Hats off to Palisade High’s spirit week

Palisade High School students Tym Clement and William Steavens pose next to the bulldog mascot, showing off their spirit on Mad Hatter Spirit Day.

It’ll be a dog fight — bulldog versus bulldog — Friday night during Palisade High School’s homecoming football game against Moffat County.

Students have been rousing their school spirit by donning funny clothes and hats in preparation for the big game. Wednesday was “Did I Do That” Day in honor of television character Steve Urkel from the show “Family Matters.”

Thursday, students brought out their funniest, weirdest or homemade hat for “Mad Hatter” Day.

The day reflects this year’s homecoming theme, “Alice in Gotham City.”

All of the events, including the unusual theme, have been the hard work of the student government and their sponsor, teacher Kelly Allerheiligan.

“On spirit days, we just get to have fun,” said student Nicholas Cruz.

Spirit Week is an important part of the high school experience because it brings students together who wouldn’t necessarily connect in other ways, said Assistant Principal Ann Goetz.

“I think it’s great to get to dress different. It’s pretty cool,” said student Jacob McNeel.

Thursday night, students supported sports other than football by attending the “Jam The Gym” event at the volleyball game against Glenwood Springs. A bonfire burned afterward in the school’s parking lot.

Today, students will break out their school colors. A parade will take place at 1 p.m., and the tailgate party begins at 5 p.m. in the Stocker Stadium parking lot.

The semi-formal homecoming dance will take place at 7 p.m.

“I’m really excited to go; I just can’t stop dancing,” said student Chris Ferguson as he shimmied his hips.

“He’s been dancing all week,” said his date, Sarah Chacon. “He just won’t stop.”


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