Johnson: Spirit Week in full swing

Dickinson High School's annual homecoming celebration will be held Friday. This year, the Midgets' football team is playing the Bismarck High Demons, and the game will start at 7 p.m. at the Biesiot Activities Center.

Dickinson High School’s annual homecoming celebration will be held Friday. This year, the Midgets’ football team is playing the Bismarck High Demons, and the game will start at 7 p.m. at the Biesiot Activities Center.
The week leading up to homecoming is known as Spirit Week, when students and faculty alike get to dress up for any one of Dickinson High’s theme days. This year, the days were brainstormed by the DHS Student Council, which has spent weeks planning the festivities associated with homecoming. The days are as follows: Yesterday was ‘Murica Monday; today is Time-Travel Tuesday; Wednesday is Gender-Bender Wednesday; Thursday is Class-Theme Day; and Friday is Black and Orange Day.
Students came to school brimming with patriotism yesterday, as students dressed up in everything red, white and blue. Some, like senior Ben Pitkin, even came to school complete with a Captain America mask and shield.
Class themes this week were decided by the student council. After deciding on the themes, senior Kaleb Dschaak organized and went out to buy materials to decorate Dickinson High. Seniors this year chose to have royalty as their theme, juniors chose to be tacky tourists, sophomores selected college game day and freshmen - they were assigned to be peasants by the seniors.
Aside from themes on Spirit Week, the student council has been preparing a lot more than in years past. New this year are nighttime activities that students can enjoy. Last night was the first annual DHS powder puff football game, which pitted junior and senior girls against each other in a flag football game. Junior and senior boys served as the cheerleaders and sophomore class president Isaac Egli acted as referee. Tonight, the student council is showing an outdoor movie, which is also new this year. The movie starts at 7 p.m. and is open to all DHS students. Alongside the movie, there will be beverages and popcorn. Senior class Vice President Rachel Lantz organized and planned the events, which look to be a success with students.
During Spirit Week, students will have an opportunity to buy apparel that was purchased by student council secretary Riley Howard and student council clerk Raven Kitzan. These include homecoming shirts, different beads, wristbands and noise makers. This is also new this year, because shirts were traditionally the only item sold during homecoming.
The festivities culminate Friday when students, decked out in black and orange, will be entertained by the homecoming pep assembly planned by junior Suzanna Moberg. The details of the assembly are left to be a surprise, but it will feature members of the Dickinson High homecoming court, which is comprised of 10 senior boys and 10 senior girls. In years past, the pep assembly featured a “Dickinson High’s Got Talent,” where the homecoming candidates had to come up with an original talent act to be scored by judges.
Friday doesn’t end with the pep assembly, however. Immediately following the pep assembly, there will be the Dickinson High tailgate party at the BAC parking lot. It begins at 4:30 p.m. and costs $5 for admission. All those who attend will be treated to food from student council, and they will be serving cheeseburgers, hot dogs, chips and a soda. Also at the tailgate this year is the Ukrainian Cultural Institute, which will be serving cheese buttons, and another vendor who will be selling snow cones.
The highlight of the tailgate will be the jousting pit, which is an inflatable bounce house that will feature two people against each other in armed combat. The last one standing with his or her inflatable stick will be declared the victor. So far, several teachers have signed up to fight, including CaraLee Heiser, a Dickinson High chemistry teacher.
All of this was made possible by junior class President Marc Michaelson, who has planned the tailgate from its inception, and is largely responsible for all the events that are going on. Michaelson has had to contact businesses for money, food or even to have them set up a vendor booth. Michaelson has also been busy getting carnival games and face painting set up for the younger audiences. American Family Insurance, Baker Boy, Braun Distributing, Coca-Cola, Dakota Community Bank, Light Tower Rentals and many more businesses and individuals are to thank for making the DHS tailgate a reality.
The tailgate runs until 6:30 p.m. and the game starts at 7 p.m. During halftime, the DHS pep band will play and the homecoming court will take to the field and line up on the risers before the announcement of the homecoming king and queen. They will be decorated with a sash and crown, and are encouraged to wear them at the dance.
The dance starts at 9:30 p.m. and lasts until midnight. The dance is the highlight of the homecoming week, and the DHS student body decided to hold a casual homecoming this year instead of its traditional formal dance.
The student council has put a lot of work into planning a successful homecoming. Student council members have met every day since school started and have been working out the details since before school started. All of the committee chairmen are to thank for their efforts. Seniors Riley Howard, Lantz, Dschaak and Kitzan all headed committees. Juniors Michaelson and Moberg chaired committees, as did sophomore Macy Mack, who was tasked with creating posters and advertising for homecoming week.
Homecoming looks to be promising. Feedback from the student body has been favorable and the student council has put in countless hours preparing and planning this once a year event.

Johnson is a senior and president of the student council at Dickinson High School. He is involved in various extracurricular activities and was the North Dakota Boys State governor.

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