Spirit reigns at Vail Christian’s homecoming
September 23, 2005
EDWARDS – It isn’t hard to drum up spirit in a 90-student high school. But homecoming week is something special.The students and teachers at Vail Christian High School have been dressing up all week, making posters and banners and working on musical numbers. The end of the week brings football and volleyball games against the Saints’ heated rivals from DeBeque.Until the games begin, though, the point of homecoming week is school spirit. And while “homecoming” implies a welcome to former students, this week is more for the kids still in classes than those who might return.All but three of the 14 seniors who graduated last spring are in colleges out of state, said teacher Linda Isbell.”But we get a lot of graduates who come back on their college breaks,” Isbell said. “They come visit quite a lot.That leaves homecoming mostly for the students.
“It’s a lot of fun,” senior Oliver Ristow said. “The football game is always great, and it’s fun to dance after that. It really unifies the whole student body.”On ’50s day during the school’s spirit week, sophomores Rachel Sibley and Caitlin Mutter were just two of the poodle skirt-wearing participants. Virtually everyone on the small campus was done up in ’50s garb, although the boys had an easier time of it, requiring only slicked-back hair to go with T-shirts and jeans.”We were in here at 8 a.m. today to help the boys with their hair,” Mutter said.The high school classes also worked together on banners and dance routines. Those projects are contests, and winners are picked.”The competition gets pretty intense,” Mutter said. “You’re really trying to do better than the other classes.”That drive to do better extends even to the dances the classes do at the all-school pep rally on Friday. “Every student has to participate,” Mutter said. “And everyone does a special dance at the pep rally.”The result is a stronger student body.
“It’s fun and it’s important,” Sibley said.Ristow and his fellow seniors are working toward college this year, so for him the two most important times of year are “finals and finals.” But, he said, homecoming has been one of his favorite parts of life at Vail Christian.”It brings us more together than we already are,” he said. “It’s been a lot of fun.”Staff Writer Scott N. Miller can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 613, or firstname.lastname@example.org.Vail Daily, Vail Colorado