Yellowjackets are all the buzz! 2022 Perham homecoming a hit

Perham High School concluded its week of homecoming celebrations on Friday, Oct. 7.

2022 Yellowjacket homecoming royalty laugh and cheer along with the screaming crowd during the homecoming parade.
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Perham High School students, dressed in their Yellowjacket pride, smile during the homecoming pep fest.
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Buzz runs by a group of Prairie Wind Middle School students during the 2022 Perham homecoming pep fest, giving them all a high five.
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PERHAM — Students across all schools in the Perham Public School District approached the week of Oct. 3-7 locked and loaded to buzz with Yellowjacket school pride. The week of homecoming — which kicked off on Monday with the coronation and crowning of this year's homecoming king and queen Mason Dolen and Daisy Larson — was filled with enthusiasm and festivities.

Each day had a dress-up theme for students to express their creativity and humor: Monday was PJ day, Tuesday was bikers versus surfers, Wednesday was nurses versus nursing home, Thursday was country versus country club and Friday was Jacket pride day.

When Friday came, students were repping their schools with this Jacket pride theme.

Perham Yellowjackets football players walk by and high-five members of the crowd during the 2022 homecoming parade.
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2022 Perham homecoming royalty sit and enjoy the pep fest together.
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Students at Prairie Wind Middle School and Perham High School were dismissed early on Friday, Oct. 7 to attend the afternoon pep fest in the Hive. Homecoming royalty sat at the front of the gym after crowds of students and teachers piled into the bleachers, with Buzz and middle school Principal Jim Kennedy hyping up the attendees with cheers as the pep band played.

Games ensued for every grade level attending, from a bag race to tug of war to a race involving balloon popping, all the way to a contest of musical chairs between teachers. The crowd screamed and yelled as those participating in the games showed off their athletic prowess, barreling into each other to pop balloons and working together to beat their competitors.


Elementary students attending the 2022 Perham homecoming parade yell and cheer with their signs of support while others dive for candy thrown their way.
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Members of the Perham schools' diversity group smile and wave to the crowd from their float.
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When the pep fest concluded at 2 p.m., middle and high school students gathered outside to commence with the annual homecoming parade. Elementary students and Perham-area residents crowded the sidewalks as they prepared to grab candy and cheer their local students on.

At 2:20 p.m., the parade began, led by a firetruck blaring its sirens. The marching band continued to lead their fellow students with enthusiastic music. Students stood on floats decorated and dedicated to each of their individual organizations, throwing candy and waving to the masses that they drove by.

Kids dove for candy, screaming and jumping with signs and Yellowjacket pride merch in their hands.

Musicians in the pep band lead the Perham homecoming pep fest in a party of energetic tunes.
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Once the parade concluded, students were dismissed from school in preparation for a night of celebrations.

The evening concluded with the annual football game, which was against Osakis this year, at 7 p.m. For more information on this game, check out the sports section of the Perham Focus' Thursday, Oct. 13 issue.

Elizabeth (she/her), 23, graduated with a degree in Journalism and Communications from the University of Wisconsin–Stout in 2020. Elizabeth has always had a passion for telling stories about people and specializes in community features, which she uses for her Perham-centered content.
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