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Spirit week and homecoming festivities held at North Collins Junior-Senior High School

SCHOOL SPIRIT — Pictured, from left: Princess Morgan Parnitzke, Prince Austin Winter, King Vincenzo Giancaspro and Queen Taren Mancuso. Photos submitted by Terri Gier.
NORTH COLLINS — The students at the North Collins Junior-Senior High School participated in a variety of events, leading up to their annual homecoming day on Sept. 28.

During the week of Sept. 23 – 27, the students and staff members celebrated “‘Merica Day,” “Green and Gold Day,” “Character Day,” “Retro Day” and “Color War Day.”

Spirit week festivities culminated in a pep rally and included different grade levels, dressed in their assigned colors, competing against each other in activities such as a tug of war, egg splash, turkey bowling and scooter races.

The high school band, directed by Ruth Davis, entertained the crowd as the cheerleading squad cheered everyone along.

SCHOOL SPIRIT — Senior Beth Kibler and junior Carly Richardson stand next to the performance piece they created, during the pep rally.
As part of the pep rally, student artists Carly Richardson and Beth Kibler created a performance piece; a 6-by-6-foot canvas was mounted on a stand, allowing the two artists to rotate the painting as they worked. The result: an eagle they created in 7 minutes, in front of the student body at the pep rally.

A crowd gathered on Sept. 28, to watch both the girls varsity and boys varsity soccer teams compete against visiting Cassadaga Valley teams. Both North Collins teams came away with wins. The high school victories were followed by the annual alumni soccer game, organized by the varsity club; 25 alumni players came out to play.

Those from the even graduation years took on those from the odd graduation years, with the even years team’s winning in a shoot-out after the game ended at 2 – 2.

The “Under the Stars” homecoming dance for students in grades nine – 12 ended the week’s festivities. The royal court was crowned at the dance; selected by their peers were King Vincenzo Giancaspro, Queen Taren Mancuso, Prince Austin Winter and Princess Morgan Parnitzke.

Other students nominated for the royal court were Christian Gottschalk, Ben Schubert, Julia Seege, Destiny Kennedy, Chris Pulinski, Randy Brinkman, Arrika Bley and Ashlynn Laukhuff.

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