Saturday's WHHS Homecoming Festival postponed til spring
Saturday's WHHS Homecoming Festival postponed til spring
Posted on 10/02/2014
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Update 10/3/14 9:15 a.m.: The Homecoming Festival set for Saturday has been postponed until the spring due to the weather. A new date will be announced later.

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WEST HAVEN
, Sept. 30, 2014 — Calling all sentimental alumni, current students, and community members (and anyone in need of some blue and white clothing): West Haven High School’s annual Homecoming Festival is set for Saturday in the WHHS courtyard, complete with food, kids’ sports clinics, entertainment, games, team contests and spirit wear sales.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is from noon-4 p.m. on the campus, 1 McDonough Plaza, and serves as a showcase of WHHS talent and its community-minded student population.

A rain date had initially been set for Sunday but is now slated for the spring, due to scheduling conflicts in the busy fall season. A decision to postpone the event will be made by Friday afternoon. Check whhs.whschools.org, whschools.org, facebook.com/whschools or twitter.com/whschools, where news will be posted about holding the event.

WHHS groups and sports booster clubs will be selling merchandise and holding fundraisers, while Blue Devil athletes will be helping West Haven youngsters practice sports drills on the field. Student-artists will have chalk drawings on display, and choral, cheerleading, marching band, dance and step groups are set to perform between 1 and 2 p.m. New this year is a “Minute to Win It” team contest, which is slated for 2:30 p.m. after a 2:15 p.m. registration.

“Homecoming celebrates everything that our community, students and staff love about West Haven High School. We’re proud to invite everyone to sample all the great things we have going on here, and it’s a chance for younger students to see all of the opportunities in store for them when they attend WHHS,” Principal Pamela Gardner said. “We look forward to welcoming lots of new and familiar faces to campus this weekend.”

The kids’ sports clinics are back for the second year in a row and will be held on various athletic spaces on the WHHS campus before the actual festival starts. No prior registration is needed, and all clinics are free. Kids will get to learn from WHHS coaches and athletes and should bring their own water bottle. Clinics for eight sports will be held throughout the morning.

Boys baseball is from 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. at Piurek Field; boys/girls basketball is from 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in the gym; girls softball is on Biondi Field from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; boys/girls track and field is on the track from 11 a.m.-12 p.m.; boys/girls tennis is on the tennis courts from 11 a.m.-12 p.m.; boys/girls lacrosse is on the grass next to the WHHS student parking lot from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; boys/girls soccer is on the turf from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.; and girls volleyball is in the gym from 12:15-1:15 p.m. Email Athletic Director Jonathan Capone at jon.capone@whschools.org for more information.

The day continues in the courtyard with dishes from WHHS culinary students, chances to challenge the chess team, face painting, arts and crafts, and raffles. Wood shop student sheds and videos by communications students will also be on display.

Then there’s the food—everything from chocolate-covered popcorn, ethnic favorites and buffalo chicken wings, to candy apples and gourmet marshmallows, to your staples of burgers, French fries and pizza.

WHHS senior twins Ruchelle and Rachel Cabral, who are helping to organize their soccer team table and other activities, like the Minute to Win it challenge, say Homecoming is a good day to come and see what WHHS is all about. And for WHHS seniors, it marks the beginning of the end of their high school days.

“Especially for seniors, it’s good to come out because this is the last year everyone will be together,” Rachel said. “Being a part of it and actually making it happen has been nice.”

And in the end, all the hard work is worth it, her sister added.

“It’s a lot of planning for the festival and the pep rally, but it’s fun to put it all together and see how people enjoy it,” Ruchelle said.