Helen Schwinn is the principal at Immaculata High School.
1. Can you tell us about the events coming up this weekend for the Leavenworth Regional Catholic Schools homecoming celebration?
The events that are connected to the school include:
The week begins on Sunday when members of the classes decorate the hallways housing their lockers. The decorations are judged by faculty members and results are announced at the Homecoming game.
Each day is themed throughout the week for students to dress accordingly. While this is also customary in other schools, it is especially fun for Imac students to be out of uniform dress for the week. At least 80 percent or more of our student body participates in these spirit days.
This year's theme days include: Pajama Day, Transformation Day (dress like someone else), Class Color Day (each class and the faculty is assigned a color to wear), Throw Back or Fast Forward Day (dress as in the past or the future), and Spirit Day (Imac green or Imac team wear).
A community pep rally and bonfire is held at the Knight's field on 10th and Shawnee on Thursday evening following the soccer game. Students are encouraged to attend the soccer game. The class with the largest number of students in attendance is treated to an ice-cream sundae party.
Friday is a half day of school organized by the Student Leadership that is non-academic. We always begin our Spirit Day with an all school Mass. The students are then organized such that students representing all classes comprise a group. They work together to create a poster to be presented at the pep rally, judged and announced at the football game. The morning concludes with a pep rally. Parents and community members are welcome to attend.
The typical Homecoming activities take place at the football game with King and Queen crowning at halftime.
The week concludes with a formal dance held locally on Saturday night. This year's dance will be held at the Carousel Museum.
All Imac students are welcome and we generally have about 80 percent of our students attend.
This year the Student Leadership is incorporating a canned-food drive service project to benefit Catholic Charities into the week as well by offering half-price dance tickets to all students who donate canned food items this week.
A unique Homecoming tradition that takes place nearly every year at Imac involves our freshman class.
Because they are not yet at an age to date or drive, parents of the freshman class coordinate the dinner and transportation for the entire class to go as a group. All the freshman and their guests are invited to gather in their Homecoming attire at one of the local parishes for an early evening Saturday mass.
Page 2 of 2 - From Mass the students are transported to a restaurant or a freshman home volunteered by a parent where they are treated to dinner by a group of parents. The students are then transported to the dance for the remainder of their special evening.
2. What activities will be added or different this year?
This is the basic format of events every year. The theme days change, of course. The Development Office incorporates a few different events yearly.
3. Did the students do most of the planning for the events?
The students plan the school events. The Homecoming festivities are planned by the Student Leadership council.
4. Why do you think homecoming is such a highly anticipated event in every school year?
It is a fun week of activities planned by the students for the students. Because it is a break from the general routine, the students are eager to dress up in the spirit theme of the day. Senior Sydney Simek explains "Homecoming is an exciting week that creates a lot of fun memories to look back on."
5. What event do you think the students are looking forward to the most?
In asking the Seniors this question, there were a variety of responses including the dance, the pep rally, and the halftime crowning ceremony. Both Emily Millar and Cheyenne Spain are excited for the pep rally where the Senior Homecoming Court will compete against one another in Minute-to-Win-It-type tasks for "best couple" bragging rights. The dance is also a highlight for most students each year.
Senior Jared Kloeker explains: "The Homecoming dance is the first all-school party of the year." Phillip Hernandez added "Its fun to dress all fancy and look so fine."
— Rimsie McConiga