OSWEGO, NY – It was a memorable spirit week at the Oswego High School and for many students it was their best homecoming weekend.
Executive Principal Pete Myles said, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œIt was one of the best spirit weeks ever. There was a tremendous amount of teacher and student participation in the daily events. The pep rally was fantastic. The student involvement was widespread and Buc Fest was great.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
This year the homecoming and spirit week at the Oswego High School were greatly expanded and the enthusiasm was tremendous.
Junior Class Advisor Tai Jackson said, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œI thought spirit week went really well. I saw the excitement build all week with the students. I have actually had faculty members say they have not seen that much school spirit in a long time and that is a huge compliment.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
The week kicked off with a parade from Breitbeck Park to the high school where the senior and junior girls squared off in the annual powder puff football game.
The underclassmen were also involved in a tug of war between freshmen and sophomores.
The night was capped off with a huge bonfire.
Throughout the week a variety of special events filled the high school with the pre-game festivities culminating with a tremendous pep rally on Friday afternoon.
Powers Gymnasium at the Frederick Leighton Elementary School was packed to the rafters.
Students celebrated as teacher Kirk Mulverhill and Board of Education Vice President Sean Madden received ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œMohawkÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â style haircuts and then had their hair sprayed blue and white.
Cheerleaders performed and tugs of war were held with the seniors eventually defeating the faculty.
The highlight of the pep rally was the making of a ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œhuman sundae.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
Math teacher Phil Reed was ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œelectedÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â by the student body to be covered with ice cream and 15 toppings.
Reed proved to be a good sport as he sat in the center of the gym in a kiddy pool.
By the time it was over he had been coated with chocolate chips, strawberries, pineapple, peanut butter, fudge, marshmallows, and just about every other messy topping imaginable.
As the making of the human sundae neared completion he was surrounded by members of his Oswego High School girlsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ varsity basketball team who completed the job by spraying whipped cream all over their coach.
After school the high school students were joined by elementary youngsters and community members at the first Buc Fest.
The Buc Boosters supported this unique event.
The entire practice area south of the varsity football field became a carnival like atmosphere.
Youngsters enjoyed face painting, dancing to music from John Bletch and the Predators, enjoying bloominÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ onions, fried dough and snow cones, jumped on board the inflatables and watched as teacher Megan Daley kissed a pig.
Jackson noted, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThanks have to go out to Phil Reed and Megan Daley as well as John Bletch and the Predators for playing at Buc Fest. The Buc Boosters and all others that volunteered at Buc Fest made this a great event. I would also like to thank the OHS faculty and staff and Acting Superintendent of Schools Bill Crist for their support and encouragement throughout the week.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
Then to cap off the week the varsity football team scored a thrilling 46-44 victory over Newark and the homecoming dance followed.
For the senior class Lauren Hunt and Ryan Burger were crowned queen and king and included in the court were Christian Scaccia, Mo Donovan, Katie Metcalf, Adam McPherson, Nick Mezza and Andrew Anderson. Jeremy Gosek and Brooke Reifinger were winners in the junior class of the prince and princess and the court included Samuel Czarnecki, Jamie Reynolds, Mike Brown, Katie Anderson, Maggie McCloskey and Maia Czarnecki.
Acting Superintendent of Schools Crist gave credit to those who created this yearÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s event.
He noted, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œEveryone involved isÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â to be commended for their commitment, organization and enthusiasm for all of the events revitalizing our homecoming celebration and activities. I would like to congratulate all of the people who assisted in many practices, meetings and planning sessions that went into this fantastic week.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
Judy Dunsmoor, who spearheaded the Buc Fest effort for the Buc Boosters, said, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œIt was a wonderful event and the kids, parents, teachers and all who attended seemed to have fun.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
She indicated there was a long list of donations and contributions to the district including the Oswego Buc Boosters, Bosco and Geers, Wal-Mart, Visual Creations, Barlow Concessions, RaymondÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Tent, Kraftees, Nancy Townsend, City of Oswego, New York Bold LLC., Gibby Thompson, Frito Lay, DoughteryÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Fun Services, Jeff King, Eagle Beverage, Marie Schadt, John Bletch and the Predators and all of the Oswego students, faculty, staff and parents who volunteered.
The Bucs were in the spotlight throughout the week.
Warren Shaw, Junior Class Co-Advisor said, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚ÂBucs of all ages had an opportunity to come together and enjoy a variety of events all week. The Buc Boosters and class officers worked together to plan and arrange some great events.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
Planning is already under way for next year.