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Arlee celebrates alumni during homecoming festivities

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ARLEE – Teacher Sue Carney announced the winners of different Arlee homecoming contests during half time at the football game on Friday night, just after the sun went down on a crisp fall evening.

She said that she asked her students if they knew about the true meaning of Homecoming Week. She received various answers about football games and school spirit, which are all part of it, but she explained that it was about one more thing.

“It’s a celebration of the alumni,” she said. And she encouraged all the graduating seniors to return next year to join in the festivities to celebrate their success. 

Carney introduced the homecoming king and queen candidates as they rode around the track on the hoods of shiny cars. Leroy and Alvaretta Morin let the senior candidates ride on the hood of their 1966 Stingray Corvette. Tom and Gloria Haynes let the juniors use their 1970 Dodge Challenger. Tom Tanner brought in his 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air for the sophomores, and Jen Crawford had a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro for the freshmen. 

Royalty candidates moved to the back of a flatbed truck set up with chairs to find out who would be crowned. The lineup included seniors Reece Doney and Haley Crawford; juniors George Shick and Mia Johnson; sophomores Phil Malatare and Ashley Tanner; and freshmen Rylan Crawford and Shawntaya Nelson. After several group photos were taken, Shick was crowned king and Tanner was crowned queen.   

Tanner later described homecoming week as full of excitement. She said the weeklong festivities started out with a hall decorating contest in the school with a red and white theme. The juniors took first with their carnival. Freshmen placed second with “Under the Sea,” and the seniors placed third with “Red and White.” The sophomores took fourth with “Dancing with Class of 2020.” 

The week also included several dress up contests assigned each day. Tanner said she was sick on Tuesday so she missed Duo Day, but on Wednesday she dressed as Minnie Mouse. 

Sophomores won the spirit award. George Shick was the most spirited Warrior, and it was a tie between Laurencia Starblanket and Eden Morin for the most spirited Scarlet. Gerald and Kassie Parson won the “paint the town red” contest.

During the football game, the Arlee Booster Club sold balloons to raise money to benefit the school’s teams. They’ve raised almost $30,000 in the past 20 years, which is just about enough to get an electronic reader board set up in town at the Brown Building along U.S. Hwy. 93.

“It will have information about what is going on at the school and the community,” said Val Espinoza, booster club volunteer. She said donations are still welcome at the school to help with the final costs of the project. The reader board is expected to go up later this fall. 

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