There’s never been a better time to be a Warrior!

Wilton High School’s annual Homecoming Parade, game, and dance are fast approaching on Saturday, Oct. 22, and everybody connected with WHS is gearing up to celebrate. But activities leading up to the big day go on all week long, with festivities and events at which students can show off their school spirit.

There is lots of dressing up for Spirit Week. On Monday (Oct. 17), students donned sports jerseys. On Tuesday (Oct. 18), the theme was a very patriotic “America Day,” which student body vice president Brooke Amodei says is very popular and that students get really into the theme of the day. On Wednesday, (Oct. 19) students will represent, wearing their class colors for Class Color Day–freshmen wear green, sophomores sport orange, juniors wear red and seniors show off in blue. Seniors get Thursday (Oct. 20) all to themselves for Toga Day, with everything building up to Friday’s (Oct. 21) Blue/White Day. That day the school holds a Pep Rally, emceed by seniors Alex Uriarte and Harley Jeanty.

“The Pep Rally is always fun, with all of the school’s athletic teams on full display, the Class of 2017 Homecoming Court parading, and the student/faculty basketball game where each grade plays for one quarter of the game,” Amodei says.

Homecoming day promises to be one to remember, for students, faculty, alumni and the community, who are all invited to take part in rooting for the Warriors. Events start off with the Homecoming Parade at 2 p.m.. The Homecoming Court will ride along Kristine Lilly Way to the Cider Mill parking lot in jeeps. The eight seniors who make up the court have been chosen by the senior class via a survey taken during advisory classes. Representing the graduating class this year–and vying for the titles of Homecoming Queen and King–are senior girls Sydney Brant, Serina Griffin, Ava Martinelli and Margaret Smith, and senior boys Bruce Gao, Matthew Gowargy, Ian Monro and Jackson Walker. The Homecoming court is accompanied by Wilton School administrators, each WHS class’ student government representatives and the Warrior Marching Band.

After the parade marches into Veterans’ Memorial Stadium, the football game pitting the Wilton Warriors against the Stamford Black Knights kicks off at 2:30 p.m. at Fujitani Field. At halftime, the Homecoming King and Queen, chosen by the students, will be crowned. There will be special performances by the Warrior Marching Band and spirited athletics and cheers from the WHS Varsity Cheerleaders.

Capping off the week at 8 p.m. on Saturday night is the Homecoming Dance for WHS students, which takes place at Cider Mill School. The WHS Executive Board will decorate the gym and hallway according to a secret Homecoming theme for a night of dancing, fun and celebrating with friends.

WHS students can still purchase tickets for the Homecoming Dance at school during lunch waves. The cost is $15 (cash only).