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Bonfires, Vegas and superheros at Whittell

Bonfires, barbecue, crazy hair day, Las Vegas — it’s all a part of homecoming at Whittell High School.

The homecoming spirit week began Monday when Whittell’s leadership students decorated hallways and made arrangements to build two floats in conjunction with this year’s homecoming theme: “A Night in Las Vegas.”

The celebration builds in intensity all week with various events and themes until the Warrior football team plays Hawthorne on Saturday at 2 p.m. in a 2A Northern Region confrontation.

Whittell is coming off back-to-back defeats on the road against some of the toughest 2A teams. With consecutive losses to Lovelock and West Wendover, who are both undefeated, the Warriors are eager to be back on their home field.

Hawthorne, 0-3 in league and 0-5 overall, hasn’t been able to put it together on offense this year, and Warrior coach Mike Evans said this homecoming will be a long time coming for the Warriors (1-2, 2-3 overall).

Whittell’s two floats will be displayed during halftime at the football game. At the same time, students will learn the result of this year’s homecoming king and queen election.

Whittell students nominated Phillip Bowman, Joe Byne, Ian Haessly and Adrian “A.P.” Faccinetti as homecoming king and Kathy Kiger, Kim McGlothlin, Jackie Laurian, Ashley Wines and Shelly Zaskoda as homecoming queen.

This is the second time in five years Whittell will build floats. “Float wars,” sabotaging other students’ floats, was a problem in the past. But Whittell’s two floats will be constructed in the bus building by the seniors and sophomores, and the juniors and freshman in the leadership class.

Following the game, many of Whittell’s students will head to the homecoming dance at 8 p.m. in the commons.

One of the larger homecoming days was Tuesday, “pajama day,” when faculty and students came to school in their favorite pajamas. The volleyball team also trounced Incline in three games and half of the student body gathered in the stands at the football field for a “buck-a-burger bonfire” with music by the student band “Misdirection.”

The leadership class amassed more than $200 selling burgers with salad and cake and soft drinks, said Lindsay Wines, who teaches the leadership class.

Some students, such as Derek Kolstad, Casey Brumbach and Greg Tindel dyed or spiked their hair for “crazy hair day” on Wednesday.

“This is my first one,” Kolstad said of homecoming. He didn’t ask a date, but is going with a group.

More Whittell hoopla is planned for today with “super hero day” and a pep rally on Friday.

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