Devils Lake High School students, faculty and staff are celebrating Homecoming 2016 starting Monday and all through the week.

Devils Lake High School students, faculty and staff are celebrating Homecoming 2016 starting Monday and all through the week.

Today is “er” day where most at the high school are dressed up as something or someone whose title ends in “er” like DLHS Principal Ryan Hanson who is dressed as a Buccaneer. Everywhere you look in the halls of DLHS there are students dressed in costumes and they plan to be all week.

Monday was “er” day, Tuesday will be “Old person day,” Wednesday will be “Food Day,” Thursday will be “Alter Ego Day,” and Friday “School Colors Day.”

If your son or daughter dons a grey wig, grabs a cane and heads off to class with lines drawn on their face, then you’ll know it’s Tuesday and it’s Homecoming Week at DLHS.

Ryan Haahr, senior at DLHS, says he has a hot dog costume to wear on Wednesday for Food Day.

Heaven only knows what they will wear on Thursday but Friday seniors will wear black, juniors will wear white, sophomores will wear red and freshmen will wear yellow.

Monday evening at 7 p.m. the girl’s Powder Puff Football game will take place in Roller Field with the seniors taking on the juniors. A bon fire will end the first day of Homecoming week.

Tuesday following the first home volleyball game - played in the Sweetwater Elementary School Gym - will be the coronation of Homecoming Royalty.

Thursday evening there is a Volleyball game at South.

Friday there’s the big pep rally in the Sports Complex and the boy’s Powder Puff Football Game with the juniors challenging the seniors.

Saturday morning will see the DLHS Homecoming Parade at 10 a.m. starting from Ruger Park, moving south along 4th Avenue to 4th Street, turning on 4th Street and proceeding west to LaMotte’s where the parade will end. The classes will each have a float in the parade and according to Emily Windjue, the seniors have held the float championship for three years, so they’re the ones to beat!

At 3 p.m. will be the Devils Lake “Bird Bowl” as the Firebirds take on the Eagles from Davies in Roller Field.

The Homecoming Dance will end the week’s activities from 9 - 12 p.m. in the Sweetwater Elementary School Gymnasium.

Jenna Windjue says it is going to be a fun week but she credits the Student Council for their hard work.

“There have been some bumps in the road,” she said. “Like having to move the volleyball game and coronation on Tuesday and the dance on Saturday to Sweetwater because the Sports Center gym floor isn’t ready yet. But it will still be a fun week with lots of fun things happening.”

Hanson stood in the hallway as students arrived Monday morning and said he was impressed with the number of students who  were dressed up, “It is good to see so much participation from the students,” he said. “That makes it all the more fun.”

Haahr said that even the younger students might feel shy the first day or two, but by the end of the week, they will all be dressing up and getting in the spirit of Homecoming. It is a week the students and alumni all look forward to each year.