Mundelein celebrates homecoming
Sophomores Danica Vendiola, left, and Katie Stanczykiewicz lay out specially designed T-shirts to mark the occasion of Homecoming 2012. Mundelein High celebrates homecoming Friday. The Sweet 16 candidates for homecoming court were announced at an assembl
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Updated: September 24, 2012 7:26PM
MUNDELEIN — With school back in session, Mundelein High School is saying hello to newcomers and welcoming back familiar faces.
Monday kicked off homecoming week and students, faculty, family and friends were invited to come out and show their Mustang Pride.
“This is definitely the biggest time of year,” said faculty member Samantha Fehrman. “The students really love supporting their school. It’s fun for everyone involved.”
Fehrman is the sophomore class sponsor for student leadership and is in her fourth year of involvement with homecoming planning.
The 2012 theme of Old Hollywood was decided after a rather unanimous decision by the student body.
The Sweet Sixteen homecoming candidates were announced at an assembly Monday morning in the gymnasium. It also was the first of the week’s five dress-up days. Students dressed as their favorite movie character and look-a-likes were seen walking the halls.
On Tuesday, students were asked to look into their future and journey down a career path by dressing as their desired occupation.
Students saw double on Wednesday’s twin dress-up day and the lady Mustangs geared up for their evening Powder Puff Game.
Alumni Brittany Grogan recalls the Powder Puff game being her favorite part of homecoming week. Grogan, a 2011 graduate, participated in Powder Puff all four years of her high school career at MHS.
“It was a really great time for me to be with the girls in my grade. It was special because it was always the same group of us who played together. We just wished that it could have come around more than once a year,” Grogan said.
Grogan plans to attend the football game against Zion-Benton on Friday night along with fellow alums from her class. Grogan’s younger brother, Josh, now an MHS senior, also will attend.
Grogan is the oldest of seven children and said she looks forward to participating in homecoming events for years to come as her younger siblings come to call the walls of MHS their high school home.
The senior girls ventured in to the wee hours of the night on Wednesday reminiscing and anticipating their final year together at the Senior Girls Sleepover.
“They don’t mind the late night at all,” said Fehrman of the sleepover that ends at 2 a.m. “They get to decorate the school, give each other makeovers and just be together as seniors.”
This afternoon students will be treated to an indoor marching band concert and will channel their inner tourist for dress-up day.
Friday is Spirit Day with a long list of events to attend. The Homecoming King and Queen along with their court will be announced at the afternoon assembly and the parade begins at 3:30 p.m.
“The parade is a big deal,” said Fehrman. “We get a pretty big crowd of students, families and community members.”
This year’s parade will feature a car-decorating contest. Each class will be given a car donated by a community member for the competition, supplies and one hour before the parade to decorate. The winning class takes home bragging rights.
In the evening, the MHS Mustangs will take on the Zion-Benton Zee Bees at the sophomore and varsity levels. This will be the first homecoming game to be played on the newly installed synthetic turf field.
Students will put on their party dresses and dancing shoes Saturday night and head to the main gym for the homecoming dance, culminating the week’s festivities. An estimated 1,200 to 1,300 students are scheduled to attend.