Shanksville student council hosted its fourth annual homecoming celebration last month, which was held in the Shanksville community grove. The night was full of excitement and events.
The evening's festivities began with a corn hole tournament, sponsored by the senior class. Entries were open to students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the community. The event drew a substantial audience, with spectators ranging from parents, to local business owners, to alumni of the school. Competitors fought for the title of "Corn Doggie," and the fierce competition concluded with junior Ryan Platt and senior Jordan Wilt claiming the coveted title. The fundraiser earned the senior class $160.00.
The highlight of the night was the crowning of the 2013 homecoming court. Seniors Carter Slade and Amanda Struky were crowned homecoming king and queen. The court was rounded out by freshmen Elizabeth Reese and Baily Blackburn, sophomores Erin Maust and Jake Wilt, juniors Kate Duppstadt and Ryan Platt, and seniors Kelsey Foor, Lydia Swank, Austin Thomson and Jordan Wilt. After the announcement of the court, the junior class began their fundraiser, "Duct Tape a Teacher." Teachers volunteered to participate and the student body voted for the two teachers they would like to see duct taped to a pole during the celebration. Community members and students had the opportunity purchase strips of duct tape throughout the night that would be used to tape the teachers to the pole. In the end, it was teachers Matt Long and David Jenkins who were strapped to the pole.
"While I was a bit apprehensive about the idea, I wanted to help out the junior class," Jenkins said. "Everyone had fun, and so did I."
The event raised nearly $200 for the junior class. The evening concluded with a musical performance by the local band, Saving Elizabeth. Shanksville senior Jake Clark, a member of the band, volunteered to perform throughout the night. The audience was treated to a variety of songs by bands such as Blink 182 and Good Charlotte, which kept the event rocking into the night.
"I think this year's Homecoming went extremely well," said Foor, president of student council. "This year had the biggest turnout compared to years past, and I hope that it continues to be a great time for the school and community."