Homecoming week has arrived in Knoxville. The Panthers are scheduled to host the South Tama Trojans on Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Throughout Homecoming week, there are several opportunities for students and community members to enjoy the festivities.
The high school’s dress-up day this year include ER/OR Day on Monday, where students dressed as something ending in the letters “er” or “or.” Tuesday brought Superhero Day, followed by Out of this World Day on Wednesday when students dressed in space gear.
Thursday is Retro Day, having students pick a certain decade to dress as. The week is rounded out with Spirit Day, when students show their Panther pride by dressing in black and gold.
Throughout the week, students are taking place in the class cup competition. Each grade is trying to earn points through different events, such as participation in dress-up days, the Powderpuff game or Ironman match.
Another way for classes to earn points is through the food drive. Each class is trying to gather the most non-perishable food items, which will all be donated to Helping Hands. The food drive is taking place through the end of the week.
On Thursday evening, students and community members are invited to the high school gymnasium for a night of Homecoming activities.
The Jersey Auction begins at 5:30 p.m., with proceeds being split between the junior class and football team. The Pep Rally will follow, beginning at 7 p.m.
The Pep Rally will feature performances by the KHS band, dance team, and cheerleaders/cheer clinic participants. The Homecoming Court will also be introduced, and the King and Queen will be named.
The 2019 Knoxville Homecoming Court was announced at a pep rally on Oct. 4. Queen candidates are Meredith Clingman, Claire Fay, Abbey Jackson, Katie Keitges, Anna McDonald and Lauren Micetich. King candidates are Dom Avon, Ian Crossest, Cade McDonald, Ben Olson, Kyle Ramsey and Cooper Worth.
Immediately following the pep rally, the Powderpuff Football game will take place at Ken Locke Stadium. The Ironman Volleyball match will follow, starting at approximately 9:15 p.m. in the high school gym.
The week will conclude with the Homecoming Dance on Saturday evening from 8-11 p.m. in the high school commons.
Other Homecoming activities throughout the week included a dodgeball tournament on October 5 and a bags tournament and bonfire on Tuesday evening.