Homecoming Week: A celebration for Panthers young and old


While Christmas songs proclaim the holiday as the “most wonderful time of the year,” we would say there are few weeks more exciting in small-town America than Homecoming Week.

Homecoming Week offers something for everyone — and it’s no different here in Powell.

For some, it’s the Friday evening football game, which not only gives fans a chance to see the hometown team in action, but also gives alumni a chance to see each other again, catch up on the latest happenings in their lives, think about old times and cheer for the new generation of Panthers. For many adults, that’s the best part of Homecoming Week.

For others, the most exciting part of Homecoming Week is the game itself, which has the potential to be exciting. The Panthers will host Star Valley in a 6 p.m. contest, their third ranked opponent in as many weeks. The Braves (3-1) have won the state title two of the last three years and are ranked fourth in the most recent Class 3A poll. Powell has already knocked off one ranked foe this season; will the Panthers make it two on Friday night?

Not only does Friday evening feature football and old friends, it also features the crowning of the Homecoming queen and the Homecoming dance. The new Homecoming queen will be crowned at halftime during Friday’s game, while the dance will take place after the game from 9-11:30 p.m. at the Powell High School Commons. The latter is arguably a major highlight for PHS students, as it not only gives them a chance to enjoy an evening of dancing and socializing, but it also allows them to dress up.

And while we are talking about the highlights of Homecoming Week, how can we forget the annual parade? The Powell High School Homecoming Parade will make its way through downtown, including Bent Street, beginning at 1 p.m. Friday. Seeing the floats and students of all ages participate in the parade is an exciting event every year.

And those are not the only high spots this week. The Park County Fairgrounds will play host to the Powell High School Homecoming Olympics Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. In addition, PHS has several themed events each day this week that involve dressing in different items of clothing, the Panthers’ orange-and-black school colors and even costumes.

Things are gearing up in earnest this (Tuesday) afternoon when the Lady Panthers volleyball team hosts archrival Cody for a trio of matches. The freshmen play at 4 p.m., while the junior varsity tip off at 5 p.m. and the varsity match starts at 6 p.m. While the Lady Panthers’ volleyball team is taking on Cody at the Powell High School gymnasium, the Powell girls swim team will also host Cody at 4 p.m. at the Powell Aquatic Center.

So whether it’s a chance to see old friends, think about old times, see some great high school football, watch a parade, cheer on the volleyball team or the swim team, there is something for everyone during Homecoming Week, so come on out, support the Powell Panthers and Lady Panthers, and make the most of it.