Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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September 27, 2013

Black light dance highlights ECHS homecoming

East Central High School’s homecoming week will be celebrated Monday-Friday, Sept. 30-Oct. 4, culminating in the football game against the Connersville Spartans.

Student Council officers (President Baxter McCory, Vice President Cassie Batta, Secretary Eric Harrington and Treasurer Shelby Armstrong) and other members are in charge of planning the festivities.

Students can participate in spirit dress-up days: Marvel Monday, Time Warp Tuesday, Woke up Late Wednesday, Thrift Shop Thursday and Neon Friday, which fits in with the week’s theme, “Highligter Homecoming.”

Tuesday after school, each class will decorate a float based on Kings Island rides. “They get to choose a ride and phrase based on it,” Batta reports. The finished products will be displayed in the cafeteria and may possibly be part of a small parade. Staff members will decide who wins the competition.

For “Trojan Tunnels, each class gets a portion of a hallway to decorate,” McCory announces.

“We are selling T-shirts that are neon this year,” Batta says. “They’re very cool.”

The penny wars will be done differently this year. She reveals, “Students will put money toward the teacher they want to see slimed at our pep rally.” Proceeds go toward Carol’s Closet, “a charity in memory of Carol Hester.”

During the Friday afternoon pep rally, “we will call out fall sports, announce spirit royalty, slime a teacher and then have a lot of fun with the band and D.J.,” she says.

During the football game’s halftime break, royalty will be crowned.

After the game, a black light dance for ECHS students and 2013 graduates will be held in the field house. It lasts until 11 p.m. Armstrong reveals, “It’s $5 to get in, or $3 if you bought a T-shirt.”

She encourages students to participate in homecoming activities “because it’s fun, and in high school there’s no repeat button if you don’t enjoy yourself the first time around.”

Harrington believes the week “bolsters school spirit .... homecoming is getting a face-lift, and we’re hoping to get more students involved.”

Batta agrees, “It’s going to be the best one ever. We hope everyone comes and doesn’t miss out on the awesome memories to be made!”

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

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