School will have early homecoming

Ron Burtz

The new school year just started last week, but Custer’s homecoming celebration is next week already. The week of special days and events culminating with the parade and football game was originally scheduled for October, but had to be moved up due to a conflict with the Lakota Nation Invitational volleyball tournament. That, along with the fact that long-time high school student council advisor Sandy Arseneault took a leave of absence this year, left school leaders scrambling to put together a schedule of events for Homecoming 2021.
Traditionally homecoming week starts Monday with a special theme dress-up day, but since Monday is Labor Day, there will be no school. However, the coronation of the homecoming king and queen will take place Monday at 7 p.m. at the high school theatre.
Tuesday will be “GRAMMYs Day” in recognition of the music industry’s GRAMMY Awards. Elementary and high school students are encouraged to dress up as their favorite singer. That night the girls volleyball teams host Sturgis at the Armory for games beginning at 5 p.m. with the varsity game set to begin at 7.
On Wednesday’s “In-service Day,” students will dress as a teacher, and on “Rivalry Day,” Thursday, students will dress in a rival school’s colors. The cross country team travels to Belle Fourche for an invitational meet that afternoon and in the evening the Wildcat volleyball team hosts the Hot Springs Bison.
Friday is “Wildcat Pride Day” when students will dress in the school colors of purple and gold. Friday is also the day of the jr./sr. high school class lip sync battle, class games, the pep rally and the homecoming parade.
The biggest schedule change impacts the homecoming football game which is being moved from Friday to Saturday evening. The Booster Club will hold a fundraiser tailgate party at Wildcat Stadium beginning at 5 p.m. with the kickoff of the game against Canton at 6 p.m.
Check back with next week’s Chronicle for updates and coverage of Monday’s coronation.

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