Elementary school students got to show their Jacket Pride during the Homecoming parade. (Facebook Photo / Perham Public Schools)
Elementary school students got to show their Jacket Pride during the Homecoming parade. (Facebook Photo / Perham Public Schools)

Fanfare and celebration marked Homecoming at Perham Public Schools last week.

A week of in-school festivities culminated Friday, Oct. 1, with a pep fest at the Hive inside the high school, which included the coronation of Perham's 2021 Homecoming king and queen. There was also a parade later that day, and a football game that evening. While there was no Homecoming dance this year, each day of the week had a dress-up theme: Frat Day, Decades Day, On Wednesdays We Wear Pink, Jersey Day and Jacket Pride Day.

During Friday's pep fest, the Homecoming Court — consisting of seniors Austin Aanenson, Lexi Kunza, Marcus Belka, Mallory Belka, Gage Germolus, Greta Hillukka, Colton Hackel, Sydney Anderson, Hugues Hames and Courtney Frohling — each walked across the gym floor, dressed in their fanciest of attire as announcers introduced them.

Homecoming Queen Courtney Frohling and King Hugues Hames (far right) smile as the crowd and fellow court members cheer after their crowning.
The rest of the Homecoming court (left to right): Austin Aanenson, Lexi Kunza, Marcus Belka, Mallory Belka, Gage Germolus, Greta Hillukka, Colton Hackel, Sydney Anderson, Hugues Hames and Courtney Frohling
(Elizabeth Vierkant/Focus)
Homecoming Queen Courtney Frohling and King Hugues Hames (far right) smile as the crowd and fellow court members cheer after their crowning. The rest of the Homecoming court (left to right): Austin Aanenson, Lexi Kunza, Marcus Belka, Mallory Belka, Gage Germolus, Greta Hillukka, Colton Hackel, Sydney Anderson, Hugues Hames and Courtney Frohling (Elizabeth Vierkant/Focus)

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All ten of these students were handed balloons filled with confetti to pop. Inside most of the balloons was black confetti, but the two given to the king and queen were filled with yellow confetti. At the end of a count, court members popped their balloons with a loud bang, revealing Hugues Hames and Courtney Frohling as king and queen. Students in the stands and at their sides cheered for their wins.

Frohling is in cross country and track; Hames is an exchange student involved in football.

Perham High School students hobble across the gym floor in a three-legged race. (Elizabeth Vierkant/Focus)
Perham High School students hobble across the gym floor in a three-legged race. (Elizabeth Vierkant/Focus)

After the coronation, the pep fest continued with more activities to entertain spectators. Students came to the center of the gym, trying to get an Oreo cookie from their forehead into their mouth without using their hands. Even more students came to the floor a few moments later to participate in a three-legged race. There was also a series of short dodgeball games — seniors versus juniors — where the juniors put up a good fight, but the seniors won in the end.

Senior Levi Richter prepares his throw in the Seniors v.s. Juniors dodgeball game at Perham High School's Homecoming pep fest. (Elizabeth Vierkant/Focus)
Senior Levi Richter prepares his throw in the Seniors v.s. Juniors dodgeball game at Perham High School's Homecoming pep fest. (Elizabeth Vierkant/Focus)

After the coronation and pep fest came the parade, where students drove and marched down the streets of Perham led by police cars and firetrucks, waving and tossing candy to the people who cheered them on.

Homecoming Queen Courtney Frohling and King Hugues Hames wave to their audience at the Perham High School Homecoming Parade. (Elizabeth Vierkant/Focus)
Homecoming Queen Courtney Frohling and King Hugues Hames wave to their audience at the Perham High School Homecoming Parade. (Elizabeth Vierkant/Focus)

Later that evening, the public attended Perham's Homecoming football game against Fergus Falls.