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Spirit Week on tap at Toronto

September 29, 2012
By MARK J. MILLER - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

TORONTO - The high school will be gearing up for its homecoming football game against Beallsville High School on Friday, with a slew of activities promoting school spirit while also raising funds for worthwhile causes.

The week, which begins Monday and culminates with the homecoming dance on Oct. 6, includes a daily theme promoting school spirit and fundraising for different causes. The school's student senate set the week's agenda, according to John Rodesh, senior class president.

"For Mustache Monday kids can come in with fake mustaches on or pay $1 at lunch time to have a mustache painted on them," said Rodesh. "All proceeds raised go to the United Way (of Jefferson County)."

Also during the week, each class will participate in a door decorating contest, according to Maureen Taggart, school principal.

"Each grade is assigned two classroom doors to decorate in a Toronto homecoming theme," said Taggart. "At the end of the week Superintendent (Fred Burns) and his staff will judge the doors."

Tuesday will be the day for the "Servin' Up a Cure" breast cancer benefit at Karaffa Elementary School, said Erin Taggart, junior class secretary.

"The (girls') volleyball team plays Bellaire St. John High School at 5:30 p.m.," said Erin, adding those attending are encouraged to donate $1, while drawings and food will be part of the activities. "Everyone is encouraged to wear pink. All proceeds raised go toward the Schiffler Cancer Center in Wheeling."

On Wednesday the senior girls will take on the junior girls in a powder puff football game scheduled for 7 p.m. at Clarke Hinkle Field following the Toronto juniors football game. "The juniors are wearing pink again during the game to go along with breast cancer awareness," she said, adding the game is sponsored by the high school varsity club. "The homecoming king also will be selected that night."

Thursday will be fake injury day, and "students and pupils will give $1 to United Way to come into school with band-aids, slings, crutches or anything else to simulate a fake injury," said Rodesh.

"(Oct. 5) culminates the week to get ready for the big game," said Maureen Taggart, adding all pupils and students are encouraged to wear school colors that day. "The game begins at 7 p.m. at the stadium."

The 2012 Toronto High School homecoming king's court was announced during a pep rally Sept. 14 at the high school. The court was selected by a vote of the senior class and is part of School Spirit Week. This year's court includes Larry Kyle Applegarth, Grant Scott, Dillan Gault, Brad Melville, John Rodesh, Angelo DeCesare and John Mike Romey.

The king will be crowned at half time of the girls' powder puff game on Wednesday.

The homecoming queen will be crowned at halftime during Friday's football game.

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