PHOTO: Despite less than ideal weather conditions, Elmwood Park High School students came out in big numbers to cheer on their classmates as the Tiger varsity defeated Longwood in the 2018 Homecoming Game on Sept. 28. (District 401 photo by Dave Porreca)
Each school day had its own spirit theme as well. The week began with Hawaiian Day, followed by Twin Day, Class Color Day, Disney Character Day and Black & Gold Day.
The school week concluded with a pep assembly featuring performances by the JV and varsity cheer squads as well as the EPHS Swing Choir and Marching Band. Recent EPHS alum Justin Eigenbauer returned to DJ the event. (He would also DJ the Homecoming Dance the next day.)
PHOTO: The EPHS JV cheer squad performs during the 2018 Homecoming Pep Assembly on Sept. 28. District 401 photo by Dave Porreca (click image for larger view).
Senior athletes were recognized during the assembly, as were students with academic accomplishments.
Homecoming Court was announced, with seniors Kamila Nalodka and Tyler Ocampo crowned as Queen and King. The princesses and princes were Valentyna Bednarchuk and Luis E. Gomez, juniors; Tiffany Vujnovich and Michael Velazquez, sophomores; and Adreana Duarte and Richard Tineo, freshmen.
A vigorous tug-of-war tournament took place among the classes, with the winning class squaring off against the staff. The senior tug-of-war team emerged victorious among the students but fell to the faculty. (The seniors could take solace in winning the hall decorating contest!)
Later Friday night, the frosh-soph football team hosted Providence, and the varsity played Longwood. The varsity won 42-0, raising its record to 5-1 and remaining solidly in contention for a second straight IHSA playoff berth.
The next evening, more than 550 students showed up at EPHS Main Gym to finish off the busy week with the annual Homecoming Dance.
For a recap of the week's festivities, check out the photo gallery below. And, as always: Go, Tigers!
NOTE: To view the following photos in a slideshow format, click any of the pictures below. All photos are by Dave Porreca, District 401 web/media specialist.