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Stephanie Raper
In the Loop Editor

Homecoming


Are you ready for some football? Grenada Charger Homecoming football that is! After the long holiday weekend, the Grenada Chargers are geared up for Homecoming this Friday, and many activities are planned this week to celebrate the annual event.

Homecoming week kicked off today with the first of four “dress-up” days designed to encourage school spirit. Students are allowed to wear different, theme-inspired tops on each day, but must wear dress-code appropriate bottoms (pants, skirts, shorts, etc.). Dress-up theme days are as follows: Tuesday – Twin Day; Wednesday – Tacky Day; Thursday – Character Day; and Friday – Spirit Day. Character day is a new addition this year. Students are encouraged to dress as a character from Disney, cartoons, books, etc. Dress code bottoms do not have to be worn on Character Day as long as the bottom half of the student’s costume is a part of their character’s regalia and is appropriate for the school atmosphere. If the bottom half is not in keeping with the character’s attire or the student chooses not to dress up, dress code rules apply.

Homecoming practice for maids and escorts is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday during the Long Morning Activity period from 8:40a.m. – 9:30a.m. All maids and escorts must attend practice. This year’s maids include: Seniors – Jessica Hood, Ashley King, Rachelle Lewis, Valencia McFadden; Juniors – Breanna Bess, Rodneisha Leigh; Sophomores – Lexy Ballard, Memoree Weathers; and Freshmen – Rachel Braswell and Cocoa Hall.

On Wednesday, GHS students have the opportunity to relieve some stress by participating in “Swing a Lick” at Charger Stadium. Students who purchase $2.00 tickets will be allowed to take two swings with a baseball bat at a demolition car with faculty and staff names painted on its sides. This event is sponsored by the Grenada Career and Technical Center’s Skills USA team. Proceeds will be used to purchase official, red Skills USA jackets for team members. This production should provide some premium entertainment!

The annual Charger Olympics take place on Thursday in the GHS gym. Teams of six from each class plus a teacher team will compete in wacky games for the honor of being named Charger Olympic Champion. There’s nothing like a little friendly competition to get the student body in the Homecoming spirit! Teams will compete in the Hula-Hoop Shuffle, Shoe Relay, Teacher Drag Race, and the all-time favorite Tug-of-War. First through third place teams receive horseshoe medals in the traditional gold, silver, and bronze. Fourth and fifth place teams claim horseshoe medals painted in school colors for participation. Charger Olympic student team members for this year include: Seniors – Jamarquis Amos, Jessica Campbell, Presley Coleman, Stephanie Conley, Zack Crouch, and Shelby Phelon; Juniors – Jarius Blunt, Payne Horan, Marquilla Meeks, Mallory Pounds, Hannah Thomas, and Fadarius Woods; Sophomores – Adriana Amos, Jamarcus Cashaw, Dillion Jacks, Clayton Nelms, Harley Rawles, and Sydney Taylor; Freshmen – Sarah Casiday, Laura Gaskin, Jay Martin, Lexy Moss, Tray Pegram, and Kesner Spencer. The student body pays $2.00 to attend this event which benefits the GHS Annual Staff. Proceeds go towards the cost of yearbook production and equipment.

Friday is the big day for Homecoming and begins with the Homecoming Pep Rally at 8:40a.m. Weather permitting, the pep rally is held at Charger Stadium with the entire student body participating. Zany games directed by the GHS Cheerleaders will entertain the onlookers and pump up the spirit for the game later that evening. After school, the countdown begins until the 2011-2012 Homecoming Queen is announced. The Homecoming Court will be presented in a pre-game ceremony that begins at 7:00p.m. Prior to the ceremony, maids and escorts will report to the B Building lobby at GHS for pictures. The mini-parade will begin approximately 15 – 30 minutes before the Court is presented. Parade participants include the NJROTC, GHS Cheerleaders, GHS Band, and Homecoming Maids and escorts. After the Homecoming ceremony – let the football begin! The GHS Charger football team is led this year by Head Coach Ashley Kuhn; Danny Aldridge – Wide Receivers; John Davis – Wingbacks; Chad Griffin – Defensive Line; Curtis Hardy – Fullbacks; Matt McCrory – Quarterbacks; David Parker – Defensive Coordinator; Colin Ray/Wesley Richardson – Offensive Line; Stan Robertson – Linebackers; and Cameron Tawater – Defensive Backs. Senior team members playing their last Charger Homecoming game include Ryan Artman, Jaylan Bledsoe, Zach Crouch, Deyodre Gaston, Deontavious James, Johnathon Logan, Shaq Tables, Mandella Topps, and Darius White. Make plans to come out and support the Grenada Chargers as they battle the Charleston Tigers for another win this Friday night at GHS Homecoming.