would be a really good start to my senior year and a good highlight to my senior year in volleyball.”

To reach Ben Ingersoll, call 970-871-4204, email bingersoll@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @BenMIngersoll

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