Tallmadge High School hosted numerous events to celebrate its homecoming week, Oct. 7-12. The festivities kicked off with Spirit Week and culminated in the homecoming dance on Saturday night at the high school. Language arts teacher and senior class advisor Julie Headrick and the senior class officers helped plan all of the homecoming week events, along with the other class executive boards.

Spirit Week consisted of Media Monday, where students dressed up as their favorite social media meme or trend; Too Lazy Tuesday, which allowed students to dress in their pajamas; Surfers vs. Greasers Wednesday, where students chose which group to dress as; and Spirit Day on Thursday, where students were encouraged to wear blue and gold, the school’s colors. There was no school on Friday.

Thursday of homecoming week was very busy for Tallmadge High School students. They attended a pep assembly in the afternoon, then in the evening, there was a homecoming parade followed by a bonfire behind the school. To cap off the evening, female students played in a powder puff flag football game, where male students served as coaches, at the new Tallmadge Blue Devil stadium.

The homecoming football game was played on Friday night. At halftime, the homecoming court was announced and the new queen was crowned. The court included: freshmen attendants Ava Wood and Alex Wagner; sophomore attendants Mia Hurst and Mason Dexter; junior attendants Kelsey Bellman and Carmen Scaccio; and senior attendants Zara Scaccio and Spencer Marfy, Olivia Swain and Luke Thomas, Amelia Perdue and Joe Bowman, Brooke Frazier and Jesse Kanatzar, and Rory Murphy and William Cummins. Senior Olivia Swain was crowned as the new queen. Tallmadge ended up losing the game to Kent Roosevelt High School.

On Saturday night, more than 550 students attended the homecoming Rustic Romance-themed dance, complete with vintage, country barn decorations. At the dance, senior William Cummins was crowned as the new king.

"We had a lot of volunteers, about 50-75 people, including students and parents come in to help decorate on Saturday morning and get everything ready for the dance," Headrick said. "Our PTSA also volunteered to supply food and desserts and run the coat room, so it was truly a team effort, and we are so thankful. We would never be able to pull off such a great event without everyone coming together and pitching in."

For more information about the Tallmadge City School District, visit www.tallmadgeschools.org.