Homecoming week activities for Decorah High School students will commence with the Viking Olympics on Sunday, September 17. This event aims to encourage team building among students across all grade levels.
Each of the ten teams competing will consist of students from each grade level. They will apply their skills in trivia, kickball, pickleball, bags, and tug of war. A new feature this year will be a flag decorating contest. The students will design and decorate a flag that represents their team and school spirit. The flags will be presented during opening ceremonies of Viking Olympics and will then be displayed in school throughout the week. Proceeds from this event will be donated to the Decorah Community Food Pantry.
As the week continues, students and staff will have the opportunity to cheer on sports teams and celebrate school spirit. Monday the JV football team will face Independence here at home. On Tuesday the cross country teams and volleyball teams will travel to compete. Thursday the JV football team will play Mason City, again on home turf.
Friday will bring many elements of Homecoming together for a day and evening of fun and camaraderie. Students will attend the coronation ceremony in the afternoon where the Homecoming king and queen will be crowned. A pep rally will immediately follow the coronation.
The Homecoming parade will start at 2:30 p.m. at the high school and follow the traditional homecoming parade route down West Water Street and River Street.
It will be a clash on the gridiron as the Decorah Vikings take on the Riverhawks of Mason City High School at 7:30 p.m. The Decorah freshman football team will play at 5 p.m.
The Homecoming queen and king, their court, and their parents will be presented at halftime of the varsity game, along with a performance by the Decorah High School Pride of the Vikings marching band.