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Tigers enthrone homecoming royalty tonight

by Sarah Hauck
The 2015 Douglas High football homecoming court is: bottom row, left to right-Colin Brooks, Jonah O'Connor, Justin Blaha, Logan Miller, Pedro Vega. Middle: Johnnie Saletti, Mackenzie Rose, Brooke Miller. Top: Madison Cote and Bailey Gansberg.
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Channeling their inner rap artists, farmers and couch potatoes the 10 Douglas High School fall homecoming nominees were hard at work all week vying for the spot as king and queen, being announced tonight at the football game.

Keith Roman field will be flooded with black and orange in support of the final spirit day, Extreme Tiger Day, of homecoming week, rooting for a Tiger W against Bishop Manogue.

All of the nominees performed dances during the pep rally on Wednesday, the portion nominee Maddie Cote was most nervous about.

“I am excited but kind of nervous to have to go out in front of the whole school,” the cross country and track athlete said last week. “I don’t normally put myself out there. I don’t want to mess up the dance in front of the entire student body watching.”

Her partner, Colin Brooks, created a dance the pair were excited to perform.

“It is going to be very interesting and energetic. I think we will have a good time with it,” she said. “Colin and I made a mixed tape of songs so it will be original and unlike anyone else’s.”

Colin, a member of the golf and basketball teams, was confident he and Maddie’s routine for the pep rally was going to be something everyone could enjoy.

“Our lip sync and dance are going to be pretty on fire. There are a lot of change ups that will make it so people don’t know what hit them.”

While Maddie was nervous about having the entire school’s eyes on her, Colin was confident about the experience.

“I’m most excited about going out on the field at half time,” Colin said. “I think it will be pretty cool to be out there with the whole school watching. I hope to win, I don’t like to lose. If I win I will probably go a little crazy and probably scream.”

This year’s homecoming theme was “Straight Outta” gaining inspiration simply from the title of the movie “Straight Outta Compton, leadership sponsor Karen Lamb said.

Spirit days included “Straight Outta da studio” encouraging students to dress like their favorite musician or artist, and “Straigh Outta da thrift store” challenging students to create an outfit with only items from a thrift store.

“The theme really had nothing to do with the movie, but instead the sense of instilling pride of being a part of this Valley and our school,” she said. “We love this week and the pride and spirit it brings out in the students and staff.”

Senior Class President Johnnie Saletti and her partner, DHS golfer Logan Miller had a different approach to insuring votes.

Also, confident about their pep rally dance, the pair hoped to pull votes from the different classes.

“My partner and I have a really funny dance and outfits planned for our dance,” Johnnie said. “We are going to try and get freshman and sophomore votes for us through that.”

“I am excited to go all out,” Logan said. “Plus getting a free tux rental and getting to wear it on the field at half time is pretty cool, too.”

Although Johnnie was excited about dressing up like Riff Raff on “Straight Outta da Studio” day she said being nominated by her peers was the best part of homecoming.

“It is an honor that people thought to vote for me. It is a really cool high school experience that I won’t forget,” she said. “If I win I will probably be speechless. It is something I have wanted to do all my life. I’d also be really excited.”

The nominees will receive the results at half time.

The new king and queen will show off their new crowns at the homecoming dance on Saturday.