Liberty High School does homecoming with a patriotic twist


October 29, 2002|By Debra Taylor Young | Debra Taylor Young,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

LIBERTY HIGH School has a tradition of celebrating homecoming weekend in a big way, and this year's festivities were no exception.

Diane Krainak, 17, and Robyn Surette, 16, said work on the event began in June with 50 members of Liberty's Student Government Association.

Their first task was to choose a theme. They chose a patriotic theme, "America the Beautiful." They also divided into groups, forming a dance committee, court committee (which had the task of choosing nominations for homecoming king and queen) and a parade committee.

Then the fun began as they pored over catalogs looking for decorations and planning float designs for the parade.

"It was fun spending the school's money and shopping for stuff," said Robyn, who with her co-chair Diane had decided to be part of the dance committee.

Nora Murray, teacher and SGA adviser, helped direct preparations. Murray was part of Liberty's first graduating class in 1982, and is a health teacher at her alma mater. As SGA adviser, she has helped plan the past five homecomings. She said preparations run like clockwork.

Homecoming consists of spirit week, a pep rally, a hallway decorating contest centering on the homecoming theme, the Friday night parade before a football game and Saturday's homecoming dance.

Friday's parade included nine floats and the high school's marching band with the color guard. In spite of a light drizzle, parents and children lined the streets of the parade route, catching candy being tossed from the floats.

Football game attendance was lower than usual because the weather, which Murray believed kept away members of the community. But the rain did not dampen the spirits of Liberty's parents and students, nor did their game loss that evening to Thomas Johnson High School.

Saturday morning found the homecoming committee in full swing at 6:45 to decorate the school lobby, cafeteria and gymnasium for the dance. Robyn and Diane set out doughnuts and other snacks to keep the crew working as it hung strings of lights from the basketball hoops; hung red, white and blue streamers; and lined the walls with blue paper covered with white stars. Red, white and blue balloons decorated the walls and ceilings, some forming an American flag down the hallway to the gymnasium.

The task of using a 20-foot ladder to hang decorations fell to committee members Karl Blessing, Mike Prushinski, Chris Pesto, all 15, and Mike Buerger, 16, who strung lights and hung a large flag in the cafeteria.

The dance proved to be a homecoming for members of the disc jockey company, as well. Greg Warner, a senior at Liberty, helped his father, John, mother, Donna, and brother Greg set up equipment for the dance he would later attend. His brother, John Warner, a 1995 Liberty grad, stayed with his parents to work as disc jockey for the evening.

"There will be 6,000 watts of amplification going out tonight," he said as the family members of Warner Production and Entertainment prepared to work their third homecoming event at the school.

The homecoming dance attracted 1,200 students to the school. Becky Webster was crowned homecoming queen and Eddie Garmbazan homecoming king at the dance, the school's 20th homecoming event.

Liberty fall play

Liberty High School Drama Club will present its production of The Dining Room at 7 p.m. Nov. 7, 8 and 9 in the school auditorium.

The production is based on a play written by A.R. Gurney Jr. and consists of several vignettes featuring changing values in middle America from 1910 to 2002.

Tickets are $5 at the door and $4 in advance. Tickets can be purchased in advance by visiting the school at 5855 Bartholow Road, Sykesville.

Information: 410-751-3560.

Debra Taylor Young's neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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