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Prescott High students celebrate homecoming week

PRESCOTT - Students at Prescott High School are gearing up for a four-day week of homecoming events that culminate Friday night, Sept. 11, with a football game against the North Canyon Rattlesnakes.

The theme for this year is "Badger Pride is Prescott-wide."

"We wanted to focus on everything to do in the community," Student Council member Katie Townsend said.

Throughout the week, students will dress up and decorate halls for four daily themes, all with local ties to the Prescott area.

Tuesday is "Prescott's Great Outdoors," so Badgers will show up with fishing, hiking, hunting and boating attire. On Wednesday, they go western and patriotic with "World's Oldest Rodeo." Then on Thursday, they're getting out the Santa hats and other festive holiday garb for "Courthouse Lighting." And in preparation for Friday night's game, the week wraps up with "Blue and Gold Never Gets Old."

Student leadership moved the homecoming dance away from the weekend. This year, it'll be Wednesday night, and it's going to be downtown, on Whiskey Row.

The dance will be at the recently opened Holiday Courtyard in the space occupied by the Bird Cage Saloon, Pearl's Place Café and the Prescott Food Store until a May 2012 fire destroyed the building.

"The main reason for (moving the dance to Wednesday) was the plaza was booked for Saturday and we needed it," Student Body President Nathan Tenney said.

Tenney said having the dance downtown fits with the rest of the week's tie-ins to local culture.

"It incorporates the theme downtown on the courthouse plaza," he said.

Because the dance is mid-week, royalty won't yet be announced, so instead of the traditional king and queen dance, all royalty nominees will have their moment in the spotlight.

The school's annual homecoming parade at 6 p.m. Thursday - with the usual lineup of clubs, athletic teams, the marching band and themed floats - will make its way through downtown before the bonfire at Prescott Mile High Middle School.

"We're burning a papier-mâché snake," Townsend said, a reference to the following night's game against the Rattlesnakes.

On Friday, students will rally for the night's game at a pep assembly, and royalty will get a chance to perform skits and ask for students' votes.

The king and queen will be announced at halftime of the football game.

The game starts at 7 p.m., and student leaders ask PHS fans to wear all blue.

"It's a blue-out," Townsend said.

Follow reporter Les Bowen on Twitter @NewsyLesBowen. Reach him at 928-445-3333, ext. 1110, or 928-830-9503.

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