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Spirit days gets high school abuzz about homecoming

Posted: Thursday, January 28, 2010

It was a showcase for big glasses with taped centers, pocket protectors and floodwater-length pants in the hallways of Juneau-Douglas High School on Wednesday.

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Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Michael Penn / Juneau Empire

Students and faculty participated in Nerd Day, one of a variety of themed activities in preparation for this weekends Homecoming basketball series against the Fairbanks West Valley Wolf Pack.

"You get to look really smart," senior Annika Ord said. "And it's fun. It's a good way to get away from the normal school thing and have some fun. I have to admit, I had a Harry Potter party one night. That's pretty nerdy."

Added senior Mary Gianotti: "It makes me appreciate my parents more, they had really nice clothes. Suspenders are fun and glasses are a must."

Student Kelsey Blacks said nerds also must talk the talk.

"A true nerd has the grades and nice dress clothing, you pretty much have to have taped glasses and the suspenders ... and the saying 'gee willickers' or 'oh golly,'" she said.

This year's theme was Disney and each class picked a movie as inspiration for their decorative ideas. Seniors chose Aladdin, juniors Snow White, sophomores Mulan, freshmen Lion King, and the staff's theme was Beauty and the Beast.

Each day, the classes participate in a different dress up theme. There's also a "Mac" hunt between classes to find the school's tiny bear mascot. Each class will also have a skit on how their theme is better than the others. The class winners are announced at Saturday's homecoming dance. Community members help judge various aspects of the competitions including wall decorations, skit and gym posters.

"It means a lot to the athletes," boys basketball coach Steve Potter said. "They can feel the excitement building up through the week. For us, the challenge is not to get too excited too early in the week. We are looking forward to big crowds this weekend."

The week also highlights the selection of the Royalty Court. Prince and princesses are freshmen Tanner Petrie and Taylor Baker; sophomores David Francis, Jillian Piazza and Brittany McCusker; juniors Paul Wisner (king) and Genoa Manquso (queen). The senior court are George Skan and Cameron Brockett, Nick Ruteki and Kate Lukshin, Cody Brunette and Annika Ord, Miguel Bohrbacer and Emma Brower, Robyn Woodby and Elanor Watts. The senior crowning will be after the boys varsity game Friday night.

"It's to get the whole student body to participate," teen spirit rep Pauline Zheng said. "I think it is important because it creates a sense of community within our students and it brings out the best in us."

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