A pep assembly, football games and Saturday’s dance culminate this year’s Homecoming at Churchill County High School.
Students will cheer and scream for not only their classes in spirit competitions, but they will also root for the Greenwave when the junior varsity and varsity play longtime rival Fernley at the Edward Arciniega Athletic Complex.
The junior varsity game begins at 4:30 p.m., followed by the varsity at 7 pm.
During halftime of the varsity game, the band and cheerleaders will perform, and then the big moment for everyone: The introduction of this year’s royalty, who will circle the track in convertibles and then walk under swords drawn by Navy Junior ROTC cadets will usher in the crowning of this year’s Homecoming king and queen.
The seniors vying for king and queen include Dustin Gross, Jared Huston, Rosemary Kufalk, Beau Marshall, Micaiah Saling, and Victoria Leigh Ward.
Huston said school and community spirit for Homecoming is important.
“It shows that our school has the passion to show our community we have amazing school spirit,” Huston said.
Huston said he has dressed up daily for the theme days and is participating in today’s assembly.
Huston said he is honored to represent his class as a king candidate.
“I have secretly always wanted it, and now I have my chance,” said Huston, who wants to attend UNLV next year majoring in theater and dance.
Kufalk said being involved in this week’s events has been important her and that she has enjoyed the dress-up days.
“I am participating by dressing up for theme days and going to all of the activities that are planned,” she said.
Kufalk, who plans to attend Western Nevada College after graduation, said it is an honor to represent the seniors as part of the royalty.
With Homecoming winding down, she hopes the seniors leave a legacy.
“I want to see us leave them a huge pride in school spirit and be proud of where they come from … CCHS,” she said.
Beau Marshall said school spirit is a time when students show their school pride.
“I’ve participated in homecoming by helping with Powder Puff (football) and doing the bonfire and also going on my football team’s float (in the parade),” he said.
Marshall said he feels proud to represent his class as a king candidate, and he wants the school to continue with its great spirit once the seniors leave.
Marshall, a member of the football team, said he would eventually like to become a veterinarian.
Saling is one of three queen candidate and has enjoyed Homecoming week.
“It amplifies the town and student body for the big game on Friday,” she said. “I encouraged others to participate in homecoming, and I participate myself.”
Saling said she has “loved” representing her class as part of royalty.
“I love my class so much that it’s such a blessing,” said Saling, who would like to attend college majoring in criminal justice.
Ward said the seniors should leave a legacy for the underclassmen to show support for their school and community and to stand up for something for which they are proud.
That included the Homecoming spirit.
“This is a time for students to come together and support each other,” she said. “The community of Fallon is blessed with a tightly knit community, and we, as students, play a role in this during Homecoming.”
Ward said she dressed up everyday and encouraged others to participate.
“I am honored to have been given the change to represent my class and my friends, and I will wear my crown with pride, she said of being a queen candidate.
Ward said she plans to attend Biola University after graduation, majoring in media.
Gross, who is a senior interested in theater, dance and choir, was not available for comment.
Underclassmen in this year’s Homecoming royalty Zoey Swisher and Javier Venegas, freshmen; Jose Sanchez and Kay Biggs, sophomores; and Blane Merkley and Tifanny Marshall, juniors.
Swisher said the school and community bring the students together through dress-up days and activities.
“I was surprised when I found out, but I feel honored to be representing our freshman class (in royalty),” she said.
Biggs said it’s good for students to show their spirit because high school has some of the best times.
“This is an experience to remember, so why not participate,” she said.
Biggs said it is an indescribable feeling to be part of the 2013 Homecoming royalty.
Merkley said students thrive from community support.
“With a strong, supportive community, we could only hope to push ourselves harder at practice and win state championships,” he said.
According to Merkley, he participated in the dress-up days and activities, and the junior said he feels honored to represent his class as part of the royalty.
“It’s satisfying knowing that you are doing something right in life, and there’s never been a moment when I wanted to let my class down,” he said.
Likewise, Tiffany Marshall said Homecoming week has been fun.
“I was involved in the Powder Puff football game Monday and also represented my class in lip sync on Wednesday,” she said.
Marshall, like her classmates, said it is an honor to be part of the court.
“This is every little girl’s dream,” she said. “Not only do I get to be a princess, but I also feel like I must be making some positive impact on people’s lives for them to vote for me.”