Photo by Libby Nachtigel
ROYALTY—Seniors Brady Grapevine and Queen Jena Mitchell were crowned to reign over the 95th OLD week following the variety show Sept. 19 in the WHS auditorium.

95th Orange Letter Days Homecoming Week Sept. 17-22 
From NOW Staff Reports

Sept. 22 will be an Orange Letter Day as the 95th annual homecoming at WHS reaches it’s climax.

After a week of “Versus” competition, Warriors will come together and wear their best orange, black and white on Spirit Day Friday. Homecoming t-shirts that were pre-ordered can be picked up today outside the main gym entrance. 

Some will even decorate their cars (without reducing visibility or drivability, of course) with their best Warrior Spirit and will be eligible for prizes awarded at Friday’s pep rally.

Teachers and their classes can also get into the Warrior spirit by decorating classroom doors, and the classes with the best doors will receive a prize during the rally, as well.

Teacher Jim Trett said participation has been excellent this year, so far.

“Dress up days are really good,” Trett said. “Student and teacher participation has been outstanding.” 

After an abbreviated class schedule Friday, students will enjoy the traditional pizza feed, homecoming carnival and the variety show encore all afternoon.  Groups will be divided in half by the color of their pizza feed ticket—tickets will be sold today during lunch as well as Friday morning for $5. No school lunch will be served that day and there will be no open lunch. 

Following the afternoon events, students will end their school day at the homecoming pep rally in the main gym as they celebrate Warrior pride and get fired up for the football game vs. Rapid City Stevens at 5 p.m. at Howard Wood Field. 

The homecoming royalty court, including seniors King Brady Grapevine and Queen Jena Mitchell, will be introduced before the game.  Usual ticket prices will apply and activity tickets will be honored.

Mitchell said she was honored with the title.

“It was a great honor and experience to be chosen as queen and it is a great way to start off my senior year,” Mitchell said.

Stevens is currently 3-1, with their only loss to the Roosevelt Rough Riders in Week One, 53-13. Since then, they have beaten Watertown 14-13, Spearfish 33-2, and Aberdeen Central 14-0. They are currently No. 2 in Power Points to the Warriors.

Coach Chad Stadem said the Warriors will need to bring their ‘A’ game on Friday.

“Stevens is coming in at 3-1 as the second seed, so it should be a good and competitive game,” Stadem said. “I’m excited to see our crowd, and how loud they can get.”

Senior center Will Farniok said it will be an exciting game. 

“This is the seniors’ last homecoming as Warriors, so we really want to make our school proud,” Farniok said.

The theme for Friday’s game is homecoming shirts. If you orded one, they may be picked up today during lunch periods near the main gym entrance. There will be no t-shirt handouts at the game, so make sure to remember to wear your class shirt. 

Following the game, WHS students will be invited back to the school for the homecoming dance from 8-11 p.m. in the commons. The dance is for WHS students only, and all must have their student ID to enter. Tickets will be sold today for $5, or are $10 at the door.


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