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"Homecoming is a time for the kids to show their school spirit and participate in many different activities as a grade," said Chatfield High School homecoming activities organizer Lindsey Olson, speaking of the upcoming Oct. 7 through 11 Gopher homecoming week.

The week, filled with special events, kicks off on Monday with coronation and concludes on Saturday evening with the homecoming dance for senior high students. During the week, athletic teams will be busy with the cross-country team traveling to the Plainview-Elgin-Millville (PEM) Invitational, the volleyball team traveling to Rushford-Peterson on Tuesday night and hosting PEM on Thursday night. The football team takes on the Kingsland Knights of Spring Valley and Wykoff on Friday night for the big game.

Through the week, students from preschool to 12th grade will celebrate their Chatfield Gopher pride.

Olson listed the activities that will take place as part of the celebration. "Monday night is the homecoming coronation ceremony, Tuesday night is float night, Wednesday night is the Powderpuff football game, Thursday is the home volleyball game and a boys' volleyball tournament following the game, Friday night's homecoming football game is against the Kingsland Knights, and Saturday night ends out the week with a senior high dance from 8 to 11 - admission is $3."

Olson added, "Seventh through 12th graders compete in a weeklong competition to show school spirit by participating in dress-up days, winning the powderpuff and boys' volleyball games, and scoring points during the games at the pep fest on Friday. The grade with the most points at the end of the week wins a pizza and ice cream party."

Dress-up days included in the contest are Pajama Day Monday, Twin Day Tuesday, Favorite Character Wednesday, Color War Thursday and Maroon and White Friday, with the pep fest and games set for 1:30 that afternoon for high school students. After the pep fest, the homecoming parade will proceed down Burr Oak Street from the high school to Winona, starting at 2:40 outside the high school. All outdoor homecoming events are scheduled to happen, rain or shine.

"Students should all try to participate and have fun. Everyone can try something new, help with their class float, and attend all of the sporting events during the week," Olson said.

Homecoming coronation advisor Stacie Schneider outlined coronation observations. "Coronation is Monday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. at the high school. There will be six male and six female candidates and the 12 homecoming candidates are selected by the senior class. From there, the ninth through 12th grade student body votes for the king and queen. On the night of coronation, the new 2013 royalty will receive the king's crown and the queen's tiara, and we ask the previous year's royalty if they would like to come back to crown the new royalty. This is based on proximity, availability and college schedules, but this year, we are fortunate to have Kileigh Dudek coming home to crown the new king and queen."

Homecoming court candidates were announced on Friday, Sept. 27, and at that time, those chosen received crowns and tiaras to wear throughout homecoming week, including in the homecoming parade. King candidates are Jake Neis, Dalton Schwier, Jayme LaPlante, Nate Skare, Brandon Adler and Harvey Friederichs. Queen candidates are Ashley Baker, Sidney Irish, Nicole Herrli, Camille Rasmussen, Gabrielle Salisbury and Mikaela Bray.

"The entire court will be in the parade. Each couple generally has their own float. Each grade, including middle school, will have a float in the parade as well," Schneider added.

Schneider commented on the excitement surrounding the actual coronation ceremony. "Each member of the homecoming court is dressed up and looks amazing. Everyone is anxious to see what the girls are going to wear. There is a lot of build-up, excitement and anticipation as we eliminate candidates and crown this year's royalty. It should be really fun. Coronation will not include a pep-fest this year, so it may be shorter than most years. Also, we are hoping to have a couple choir ensembles as entertainment. It should be really nice!"

She pointed out the dozen students elected to the homecoming court will have other students admiring them, even after the king and queen are chosen.

"It is our hope, as coronation advisors, that the homecoming court was chosen for a purpose. I hope the candidates are up there on Monday night because they have good hearts and are good examples for their friends and fellow classmates," Schneider said. "I want them to have a fun and exciting night. I also hope each candidate takes a moment to look at all of their fellow classmates in attendance. Those classmates voted for them to be on the court and are attending coronation to support them. I hope that our 12 candidates stop and really think about what that means."

Lastly, Schneider invited the public to attend the coronation. "The public is welcome and encouraged to join us. We do ask that a $1 admission be paid - we use the admissions to continue the coronation tradition year after year."