St. Patrick Catholic School

122 West Street, Portland, MI   (517) 647-7551

Reflections by Randy Hodge

Homecoming Tradition Continues at St. Patrick School

Posted on September 26, 2018 at 4:10 PM

Each fall, school spirit comes alive as students prepare to celebrate our annual spirit week and homecoming. This year would again prove to be a great event as we celebrated our 67th annual homecoming.

Spirit week officially kicks off the Friday before homecoming with many activities centered on the chosen theme. This year's theme was holidays and the first activity was the annual hall decorating contest. Each high school class selected a holiday and decorated their section of the hall accordingly. The freshmen class selected Canada Day, the sophomores chose Halloween, the juniors selected Christmas and the seniors chose the 4th of July.

Like most schools in the area, each day of spirit week had a theme and the students dressed accordingly. This year, Monday was “comfy day,” Tuesday was “dress as your favorite holiday,” Wednesday was “Sunday best.” Thursday was “camo day” and Friday is always “spirit day.”

The Friday of homecoming week is the big day with many activities and much celebration. The day always begins with juice and donuts for the middle and high school students. We always have the annual powderpuff football game which pits the freshmen and junior girls against the sophomore and senior girls. The elementary students are invited to watch the game. This year, the team of sophomores and seniors won.

Even our homecoming pep assembly is a tradition-filled event. Each year there is a contest where seventh grade boys are duct taped to the wall to see which one stays up the longest and an apple-bobbing contest for the homecoming representatives. The pep assembly is followed by a boys volleyball tournament where the junior boys again dominated and three peated.

During halftime of the big game, student representatives from each class competed in a relay race on the track. The juniors were the winners of the relay race. Following the relay race, it was time to announce the class representatives and crown our king and queen. This year Paul Cook and Summer Russman were named king and queen. The court consisted of seniors Brandon Scheurer and Leah Cook and Graham Wohlscheid and Annalise Gunderman, juniors Devin Fedewa and Leah Kissane, sophomores Connor Cross and Marian Pearson and freshmen Braxton Teachworth and Abigail Weller. For the first time, we had a prince and princess to assist in the crowning of our king and queen. The prince and princess from our kindergarten class were Larry Rogers and Faith Higbee.

The football team brought home a 43-30 victory over Webberville running their record to 3-1. Following the big victory, it was time for our final homecoming tradition. One that dates back to the 1960's---our homecoming bonfire. The bonfire is always prepared by the junior class who spend a great deal of time collecting pallets from area businesses. The pallets and other wood are piled high in the middle of Father Flohe Field, and when the game is over, our students and school families gather there to watch the Portland Fire Department ignite the bonfire which burns very fast and extremely hot.

This year proved to be another fun and successful spirit week and homecoming. We had a great crowd for the big game as many alumni returned home and our football team was victorious. The junior class was the winner of the “spirit week” competitions. Our homecoming tradition remains strong and alive here at St. Patrick School.


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