The pride of Priest River

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The homecoming parade heads past City Hall and up High Street last Wednesday.

   PRIEST RIVER —  Students wearing country western garb one day and throwback 80’s clothes the next. The streets of Priest River shut down for a parade and showing of pride. Educators lip-syncing and dancing to the 70’s hit ‘Staying Alive.’

   — Ahhh homecoming week.  

   A wacky time of year when the student body comes alive, the community rallies around their Spartans, and maybe the only time of year when it’s deemed acceptable for an adult to dust off their old letterman jacket and join in on the fun.

   Busy working on decorating their respective hall and float for the parade, the students at Priest River Lamanna High School managed to squeeze in a game night last Tuesday that didn’t disappoint.

   From stacking ding dongs  on, and trying to eat oreos off your forehead to keeping a feather afloat with only your breath — the game night got the week off to a great start.

   The junior class won the night, which would become the theme for the class of 2013-14 that also won the powderpuff football game and the overall competition between classes.

   Amber Trantum tied the championship game on an 8-yard touchdown and Wendy Stokes won the game in overtime with a 10-yard touchdown run to beat the freshman.

   The assembly on Wednesday had something for everyone; sports, music, dance, and even food.

   Spirit filled Spartan Arena with rousing speeches, including not too bad of a Varsity Blues impression by Cameron Riley, to provide support for Priest River’s athletes.

   Not since the days of Milli Vanilli has there been such convincing lip-syncing as the four classes squared off not only against themselves but an uninhibited group of teachers.

   The freshman put on a show with their “Hollywood” theme, the sophomores excited the crowd with a “Future” theme, the juniors showed they were ready for some football with a “Madden” theme and the seniors haunted your sleep with a “Nightmare” theme — but as always, it was the teachers who stole the show. Wearing giant afro wigs, oversized sun glasses and bell-bottomed suits that made you want to scream...once you were done laughing.

   Food may have been misleading as only one person ate at the event; teacher and coach Mark Schultz, who made the best out of being blasted with a pie in the face. Schultz was the winner, if you can call it that, of a fundraiser for the National Honor Society. The faculty member with the most money raised to their name took the pie in the face. Schultz raised $79.

   One of the best parades to date took place next, as students piled on top of floats and into the backs of trucks for a trip around town. The best stops being at Priest River Elementary, where K-6 students’ faces lit up with smiles when they saw their role models rolling down the street and at Priest River Junior High, where the student excitement ran over and into the streets.

   Workers from local business lined the streets to see the action as well and the students had a chance to see those businesses that supported them by decorating. One such business being Panhandle State Bank, which won the community decorating contest.

   A parking lot party picked things back up on Friday and the football team made sure to put a stamp on the week with a 49-28 win over the Wildcats, who could only watch as their team and a ‘Wildcat Wagon’ got smashed.

   Royalty would also be announced at halftime of the football game.

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