Homecoming week full for Eudora High School
As Eudora High School's homecoming week nears an apex, it seems all that's left is for the boys football team to square off against Anderson County and this year's royalty to be crowned.
Not so fast.
There's still the annual homecoming dance and one more day of wild costumes Friday.
On the final day of spirit week, the halls will be filled with red shirts and crazy hats.
Like the swallows returning to Capistrano, the Cardinals will return to Eudora.
"The students are always excited about getting to do something fun and different during the week," Eudora High School counselor Paul Walrod said. "We will have a daily winner."
The celebrations started Sept. 28 with the announcement of the homecoming candidates: king candidates David Westerhouse, Joey Chino and Erryn Kindle and queen candidates Brittney Graff, Christina Pyle and Paige Schultz.
Since the announcement, the candidates haven't noticed much buzz in the hallways as to who would be crowned Friday. They did notice something else unique about the group.
"I think it's a first for me because there's no football players," Chino said.
Both Chino and Graff are on the Eudora High School cross country team. Kindle and Westerhouse are on the soccer team.
On Monday, students took part in what could have been the most comfortable day of the week---- pajama day.
Tuesday no evil was too small when students dressed as their favorite superheroes.
"I saw Spiderman -- that was kind of cool," Pyle said.
The middle of homecoming week featured several new twists on an old standard.
First, the annual homecoming parade, in which classes and student groups prepared floats en route to a citywide pep rally, flowed backward this year.
"In the past, we started in the stadium and went from the stadium down to the community learning center where we had the rally and bonfire," Walrod said.
This year the parade began on Seventh Street near Eudora City Hall and wound its way to 14th Street to Maple in the front of the Eudora Nursing Center and ended at Laws Field, where the celebrations continued.
The community showed its spirit with the fall sports teams and the Cardinal cheerleaders, but unlike years past, there was no bonfire.
Students will experience a blast from the past Thursday as they dress up for an "Old School/Grade School" day.
"We will be keeping track throughout the week the percentage of participation by class," Walrod said.
The class participating most during homecoming week will be rewarded, Walrod said.
"The best dressed will also have a prize at the end of the week," he said.
Friday morning students will have another pep rally and the last chance to see their homecoming candidates before polls open at lunch.
"That way students can make sure and get reintroduced to who the candidates are," Walrod said.
The homecoming candidates are savoring the experience.
"I think it shows some support in our class for us," Chino said.
"Everyone comes up and congratulates us," he said.
Although the group will be in the spotlight Friday, the focus is still on the game.
"Hopefully, we just won't lose like Gardner did at their homecoming," Chino said.