Activities all this week will help Smith-Cotton students, alumni and supporters build toward the weekend’s homecoming football game and other events.
Spirit days started Monday, with high school students — and some teachers — attending classes in their pajamas. Student Council President Elena Sharp said aside from Friday’s traditional black and gold day, pajama day likely will see the most participation by students.
Today will be Disney character day, while Wednesday will find seniors decked out in 1970s fashions, while juniors will dress in ’80s styles and sophomores have the ’90s. Thursday is superhero day.
Sharp said Student Council members brainstormed ideas for themes that would bring the most participation “so everyone can show their spirit.” She added that the dress-up days “are a nice change from what we do every single day.”
Smith-Cotton Junior High has its own set of spirit days, which started Monday with superhero day. Today is pajama day, followed by days to dress like nerds then twins, with Friday being black and gold day.
There will be a bonfire after the boys soccer team’s match against Pleasant Hill on Wednesday evening at Susie Ditzfeld Soccer Field at Skyline Elementary School. Students will be released from classes early Friday for the homecoming parade, which starts at 3:30 p.m. on Ohio Avenue. This year’s Distinguished Alumni honorees are Ron Ditzfeld and the late Geraldine Schrader; Ditzfeld will be joined by Schrader’s daughters, Barbara and Katie, to serve as parade grand marshals.
Diana Nichols, chair of the Sedalia School District Foundation’s Alumni Committee, said six alumni classes will have floats in this year’s parade, which also will feature class floats, the S-C Tiger Pride Marching Band and local dignitaries.
The foundation’s tailgate party, sponsored by the Smith-Cotton Athletic Booster Club, starts at 5 p.m. in front of Jennie Jaynes Stadium. Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and drinks are complimentary, but donations will be accepted. The Sedalia Noonday Optimist Club is providing a bounce house for children.
Nichols sees the tailgate party as a “meet and greet” event that provides “a nice place to hang out for a couple of hours before the game.”
The Tigers will face conference foe Center High School at 7 p.m., and at halftime the homecoming queen and king will be crowned. Queen candidates are Carolyn Decker, Fatima Alegarbes, Kalee Shepard and Bailey Smith; vying for the king’s crown are Ian Hartt, Timmy Lor, Jacob Arnold and Jacob Lamb.
The annual pancake breakfast is 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Smith-Cotton Junior High; cost is $4 in advance or $5 at the door. Campus tours also will be available. Alumni and community members also can tour the high school from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., with the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Ceremony set for 11:30 a.m. in the Heckart Performing Arts Center.
Nichols stressed that all homecoming activities are not just for Smith-Cotton alumni, and she encouraged community supporters to come out as well.
“The stories are just phenomenal,” she said. “When people come back who haven’t seen each other for 20, 25, 30-plus years, it’s just neat to see them reconnect.”
While the foundation is involved in many events year-round, homecoming is the one that touches the most people.
“That’s what we’re all about, is to keep everyone connected,” Nichols said. “The alumni community comes together for a two-day event; it is pretty impressive, but fun.”