School spirit stages a comeback

Champlin Park High School plans multi-day festivities for Homecoming 2012

 

CPHS students nominated the Homecoming Royalty naming the following people: front row, left to right: Ariana Morgan, Jackie Johnson and Peace Allison. Middle row, left to right: Cara Schmidt, Tara King, Kara Stuckmayer, Erin Maglothin and Maddie Heie. Back row, left to right: Zachary Johnson, Spencer Nelson, Michael Sales, Ramadan Hassan, Ben Streitz, Tucker Lorentzen and Richie Thammavognsa.  Homecoming King and Queen will be announced at the pepfest and coronation Tuesday, Oct. 2. (Photo by Mindy Mateuszczyk)

CPHS students nominated the Homecoming Royalty naming the following people: front row, left to right: Ariana Morgan, Jackie Johnson and Peace Allison. Middle row, left to right: Cara Schmidt, Tara King, Kara Stuckmayer, Erin Maglothin and Maddie Heie. Back row, left to right: Zachary Johnson, Spencer Nelson, Michael Sales, Ramadan Hassan, Ben Streitz, Tucker Lorentzen and Richie Thammavognsa.
Homecoming King and Queen will be announced at the pepfest and coronation Tuesday, Oct. 2. (Photo by Mindy Mateuszczyk)

Principal Michael George had his feet held to the fire almost from the moment he stepped into his role at Champlin Park High School three years ago. From dealing with Homecoming hazing and toilet papering events in 2010 to a Snow Days coronation controversy to allow two female students to walk together during the royalty march in 2011, these traditional school events have been surrounded by turmoil, anxiety and a number of other negative elements that George believes takes away from the focus of celebrating school pride.

Last year CPHS celebrated 20 years of school history that included many roller coaster moments. Now, George, and the student body are looking ahead to kick off the next decade of school history by focusing on school spirit during traditional events such as Homecoming.

“One thing students have come to me and said is they want to bring back that sense of school spirit and pride,” said George. Homecoming is a starting point for that. Borrowing from his time at Coon Rapids High School, George came up with an idea.

“I come from a place where a Homecoming parade is a part of the celebration, something the entire community can rally around,” said George. CPHS hasn’t hosted a Homecoming parade for 10-15 years but he decided to bring it back.

Unlike community festival parades, this parade will focus primarily on school related floats. CPHS has invited teachers, school groups, elementary schools and the middle school to all participate with floats along with some community organizations. The details are still in the works but the parade will definitely include a King and Queen float, allowing the crowned duo a little more time in the spotlight than in years past.

The parade will take place Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. along Oxbow Creek Drive ending in the CPHS parking lot just in time for kick-off of the revamped “Rebels With a Cause” girl’s football games. Four teams of senior girls will square off in Rebel Stadium each representing a different charitable cause. Proceeds from the event will be donated to those causes.

“It’s a good way to have some fun, do good and show people who we really are,” said George. He said he would love to see a sea of navy and silver line the street and fill up the stadium for these two community events. He said the events were added as another opportunity for residents, students and families to come together and show their school spirit.

“We are a school that comprises many communities — Dayton, Champlin and Brooklyn Park — Homecoming events are a chance to tie school and the communities together,” said George. “It’s also a way for elementary and middle school students to come view some of the fun things that will be in store for them in high school.”

The week will also feature a Homecoming Talent Show, Homecoming Pepfest and Coronation, several sports competitions in addition to the capstone sporting event where CPHS’ varsity football team faces Blaine. High school students may also participate in a Homecoming dance held at the school.

Meanwhile, toilet papering and some of the other antics are an embedded part of the festivities that are hard to eliminate

“We will take whatever proactive measures we can,” said Champlin Police Chief David Kolb. “We want students to have fun but if they break the law, we will issue charges.”

He said charges could range from breaking curfew to littering, trespassing or even damaging property. Kolb said he encourages students to have fun during Homecoming week by participating in the positive aspects of the celebration such as the planned events.

 

 

CPHS HOMECOMING EVENTS

MONDAY, OCT. 1: CPHS Homecoming Talent Show will be Monday, Oct. 1 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the high school.

TUESDAY, OCT. 2: CPHS Homecoming Pepfest and Coronation will be held in the CPHS field house Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 1:20 p.m. Last year teachers and staff instigated a flash mob. Principal George said there may be more surprises in store this year at the pepfest

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 3: CPHS Homecoming Parade along Oxbow Creek Drive from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Road will be closed beginning at 4:30 p.m. Parade will be followed by the “Rebels With a Cause” game from 7 to 9 p.m. at Rebel Stadium. Parade is free. Rebels With a Cause is $3 for admission. Proceeds to benefit charitable causes.

FRIDAY, OCT. 5: CPHS Varsity Football vs. Blaine High School. Kick-off at 7 p.m. at Rebel Stadium. Admission: Adults $8, Students $6.

FRIDAY, OCT. 5: CPHS Homecoming Dance will be held at the school from 9 to 11:30 p.m. Open to CPHS students and their guests, who must sign a contract available at the school or on the CPHS website. Admission: $5

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