Week long celebration includes parade, dance, royalty and more

This year’s Homecoming celebration at Mount Shasta High School will be highlighted by a dedication ceremony renaming the football field in memory of former teacher, coach and athletic director Joe Blevins during JV halftime Friday evening.

Also Friday night, many youngsters will join the cheerleaders on the sidelines during the varsity halftime.

Homecoming festivities the week of Sept. 24-28 include the traditional parade through town, powderpuff football, dress up days, the Booster’s barbecue, the crowning of royalty, and a Homecoming dance.

The Bears will take on the Fall River Bulldogs on Friday, Sept. 28 for the big game.

The theme of this year’s celebration is “End of the World,” in keeping with the Mayan 2012 prophecy, said MSHS Student Body President Tess Abbott.

It all begins on Monday, when students will begin showing their school spirit with dress up days. Monday is sweats day, Tuesday is magic day, Wednesday is country day, Thursday is twin day, and Friday is class theme/spirit day.

Seniors will be asked to dress up for the zombie apocalypse; juniors will represent volcanoes; sophomores will portray “technology takes over;” and freshmen will dress up for the Ice Age. There will also be a lot of blue and gold to show Bear spirit.

Royalty will be selected by the student body this week, said Leadership Teacher Sue Villarreal. Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned between the JV and Varsity games.

The Boosters will hold their tailgate barbecue beginning at 6 p.m. next Wednesday, Sept. 26, during the Powder Puff championship games.

On Friday afternoon, students will celebrate with a parade through town, beginning at the school and winding down Lake Street and to Mt. Shasta Boulevard.

The JV Homecoming game will begin at 5:30 p.m. At halftime, a special presentation will take place to rename the field after Joe Blevins, who passed away in June.

Scheduled to speak are varsity assistant football coach Todd Mack, Dana Hight and Jana Blevins.

Two large rocks at both the north and south entrances to the field will be adorned with plaques, and the scoreboard will be redone with the words “Welcome to Joe Blevins Stadium” and a quote from Joe, who was a longtime MSHS coach.

Youngsters who participate in this weekend’s MSHS Cheer Clinic will help the cheerleaders root the varsity team on from the sidelines, and during halftime they’ll get to go on field to perform.

The Cheer Clinic will be held at MSHS on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $20 per kid, and all children ages kindergarten to eighth grade are welcome.

The festivities will be capped with a Homecoming dance for MSHS students in the gymnasium.