by Erica Thulen
Erie/Prophetstown’s homecoming week begins this coming Monday, September 11. Dresses are being bought, ties are being matched, and students are getting excited! This year’s “Harry Potter” homecoming theme is stirring the cauldron. Darien Achs, a junior and avid Harry Potter fan, shared her thoughts on this enchanting theme: “I am extremely excited for the Harry Potter theme. It’s always been something I’ve dreamed of doing, and I’m pumped to see what the student council comes up with.”
Students are breaking out their wands and robes in preparation for the upcoming dress up days, which are unlike any other! On Monday, seek out your favorite sports apparel for "Quidditch" day. Tuesday, channel your inner “muggle” by wearing a hobo costume. Come clad in your favorite wizard, villain, or ghost gear on Wednesday for Harry Potter day. On Thursday, find the Fred to your George for twin day. Finally on Friday, concluding the dress up days, show off your Panther pride with spirit day! A week of dress-up days and class competitions will conclude with a pep assembly on Friday. The assembly is open to the public and will begin at approximately 12:15 p.m. with the infamous “Battle of the Bands” and other class competitions. Coronation will be approximately 1:00, with the parade immediately following at 2:00 p.m.
Friday night’s homecoming game will begin with the fresh-soph at 5:30 p.m. and the varsity at 7:30 p.m. in Erie. Homecoming court will be announced immediately after the fresh-soph game. Our Panthers will battle the St. Bede Bruins and will come out hungry for victory after last year’s loss. Mr. Tyler Whitebread, assistant football coach stated, “We are working extremely hard for the homecoming football game. You know it’s easy during homecoming week to get caught up with the dance and other games and things going on, but we have a job to do, so we’re definitely focusing on playing a good football game.” The Panthers need some fan support, so come out and cheer for the home team!
Of course, a magical homecoming wouldn't be complete without a charming court! The freshmen attendants this year are Jaime Miner, son of Chad and Marci Miner; and Mckayla Matusko, daughter of Melissa Matusko and Todd Matusko. Our sophomore attendants are Tyler Smith, son of Jason and Amy Smith; and Destiny Jackson, daughter of Eric Jackson and Eleanore Honeycutt. The junior class attendants are Travis Coleman, son of Mike and Mary Coleman; and Clare Stone, daughter of Jason and Angie Stone. In the running for homecoming king is Kyle Stover, son of Chad and Shelli Reiling; Cooper Stock, son of Becky and Christian Stock; and Caden Swift, son of David and Nicole Swift. The senior girls in the running are Maddie Newton, daughter of Matt and Sandy Newton; Riley Redell, daughter of Brooke Redell and Brad Tichler and Justin and Nicole Besse; and Allyssa Kistler, daughter of Brandy and Eric Cooper.
The dance will take place at Prophetstown High School from 8-11 p.m., concluding a homecoming week that is sure to be spellbinding!