Homecoming 2018 at Nevada High School was a memorable week for all of the right reasons. The week started off Sunday night with students decorating business windows in downtown Nevada and the hallways of Nevada High School. The senior hallway was decorated in black, the junior hallway was decorated in white, the sophomore hallway was decorated in blue and the freshmen hallway was decorated in red. As I entered the building Monday morning, I could feel the excitement in the air, and it was great to see school pride covering our hallways. The tone was set for a great week!

Each day of the week had a different theme, encouraging students and faculty/staff to dress accordingly. Monday was “Color Day.” Each class dressed in a different color, while the faculty/staff members were decked out in Hawaiian attire. Tuesday was “Twin Day,” Wednesday was “Meme/Vine Day,” Thursday was “—ER Day” and Friday was “Purple and Gold Spirit Day.” Our students continue to amaze me with their creativity and demonstration of school spirit.

On Tuesday of homecoming week, we had our annual parade, which showcased our students and their involvement in various activities and, of course, the convertible entries honoring the homecoming king and queen candidates and our Grand Marshal, Dr. Heather Ludwig. A big THANK YOU to the Nevada community…it was great to see the community support the parade, which took place on a day that was full of rain showers. Luckily, everyone stayed dry!

Following the parade was the coronation of our king and queen in the HS gym. Jack Cahill was crowned homecoming king and Kelby Rewerts was crowned the homecoming queen. Aidan Anderson, Ethan Wild, Jakob Strottman, and Sam Abraham were our other king candidates. Ryanne Barker, Lesly Abarca, Libby Burlage and Caitlyn Tibodeau joined Kelby as the queen candidates. Tuesday evening concluded with the annual dodgeball tournament, where the junior boys were proclaimed the champions while the stylish mom and dad teams once again stole the show.

Friday of “Homecoming Week” is always an exciting day, and the district-wide assembly was once again the highlight. The pep assembly took place in the high school gym and was louder than ever. The entire elementary, middle school and high school students were joined together to scream, yell and cheer for the Cubs. It was exciting to have all levels of students interact together, though this was not their first meeting of the week. Members from our volleyball, cross-country, football, flagline and cheerleading teams joined our homecoming king and queen in having breakfast with the elementary students. Also, the homecoming candidates spent time reading to our elementary friends throughout the week. One thing is for sure: Nevada Cub Pride is alive and well in not only the high school, but also at the middle school and Central Elementary.

Friday concluded with the homecoming football game, where the Cubs defeated Vinton-Shellsburg for our first homecoming victory in many years. The marching band rocked their halftime show, while the fireworks display was one to remember. We had a great crowd and it was exciting to see so many students, parents and alumni in the stands cheering on the Cubs.

The week also produced other successes: our volleyball team defeated South Hamilton on Sept. 20, and followed that up with a strong performance at our home volleyball tournament on Sept. 22. Our cross-country teams had a great showing at the Roland-Story meet on Sept. 20 and continue to improve each week. Last but not least, the sophomore girls were the 2018 Powder Puff Champions, defeating the seniors with an impressive 20-0 victory. The week concluded with the homecoming dance in the HS Commons. It was awesome seeing so many students participating. When it was all said and done, over 425 students attended the 2018 Homecoming dance…it was a fitting end to a great week!

As you can see, Homecoming 2018 was a week full of excitement and daily reminders of how lucky we are to work with our students on a regular basis. I personally am privileged to work with a faculty/staff that support all of the “distractions” homecoming week presents. I have the privilege to lead a student body that follows instructions and is respectful in their words and actions. And last but not least, I am privileged to work with parents and a community who support their youth. Thank you to everyone who made this week a memorable experience for our students. I especially want to thank Greg Baethke, Heidi Grimm, Kirsten Weber, Dustin Smith, Vawn Thiphasouk, Kristin Wakeman, Lori Arends, Jeff Baker, Elizabeth Gindt and our student council members, who all went above and beyond to make this year’s “Homecoming Week” a complete success. GO CUBS!

Kody Asmus is principal at Nevada High School.