MARION CENTER — Marion Center Area High School is in the middle of celebrating its homecoming this week. The celebration kicked off with themed days throughout the week; main events started Thursday with the annual bonfire, and are continuing today with a pep rally and parade preceding the homecoming game tonight. Saturday’s homecoming dance will conclude the celebratory events.
Thursday, the annual homecoming bonfire was held in the parking lot above the football field. The event was organized by Matt Janosko, a senior, with the assistance of MaryAnn Wheeler and Monica DeHaven, advisers of Swarm Club at Marion Center.
The festivities preceding the bonfire started at 6 p.m., including corn hole tournaments, tug-of-war, football, a DJ, kids’ games, face painting, honoring the boys’ and girls’ cross country teams, and recognition of the homecoming court. Students attending the event had the opportunity to dunk Matthew Jioio, principal, and Mrs. Andrea Carter, biology teacher, in the dunk tank.
The festivities went until around 8 p.m., and shortly after, the bonfire was lit in the upper parking lot. Admissions to the event served as a fundraiser for Swarm; the funds raised will go towards offsetting club costs and future school spirit activities such as the pep bus.
Today the school is holding a pep rally during seventh and eighth period, revving up school spirit before the homecoming game. After school, the homecoming parade will begin at 5 p.m. on Main Street in Marion Center. Luke Kunkle, also a senior, organized the parade. There will be around 20 participating groups in the parade including the Marion Center Fire Department, the junior high football team, the Boy Scouts of Troop 50, the Plumville Belles, the Ox Hill Fair Queen and many more. Beginning at 7 p.m., the Marion Center football team will play their homecoming game against Shade High School. At halftime, the homecoming king and queen will be crowned.
The homecoming dance will be Saturday evening starting at 7 p.m. There will be a “Midnight Garden” theme for the event, planned and organized by student council with much help from Gena Anthony, a student council adviser.