School spirit reigns at NHS Homecoming

| Barbara Lawlor • Nederland |

It was a week of Panther Pride, of costume days, of middle school and high school students feeling the same unity. It was Homecoming Week, and on Friday, the entire Nederland Middle/Senior High School student body met in the gymnasium to vent some of the energy that had been building up.
High school guys dressed up like the girls’ volleyball team and the girls wore football jerseys. Other students dressed like video game characters. After the Loquations sang the Star Spangled Banner, the crowd roared in one voice.
Athletic Director Bob Billings addressed the students saying that this homecoming assembly was about more than just sports, it was also to acknowledge the great work of the students who achieved more growth in the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program scores than any other in the Boulder Valley School District. A banner proclaiming the good news will go up in town.
Angie Ritt announced that the Fall Plays are in rehearsal and students from every grade are participating in the theater program. The soccer boys’ cheerleading team wowed the bleacher crowd, and football team members brought the house down with their dancing antics that they all took very seriously.
After the assembly, the students filed outside to watch the traditional Lady Panthers’ football game, a flag football challenge played by female athletes who showed amazing prowess at the sport. The Sophomore-Junior team beat the Seniors, 21-14.
During the halftime of Saturday’s football game, the class floats rode around the football field portraying the video game theme, and on Friday night the Homecoming royalty was announced.
At the Homecoming Dance, two kings, Holden Reecer and Connor Steele, were crowned.