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HOMER-CENTER: Spirit Week kicks off school year

by By JULIA BUGGEY, Gazette Student News Reporter on October 11, 2013 11:00 AM

HOMER CITY — Over the last few weeks, Homer-Center High School’s students have been getting back into the groove of a brand-new school year.

Our students kicked off the new and hopeful year by participating in Spirit Week, leading up to our traditional homecoming activities and big football games.

Spirit week is a time for students to get really creative with fun themes and at the same time promote good school spirit.

The outfit themes of that week, lasting from Sept. 23-27, were as follows: Medieval Monday, Superhero Tuesday, Future You Wednesday, Hunt a Bobcat Thursday and Black and White Friday.

Overall, the outcome was interesting and fun; thanks to all of the outgoing participants.

Following an exciting week of school activities, Homer-Center then held its annual homecoming pep assembly for the entire high school.

Princesses were introduced and they revealed the new homecoming king for the 2013-14 school year.

Congratulations to homecoming king, senior Cody Miller, and our newly crowned homecoming queen, Breonna Ruffner.

This traditional assembly was seen as the grand finale of the week as football players gave some thoughts and words of enthusiasm towards the football game against the Blairsville Bobcats.

On a side note, Homer-Center’s football team has been performing exceptionally well this year and still continues the season with a rather impressive record.

The varsity team’s quarterback, Aaron Berezansky, shared some of his thoughts and motives that will help keep Homer-Center football on top.

“We’ve made great strides this year and had a good first half of the season. We have certain goals this season and we’re in a good position to achieve those goals,” he says.

Berezansky explained the key components to finishing the season strong include great focus and hesitating from looking too far ahead. “We need to stay consistent, improving along the way, treating every week as important as the next in order to play well and experience more wins.”

For all of the football team fans, the Wildcats will play today at Conemaugh Township, starting at 7 p.m.

In addition to Homer-Center’s sports success, we’d like to give a proud shout out and many congratulations to the golf team as they claimed the Heritage Conference championship this season.

Gearing back to football, the female athletes in grades nine through 12 participated in Homer-Center’s annual powder puff football games on a makeup date, Sept. 30. Girls from these grades came up with fun team names such as the “Jelly Fishing Freshmen” or the “Cinderella Sophomores,” each team going head to head to win the championship title.

In the first round, the freshmen and seniors faced each other, resulting in a victory for the seniors. The sophomores and juniors came next in the second game of the night; the sophomores scored with only a few minutes left of the game, earning them a spot in the championship game.

In the final game, the seniors, having a history of winning these games in the past, were the winners of a very close game with the sophomores.

As for the music department, Joy Wilson, Homer-Center’s choral director, band instructor and musical director, gave us the inside news regarding the school musical getting into gear. Homer-Center’s talented students will be performing the musical “A Christmas Carol,” in mid- to late November.

We all know the story of Scrooge and the ghosts that haunted him, but the musical brings on the traditional story with a musical twist.

“I’m excited for this show because it’s a little different than the musicals that have been done in the past that only seem to incorporate one or two lead roles.

“This show is heavily casted and most of the characters have solo opportunities. With that in mind, our audience won’t only be seeing a few people; we actually have elementary students, mainly sixth-grade, cast for some pretty crucial parts as well,” Wilson said.

Congratulations go to the following students for achieving major roles in this musical:

Scrooge — Patrick Clark

Mr. Cratchit — Robert Della-Penna

Fred (nephew of Scrooge) — Rick Orr

Tiny Tim — Tyler Federinko

Marley — Hayden Michael

Young Marley — Chris Rura

Mr. Fezziwig — Shawn Steffee

Mrs. Fezziwig — Elizabeth Ginter

Young Scrooge — Brandon Vought

Emily — Anna Overman

Sandwich Boardman/ Ghost of Christmas Present — Stephen McLoughlin

Lamplighter/Ghost of Christmas Past — Tonee Clawson

Blind Old Hag/Ghost of Christmas Future — Meghan Dressler

On an ending note, that about sums up the start of the 2013-14 school year.

For all students attending Homer-Center, there will be no school on Monday and school sessions will continue Tuesday.

Tune in next week to hear about more news within Homer-Center and our upcoming events as the year is now steadily progressing.

PHOTO:   Homer-Center High School’s princesses and king’s court gathered at the school pep assembly on Sept. 27. In the front row, from left, are Laura Jones, Abigail Plowcha, Courtney Kundla, Ashley Jashinski, Jill Overman, Devan Townley and Breonna Ruffner; and in the second row, Anthony Caruso, Bill Grozanik, Kolby Skultety, Cody Miller, Darren Carr, Mike Newhouse and Timothy Zayac. Ruffner was crowned queen, and Miller was crowned king. (Stephanie Myer/Homer-Center High School)

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