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NHS planning special 25th birthday

Monday, September 7, 2009

Has it been 25 years already?

The Northview High School building has been in place now for 25 years and officials at the school are putting plans in place for a Homecoming celebration.

The Northview football squad will face the Owen Valley Patriots Sept. 18 for Homecoming.

In typical fashion, students at the school will celebrate Homecoming throughout the week with various themes for each day.

But several teachers and students thought it might be worthwhile to invite some alumni to get involved in the festivities.

NHS Student Council sponsors Shannon Sampson and Lindsey Rost, both mathematics teachers -- put their heads together and brainstormed ideas to get the school's past alumni involved.

"There are a few things that I know for sure that are going on," Sampson told The Brazil Times. "But several are not set in stone yet. The kids are making final decisions."

Among some of the items the student council, with the help from NHS staff, have put together include a new banner contest for the Homecoming celebration.

"Different clubs and groups of friends will get together and make a banner out of a twin size sheet," Sampson said, adding the banners would be on display at the game.

Sampson said staff and students have been using social networks websites -- like Facebook and MySpace -- to get in touch with alumni.

"We're going to have an alumni tent set up that night," Sampson said.

She added alumni that attend the game will be asked to sign in and they will then begin receiving a mailing from the school.

"We're hoping with the alumni that show up, if the numbers get big enough, we're heading toward an alumni association," Sampson said.

Both Sampson and Rost are new sponsors for student council this year. After discussing different things to do for Homecoming, it came to light the school was celebrating its 25th year of existence.

"Hopefully some of the traditions that we start up this year will flow into ever year," she said.

Sampson added it's possible a mini-carnival for children could be set for the Homecoming and a dance is in the works.

In addition, a reception for past teachers and principals is currently being planned.

"Retired teachers and principals that have left the corporation or retired are invited to the reception before the game," Sampson said. "The reception is pretty well set."

She said, hopefully, past homecoming queens will be recognized as well and the school's publication class is currently putting together a pamphlet of past history of the school.

"They've been pretty excited about it," Sampson said of the student's reactions. "A lot of them didn't realize Northview has been here for 25 years. They're getting excited about the activities and new activities."

Sampson said the student council is currently designing a T-shirt, which will be available for purchase.

Another Homecoming event in the works is a reunion of past cheerleaders.

NHS cheerleader sponsor RuthAnn Medworth said the cheerleader reception will take place Saturday, Sept. 19, at Coach and Cleaters Time Out Sports Bar and Grill.

"We're trying to make this an annual event," Medworth said. "And give people an opportunity to relive the past. We're getting the word out right now."

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What was the first graduating class from the new school?

-- Posted by ckm on Wed, Sep 9, 2009, at 11:05 AM

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