PHILIPSBURG — Audrey Wawrynovic loves homecoming.
The Philipsburg-Osceola senior with a cloud of bubble-gum pink hair was blowing up bright Mountie blue balloons to decorate her car for the parade on Wednesday.
“It’s really exciting,” she said. “Getting to be a part of the whole school thing.”
She’s also thrilled to be a part of the court, being someone that her classmates nominated for homecoming queen alongside king-candidate Cody Beish. “It was a big surprise.”
For sophomore Shawna Lumadue, the parade is the best part. Since junior high, she’s found herself on a float the Wednesday before the big game every year. The only underclassman interested this year, she didn’t let the rest of her class keep her from participating. Instead, she hopped on the seniors’ float with her own sign.
“It’s the biggest thing in my life,” she said.
Eli Jury is a senior and a football player, but he sees the events this week as more than one game, or even just the school. “It’s a time for the whole town to come together,” he said.
Junior Jessica Way plays tuba in the band, but her favorite part of homecoming is the spirit week activities at school. The best this year? “Glitter Day!” she said. Friends said she decked herself in sparkles from head to toe for the occasion. This week’s “Wacky Alien” theme concludes with the traditional Blue and White day on Friday before the game against Central.
Wednesday’s parade started at the high school, winding through town to the football field, where the girls took the gridiron instead for a powderpuff football game. That’s one of the best parts for MaKayla Jury, sophomore cheerleader.
“It’s great to see the girls on the field for once,” she said.