No floats at homecoming this year 09.22.2010

Written by David Green.

A fall homecoming without floats?

Morenci Area High School will give it a try next month, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be opportunities for homecoming fun.

Class advisors and the student council advisor discussed the matter recently and decided to try out a new approach.

Not all area schools make float-building part of their homecoming activities—at least not full-size floats—and at least one district in the state has knocked down the cost of float-building by limiting design to recycled objects.

Cost was one of the reasons cited by the advisors. Classes need to earn money for graduation costs, but some spend a lot of money on float materials—materials that end up in the trash the next morning.

Additionally, the advisors discussed how few students make the commitment to stay with the week-long project. The bulk of the work generally falls ends up with a small group and often adults.

This year students will be involved in t-shirt design competition and the creation of a banner to show off during the homecoming game Oct. 8 against Sand Creek.

Class members are working this week to create a t-shirt design that incorporates a positive slogan, a graphic element and the words MHS, Morenci or Morenci High School.

The winning design will be printed on a homecoming t-shirt—a different color for each class—that will be sold at cost.

At half-time of the game, students in each class will be called onto the field to show off their shirts and a class banner created the night before at a tailgate party—the Class Spirit Banner Bash. Advisors consider the change a unique way to show class pride.

Girl-illa Football is still planned as part of Homecoming Week, along with the queen competition.

Advisors will evaluate the new activities after homecoming and decide whether changes are needed.

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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

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