RURAL VALLEY — On Sept. 20, West Shamokin Junior Senior High School held its annual homecoming festivities. Homecoming is traditionally organized by the senior high student council.
This year’s homecoming committee was led by seniors Victoria Lowry and Courtney Horner, who did a fantastic job. Their job consisted of ordering crowns, sashes and flowers, contacting the 2012 king and queen for a return appearance, and creating the court ballot.
The Homecoming Court, voted by the seniors, consisted of Kelsey Altman and Douglas Hough; Kelly Clowser and Zane Clowser; Courtney Horner and Nate Mummert; Tristan Cribbs and Brandon Schamberg; Victoria Lowry and Austin Bussard; and Makayla Murray and Ryan Myers.
The week leading up to homecoming is customarily known as Spirit Week and is also organized by the student council. The Spirit Week Committee was led by seniors Makayla Murray and Jenna Cochran. The student body, court and faculty each had something assigned to them each day.
Some of the events included clash day; dress-up day; and western day for the student body; crazy hair day; twin day; campaign day for the court; alumni day; favorite sports team day; and tie-dye day for the faculty. Spirit Week ended Friday afternoon with a pep rally for the entire student body that included the band, cheerleaders and a beauty pageant for the boys on court.
Overall, it was a fun week filled with laughter and school spirit. During the game later that night, our new homecoming king and queen, voted by our entire student body, were crowned — Austin Bussard and Kelly Clowser took home the titles.
Senior Tennis Memories
In the beginning of their season, the girls’ tennis team bought brand-new uniforms for themselves with their own money.
With an audience of mostly family to support them at matches, they still managed to beat a few teams. They beat Ford City twice and won their very last home match of the season against Kittanning.
For West Shamokin High School, the best-known rivals are Kittanning and Ford City. With the football team, West Shamokin didn’t really stand a chance, and we are no longer in the same conference for that sport. As for other sports, the winner could vary every game.
However, along with winning against Ford City and Kittanning, the West Shamokin girls’ tennis team had many small but meaningful victories their entire season. Although they don’t win every game, those girls were still dedicated and always hopeful.
The biggest victory they had was giving their three seniors — Kelsey Altman, Danielle Blatt and Marissa Smail — the best senior night they could, and they did it all on their own. They coordinated it all and had a celebratory dinner after their game. The girls had their last match at Springdale on Sept. 30 and they went to Primanti Bros. restaurant to celebrate their season.
Senior Marissa Smail said, “This season was amazing for our team. It’s so upsetting to know that this was my last year to play with such a phenomenal and hardworking group of girls that I’ve come to accept as another family.”
Fellow senior Kelsey Altman said, “I feel that our team was very motivated to win this season. We’ve had the best season that we have had for a few years. I am glad that I got to spend my last year with the girls on my team!”
PHOTO: Vincent Palilla, a sophomore, and Jenna Cochran, a senior at West Shamokin High School, went above and beyond for Spirit Week. Palilla showed up and spent the entire day in his ghillie suit — as opposed to wearing an old camo shirt for Camo Day — and Cochran was all decked out in flannel, boots and a bright shiny buckle for Western Day.