Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

January 24, 2014

OA celebrates 10th homecoming Jan. 24

Diane Raver The Herald-Tribune
The Batesville Herald-Tribune

---- — In 2004, Oldenburg Academy celebrated a milestone with its first homecoming basketball game. On Friday, Jan. 24, it will host the 10th annual event.

Homecoming shirts, designed by senior Jenna Morgan, are being sold. “They are navy blue with ‘Twister Homecoming’ and a basketball in the middle,” reports Amy Grills, Student Council moderator.

“We are having a pep rally Friday afternoon. We will honor the boys’ basketball team, along with other winter sports teams – girls’ basketball, swimming and cheerleading .... another fun event planned for that evening is a chili supper organized by OA parents, with proceeds benefiting the 2014 AfterProm. It starts at 5 p.m. in the student lounge.”

The Twisters will play the Southwest Hanover Rebels, with the junior varsity game beginning at 6 p.m. followed by the varsity competition around 8 p.m.

Royalty (senior king and queen, junior prince and princess, sophomore lord and lady and freshman duke and duchess) will be crowned between the games.

In addition, “OA is thrilled to welcome back members of the Class of 2004, the first class at OA to include male graduates. We are looking forward to honoring the visionary leadership of this groundbreaking group of young men and women,” reports school President Diane Laake.

The Twister Cheer & Dance Team will perform a dance during the varsity game’s halftime. Squad members include seniors Emily Sanders (captain), Batesville, and Jenna Morgan, Hamburg; junior Marissa Wroblewski, Greensburg; sophomores Zoe Brown, Dillsboro; Shannon Deal, Erica Geers and Emma Geis, Batesville; Maria Lewis, Moores Hill; and Claudia Schuckmann and Breeanna Zimmer, Bright; and freshmen Mia Hillenbrand and Kira Krause, Batesville; Michaela Hartman, Sunman; Leah Stirn, Brookville; and Savannah Stratman, Aurora. They are coached by Wendy Deal.

The pep orchestra, led by instrumental music director Kris Wampler, will play throughout the games. The Academy Singers, led by choral director Brian Knueven, will sing the national anthem prior to the varsity game.

A dance sponsored by the Twister Cheer & Dance Team follows the game in the St. Louis School old gym. “The cheerleaders are decorating in navy and white to help spread Twister Homecoming spirit,” Grills announces. Music will be provided by Wayne Gibson, Brookville. Admission is $5, and dress is casual. Each OA student is invited to attend along with a guest.

Sanders points out, “I am looking forward to Friday because we are allowed to wear jeans if we have purchased a homecoming T-shirt. Also, I’m just looking forward to the homecoming game and dance because we get to celebrate our school and hang out with friends.

“I encourage students to participate because you only have four years of high school. These are the best days of our lives! Being a senior, I appreciate this homecoming the most because this will be my last one.”

Diane Raver can be contacted at or 812-934-4343, Ext. 114.