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2018 Winter Homecoming targets ACCHS Tigers

Three young women and three young men have been nominated by their peers to represent the 2018 Hiawatha High School Winter Homecoming Court this year.

Senior girls Josey May, Jacklyn Geiger and Kimberly Korthanke were nominated alongside senior boys D.J. Eccles, Damon Bamfield and Terrence Stroud for potential election as HHS’s Winter Homecoming king and queen, titles that will be announced between the varsity girls and boys basketball games against ACCHS Friday, February 9.  

Josey, daughter of Joey and Jeff May, plans to pursue a career in music therapy at the University of Kansas after graduating.

It is a very big honor,” said May of her nomination. “Knowing that I made enough of an impact on people for them to nominate me is a very comforting feeling. I am looking forward to having a night that I will never forget with my favorite people by my side.”

Jacklyn is the youngest daughter of Sheila and John Geiger. She is an active member of Hiawatha’s FFA chapter and a lover of horses, and plans to relocate to San Diego to work toward a degree in the fields of agriculture or tourism/hospitality. She explains that she was “surprised and excited” upon learning of her nomination.

Kimberly, a regular on the basketball court during HHS games as both a cheerleader and dance team member, is the youngest daughter of Karen and Randy Korthanke. She currently plans to attend Kansas State University upon graduation, where she intends to study interior architecture and product design.

“[I feel] deeply blessed and honored to have been selected as a candidate,” said Korthanke.

D.J., son of Jessie and Dan Eccles and brother to HHS sophomore Ayden, is an enthusiastic member of Hiawatha’s forensics team. He plans, after graduating, to attend KU to major in communications. His usual energy shone through in his response to learning of his nomination.

“It is an honor for me, as a gay man, to even be considered for candidacy, so thank you to whomever voted for me! Go Red Hawks!”

Damon, son of Jill Thompson and Daniel Bamfield, enjoys playing baseball, wrestling and being involved in Hiawatha’s chess club. He plans to enroll at Washburn Tech and specialize in HVAC.

Terrence, resident of Robinson and son of Debbie and Brian Stroud, is an active member of the Robinson Boy Scout Troop. He enjoys building and working on vehicles.

“I plan to extend my construction career by getting a bachelor’s in construction management or going into a technical program for HVAC,” explains Stroud. Of his nomination, Stroud expressed shock and gratitude.

“[I] was very surprised at first, but feel blessed that my peers look up to me enough to give me this nomination.”

In addition to the announcement of the Winter Homecoming king and queen, HHS’s Winter Homecoming week will be filled with a number of activities to get the student body of Hiawatha High pumped up for Friday’s games.

Students will dress for spirit days throughout the week, beginning Monday, Feb. 5, with Food Day, where students will dress as their favorite foods. Tuesday will be Country versus Country Club Day, Wednesday Heroes versus Villains Day, Thursday will be Throwback Day, and Friday will be the traditional Red and Blue Day, as students and staff don their school colors to show support for their teams.

During the week, students will decorate hallways to the theme “Winter Gala,” and advisory groups will decorate mini-floats out of shopping carts to be paraded in the HHS gym during Friday’s pep assembly. Floats will be designed around the theme “Beat the Tigers.” In addition to the parade of floats, Friday’s assembly will include a promenade of the Homecoming Court, as well as a number of games, cheers, chants and speeches.

Students will congregate in the high school commons 30 minutes after the varsity boys’ game ends for the Winter Homecoming dance.