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Photo by Pat Sunderland Lucy Streich, Jenna Sutliff and Nathanael Santonastaso get in the spirit of Camo Day Monday at Delta High School.

The Delta High School Student Council is emphasizing school unity for Homecoming Week, building Panther Pride through fun activities, boisterous cheers and recognition of both athletic and academic accomplishments.

The fun began Monday with Camo Day, the first dress-up day of the week. Camouflage attire, Duck Dynasty T-shirts and fake beards all earned student points. Twins, triplets and quadruplets filled the halls for Clone Day on Tuesday. Wednesday's theme is "Woke Up Like Dis." It shouldn't take students long to get in the spirit of this one -- they'll just have to roll out of bed and head to school in their pajamas.

Wednesday night at 7:30, the highly entertaining Mr. Delta pageant will be held in the commons. The contest will consist of three parts -- talent, interview and demonstration of Delta Pride. The pageant is open to the public; admission is $3 per person.

Throwback Thursday will feature volleyball and softball competition at 4 p.m., followed by a bonfire on the northeast practice field. With a flatbed truck serving as the stage, an Olympic-style torch will be passed from team to team as team captains share the highlights of their seasons. Each team will also be leading a cheer. After the symbolic passing of the torch, the bonfire will be lit by Delta's volunteer firefighters.

The spirited week of competition ends Friday with students dressing in green and white. Throughout the week, students have been awarded points for participation in dress-up days. There will be a chance to pick up additional points during "Hunger Games," a series of activities planned for the lunch hour. Cornhole, kickball, chess, ultimate Frisbee, sidewalk decorating and Knowledge Bowl will provide an opportunity for students to display a broad range of skills.

After lunch, instructors from Bill Heddles Recreation Center will teach a Zumba routine to each class. Following the short lesson, students will gather in the gym. There, more points will be awarded to the winners of the Zumba competition and other class games. Student council members report they'll be mixing things up at the assembly by recognizing student achievement, teaching class cheers that can be used at the football game, and highlighting the DHS show choir. Future assemblies will also highlight DHS talent.

Winning points for the class cheer won't simply mean yelling the loudest -- "style" points will also be awarded for spirit and enthusiasm.

The assembly will conclude with the school song, free Homecoming T-shirts for all participants and popsicles for the class with the most points.

The Homecoming royalty will also be announced at Friday's assembly. At halftime of the football game, the king and queen and their court will ride onto the field in classic automobiles provided by local car club members. The halftime show will also feature the marching band performing selections from its field show, "Infected."

The Panthers will face Basalt for the Homecoming football game, which begins at 7 p.m. Prior to the game, the Delta FFA Chapter is hosting a tailgate party featuring pulled pork sandwiches. The cost is $7 per plate.

Homecoming Week wraps up Saturday with a semi-formal dance from 8 to 11 p.m.

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