After a year without a homecoming, Osceola celebrated the return of this long-standing tradition.  Each school joined in the festivities with themed dress-up days and fun activities throughout the week.  After COVID-19 shut down homecoming last year, the significance of being able to return to normal was not lost on students or staff.

“Just that we were able to have a homecoming was really great because we couldn’t last year,” stated junior Aubrey Johnson, who is a member of Osceola’s student council (OSCAR). 

High school principal Adam Spiegel agreed. “To see the excitement in the student body was amazing,” he said.  “The last year and a half has been especially tough for our students.  To give them some sort of normalcy was important to us.”

On Friday, the high school had a day jam-packed with fun.  It began as the guys took the court for a match-up between classes at Stud Muffin Volleyball.  Next, the girls had their turn on the football field for the traditional Powder Puff Football games, as the rest of the school cheered on the competitors.

“It is really special that the whole school gets really involved with everything.  There is so much going on.  There is something for everyone,” said junior OSCAR member Margaret Nalen.

In the afternoon, members of fall athletic teams and many of the high school’s clubs, as well as the marching band, participated in the homecoming parade.  The parade began at Osceola Intermediate School and ended at the elementary school.

After the parade, the students gathered in the gym for a spirit-filled pep fest, hosted by OSCAR.  The fall sports teams were recognized, entertaining games were played, and each grade participated in the decades-themed lip sync dancing competition.  Clad in tie-dye and bell bottoms, the sophomore class won the competition with a mix of 70s songs.

Chad Leonard, who is a business and marketing teacher and OSCAR advisor, commented, “This homecoming has been just awesome to be a part of!  It was so great to experience the energy in the gym for the pep fest today.  The cheering, supporting and memories that were being made.  Simply wonderful!”

After school, high school students hosted Spirit Fest for the younger Chieftains.  This event featured face painting, crazy hair, sign making, games, and crafts to get ready for the football game.

And finally it was time for the big football game, which was played to standing-room-only crowds.  The game was a close battle against the Prescott Cardinals, with the Chieftains coming out on top.  Halftime featured an impressive field show by the Osceola High School marching band, as well as upbeat performances by the dance and cheer teams.

“Homecoming brings so much more energy to the week and Friday night’s game,” said senior football player Isaac Campeau.  “We are all glad we were able to have an amazing homecoming, and of course the win on Friday night was the perfect way to end the week.”

After the game, students gathered in the gym for the homecoming dance.  “We had almost 400 students attend the dance, and they had a great time,” said Principal Spiegel.  “That is more students than we have ever had in my time here at a homecoming dance.” 

All in all, it was a homecoming week that the students will remember for years to come.  “It is always amazing to see the amount of school pride during homecoming week,” Spiegel stated.  “We have a lot of graduates come back to watch the games.  It is always great to catch up with them and see all the amazing things they are doing.  We focus a lot on the academics, but homecoming is a week where it is more than just the academics.”  

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