Homecoming Week to continue beyond tonight

Charles Warner Editor

September 27, 2013

UNION COUNTY — Over the past week Union County High School students put on camouflage, dressed as farmers, wore “Wacky Tacky” outfits, were “twins” and, today, are sporting black and gold in celebration of a Homecoming Week that will continue after tonight’s football game.

The Union County High School Yellow Jackets will face the Newberry Bulldogs tonight at the Union County Stadium in the UCHS Homecoming game. The game, which is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., comes after a week of Homecoming activities at the school which saw students wearing clothes with a different theme each day.

“On Monday we had Camou-Day where students dressed up in camouflage,” PBIS Chairperson and Homecoming Sponsor Sonya Glenn said Thursday. “On Tuesday we had Farmer Day, Wednesday was Wacky Tacky Day, and today is Twin Day. Friday will be Black and Gold Day. The students have participated, they’ve dressed up.”

Assistant Principal Jenelle Gilliam added that “its been a very colorful atmosphere.”

In addition to dressing according to a different theme each day, Gilliam said students also decorated their classroom doors.

“We’re having a door decorating contest,” Gilliam said. “Students in each teacher’s fourth grade class were responsible for decorating their teacher’s door.

“They used their own themes,” she said. “We had one decorated for cancer, but most of them were centered around our Jacket Power theme.”

Gilliam said that the doors would be judged by parent volunteers this morning at 10 a.m. and the winners announced during this afternoon’s pep rally. She said the class that wins will receive a pizza party.

In addition to the announcement of the winner of the door decorating contest, the pep rally, which will begin at 3 p.m., will also feature a couple of coronations.

“At the pep rally we’ll have the crowning of the UCHS King,” Glenn said. “We’ll also have the crowning of the 2013 UCHS Mr. Football.”

Mr. Football will be the senior football player who raised the most money for charity.

Glenn said that during the pep rally the football sponsors and candidates for Homecoming Queen and Princesses will be announced. The Homecoming Queen and Princesses will then be crowned at half-time during tonight’s game.

At the beginning of the game at 7:05 p.m., the football sponsors will be announced and the senior cheerleaders presented.

Even though the Homecoming game will be played tonight, that will not be the end of Homecoming activities.

The school had planned to hold a bonfire and a Powderpuff football game on Wednesday, but the events were postponed due to the weather.

Gilliam said Thursday that the bonfire and Powderpuff game will be held be held Monday at 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., respectively. She said the bonfire will serve to kick off the game.

Admission to the bonfire and game will be $2.

UCHS Principal Floyd Lyles said Thursday that Homecoming Week has capped what has so far been a great school year.

“It’s been a great start,” Lyles said. “It’s definitely been the best start in the three years that I’ve been here.”

Editor Charles Warner can be reached at 864-427-1234, ext. 14, or by email at cwarner@civitasmedia.com.