Homecoming at Mansfield

Mansfield homecoming royalty are, from left, Princess Riley Wisdom and Prince Christian Vargas, seniors; Princess Suzanne Vargas and Prince David MacDonald, juniors; Queen Abigale Smith and King Ian Minatani, sophomores; Princess Tessa Johnson and Prince Carter Shafer, freshmen. In front, crown bearers Jeffrey Hemmer and Cailyn Moore. (Empire Press photo/Adrienne Douke)

 

By Adrienne Douke
Empire Press Correspondent

Midweek activities during Mansfield homecoming week. Students promote Kernel Pride. (Empire Press photo/Adrienne Douke)

Mansfield School was a whirlwind of activities and events during homecoming held Jan. 3-13.

Students started Jan. 3 decorating shopping carts and designing posters for the gym. On Jan. 8, homecoming week began in earnest as students donned costumes with a different theme each day of the week and various activities and competitions were also held.

Monday was Wacky Tacky Day and a kick-off assembly was held. Tuesday followed with Hippie Day and blanket races. Wednesday was Squad Day along with competitions for the best posters, trees and decorated cardboard boxes, followed by dummy hide-and-seek. The day concluded with a bonfire. Thursday was Formal vs. Bum Day and a class relay. Friday’s Shocker Day celebrated school spirit along with a shopping cart parade.

Mansfield homecoming promoted Kernel Pride and students and volunteer staff members worked together to make their Under the Sea theme a “real splash” for visitors.

On Jan. 13, the Mansfield community invited everyone from Douglas County to share in their homecoming celebration, honoring alumni with graduating years ending in “8”.

Shocker basketball began at 3 p.m. with the girls junior varsity.

Mansfield’s Chamber also hosted a turkey dinner. Chamber Treasurer Jennifer Wittig said, “We served over 100 dinners. This is one of our fundraising events that helps support our Playdays, the Mothers Tea and the Giving Tree.”

“Everyone appreciates a hot meal when they are here all day long and we enjoy putting it on,” said Chamber President Mikia Schmidt.

The Mansfield Future Farmers of America (FFA) also held a pie sale and silent auction.

FFA leader Jamey Jo Steele said, “We are overwhelmed with all the pies that were donated to our pie sale and the many items to the silent auction for financial support. It just goes to show you how much community support our FFA has. Having over 100 items for bid at our silent auction is just outstanding support. We would like to thank all of our volunteers and everyone who donated pies and auction items, we appreciate your continued support of our FFA program.”

The Mansfield Booster Club sold concessions and the boys junior varsity game began at 4:30 p.m.

During halftime of the girls varsity game, alumni were recognized. The Avenell family found themselves well represented with three generations and four graduates from 1968, 1988, and 2008 respectively. Jake and Darla Avenell graduated in 1968; Tricia Sima, Jake and Darla’s daughter, graduated in 1988; and Sima’s daughter, Krislinn Weber, graduated in 2008.

“It was fun to enjoy this event with three generations of our family. It was very special and I feel so blessed that all of us could attend it together,” Darla Avenell said.

The Shocker boys varsity played at 7:30 p.m. and during halftime the homecoming royalty were announced. They were Princess Tessa Johnson and Prince Carter Shafer, freshmen; Princess Abigale Smith and Prince Ian Minatani, sophomores; Princess Suzanne Vargas and Prince David MacDonald, juniors; and Princess Riley Wisdom and Prince Christian Vargas, seniors. Named king and queen were Ian Minatani and Abigale Smith. Crown bearers were Cailyn Moore and Jeffrey Hemmer.

The festivities wrapped up with a student dance.

“This whole week is about class competitions and showing Kernel pride,” said Mansfield athletic director, teacher and homecoming co-organizer Jody Flaget. “It is important for the Mansfield community to be able to host varsity athletics in our school. These kids represent our future. We believe it is important for our younger generation of Kernels to participate in and witness Kernel traditions like homecoming. I would like to thank all of our dedicated volunteers, and those who donated and provided so much community support. This is a joint effort and we appreciate all the staff, students and community members who stepped up to make this event a success.”