Community support makes homecoming special

On behalf of Soldotna High School and Soldotna Prep, we would like to thank the community for its support during our Homecoming Week. Our students showed amazing enthusiasm and school spirit throughout the week. They participated in over fifteen activities both during and after school. They ranged from traditional games like Knight, Rider, Princess and Trash Can to newer games like Animal Find and Shipwreck. Classes competed in Peach fuzz Volleyball, Girls Powder Puff Football and class hallway decorating. We concluded a fun filled week with a bonfire, football game, and “Las Vegas” themed dance attended by over 600 students.

We would like to thank many who contributed to the memories that were created for our students: The City of Soldotna and Soldotna Sports Center for allowing us to use the facility for our bonfire; the Soldotna High School cheerleading team for decorating the city and football field, Paul Wright and his staff for all the electronics, Galen Brantley and Eric Pomerleau for help with all the games, volleyball’s Coach K for help with Peach Fuzz, the Gensels and the Hayeses for hall judging, AD Kent Peterson, administrators Todd Syverson, Randy Neill and Curtis Schmidt, and Meggean Bos for DJing the bonfire.

We also appreciate the invaluable assistance of Central Emergency Services, the Soldotna Police Department, Alaska State Troopers, and Soldotna High School Staff. A huge thank you to the many students, staff, parents, and community members who donated their time helping to collect pallets, chaperone activities, and more. We would like to thank the following businesses for their support and contributions: Airport Equipment Rental for the generator, Scott Sundberg for cleanup and hauling away the bonfire debris, Davis Block and Concrete for the delivery and use of the flatbed, Peninsula Pumping for the porta potty, Coca Cola for their donations, Larissa Notter and her team for the photography, DJ extraordinaire Jesse Soyanco, Coach Kyle McFall and girls basketball parents for running the concessions and Tammy’s Flowers and Sedona Florist for the beautiful flowers. Everyone’s willingness to work with us was greatly appreciated.

I would personally like to thank my Student Council for the countless hours they volunteered to make decorations, set up for activities, create and cleanup the dance, and much more. They make this job a daily delight! A special thanks goes out to Kyndra Quiner for making the sashes, and Student Council Advisors Sara Erfurth and Karen Rubesmann for their assistance. Without you, the success of homecoming would not have been possible. A special thanks to the custodial staff of Sohi who were so patient and helpful with decorating and cleanup! You are the best!

Every year, I am reminded of the wonderful community in which I live when we host these events. People’s willingness to offer their assistance is amazing. We, at Soldotna High School, cannot express our gratitude enough for all of the community members who assist in creating memories that will last a lifetime. Thank You!