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Hiawatha’s homecoming has multiple themes

KIRKLAND – Hiawatha’s seniors found ways to celebrate a win on their homecoming week before the football team even played Luther North at home Friday.

A week of homecoming celebrations at Hiawatha included competition between the classes in hallway decorations and Wednesday afternoon’s parade in Kirkland.

Hiawatha’s senior class won the hallway decoration contest for its theme, ancient Egypt, and senior Dawn Failla was proud of the work the seniors did on their Egyptian-themed float in the parade.

“We just started throwing ideas out there, and we all thought this would be kind of easy to decorate, and it would be a lot of fun to dress up as ancient [Egyptians]. It turned out pretty good,” Failla said. “We had all of the guys hand-make all this stuff. So we’ve got to give credit to all of the guys.”

At Hiawatha, each class is allowed to pick its own theme for the week, said student council adviser and math teacher Anthony Bartman.

While the seniors celebrated ancient Egypt, the juniors had a jungle theme, the sophomore class went with a country motif, and the freshmen went Hollywood.

“The students pick the themes, and it’s based on whatever they want to do,” Bartman said. “Each class has a float that they put together.

“They build it at people’s houses and bring them on the day of the parade. We’re excited to see what they have.”

Wednesday’s parade started at the high school, and went down South Street and 6th Street before heading back to the school.

Along the way, Hiawatha’s band played, while the classes displayed their floats and had pride chants for their class.

“It’s a whole week of celebration,” Bartman said. “They decorate the hallways. There’s a point system, with activities. ... They win bragging rights.”

The winners of the homecoming court will be announced during the 7 p.m. football game Friday at the school.

“Being a senior, this is our final year so it means more than any other year, because this is it,” Failla said. “This is our time to shine.”

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