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Raiders plan to make a "Splash" for Homecoming 2020

Unwilling to allow COVID-19 to stop their school spirit, the Meyersdale Area High School Student Council is planning to make the 2020 Red Raider Homecoming celebration an event that is filled with spirit, will comply with safety guidelines; and be a “Splash” of school spirit!


2020 Homecoming - Paint Splash  will be celebrated by the Red Raiders during the week of October 19 through 23. A homecoming celebration will be held on Thursday, October 22 for students in grades nine through 12 at the football field from 7 to 9 p.m. Students must sign up for this evening of Raider Pride. The celebration will include a DJ, a bonfire, cornhole, hotdogs, smores, and hot chocolate. 


Organizers are planning to maintain the tradition of selecting a Homecoming Queen and King, as well as attendants. A virtual Homecoming Assembly is planned for Thursday, Oct. 22.  The District's IT department will be working with the Student Council to live-stream the Homecoming Assembly into homerooms to allow all students to enjoy this annual tradition.  Students will select their class attendants before the assembly and then the student body will vote for Queen and King after the assembly.  The results of the contest will be announced during the 2020 Homecoming game against the Shade Panthers on Friday, October 23. 


According to Patti Shaulis, Student Council advisor, maintaining a sense of normalcy and tradition was important to the students. 


“We are trying to make every effort to have Homecoming for our students as traditional as possible in the middle of what is not a very normal year,” she explained. 


According to Craig Gindlesperger, Director of Athletics, the District will be allowing three persons per rostered band, cheer and  football to attend the game. The away opponent is permitted two persons per rostered football player. The game will be professionally live-streamed by Commercial Video Services.


Students will continue the tradition of Homecoming banners based on this year’s theme  - Paint Splash. The freshmen have been assigned the color blue; sophomores will be green; juniors will feature the color purple; and the seniors will celebrate all things yellow!


While the school year may look and seem vastly different, every effort is being made to provide students with a safe and educational environment. 


“The Red Raider family of students has been amazing throughout the start of the 2020-2021 school year.  Although at times disappointed because of restrictions, our students continue to rise to the occasion, making the most of a difficult situation,” John Wiltrout, MAHS Principal said. “Our administration and faculty continue to look for ways to keep our students safe as we carry on our M.A.H.S. traditions such as homecoming.  I look forward to a great week of homecoming events.  I would also like to thank the high school faculty, staff, and custodians for the amazing job they have done this year and the long, but rewarding hours they spend serving our students.”


Student Council President Olivia Miller said every effort has been made to create a Homecoming celebration students will enjoy. 


 “We, student council officers, really think that it is important to have a homecoming celebration in the midst of everything because those moments we share outside of school are the memories we are going to cherish and remember about high school,” Miller concluded.