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Students are still planning fun activities this week, though the pandemic has put a crimp on tradition.

PMG PHOTO: SCOTT KEITH - Scappoose High School activities director Courtney Scott shows off a few of the shoebox floatsAt Scappoose High School this week, Homecoming Week transformed into Stay at Homecoming Week.

It's all because of the social distancing we need to observe as COVID-19 cases in Oregon are showing a dramatic uptick.

Courtney Scott, activities director at the high school, explained the way Homecoming Week has traditionally been observed at Scappoose High.

"All of our Spirit Days take place in school," Scott said. "They dress up. It's mostly to just show spirit. Each class competes against each other to see which class has the most spirit."

This year, members of the 2020 Homecoming Spirit Court are: freshmen Raymond Zonich and Madison White; sophomores Jonathon Clothier and Lindsey Hoffmann; and juniors Andrew Darco and Kylee Nutt.

The 2020 Senior Homecoming court members are: Deacon Smith, Amanda Walsh, Cooper Ragan, Rylee Cook, Cade McDonald, Anika Havlik, Gage Ekstrom, Emma Williams, Jaxon Nuss, Vivian Erving, Nicholas Erickson and Audrey Wilson.

One way students can earn class points is by making class music videos.

"We do this when we're in person, as well," Scott said. "Each class makes a music video that goes with the theme. The theme this year is 'Always Connected.' We're just trying to do positive, uplifting things, since this is such a hard time for our students and the community."

Another way students can earn spirit points is by creating a float out of shoeboxes. Normally, floats would appear at the Homecoming football game.

"This year we're doing shoebox floats," Scott said. "Kids are making floats out of shoeboxes. We're going to do a virtual shoebox parade."

Homecoming Week will also feature a scavenger hunt, where students can travel around town and snap photos at certain locations to earn points. This year, the scavenger hunt replaces the class murals.

The main event — Friday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. — will be the assembly.

"In that assembly, you'll meet the court members," Scott said. "You'll see who wins King and Queen. You'll get to watch the music videos — you'll get to see the virtual floats."

Scott hopes students can still enjoy a virtual form of traditional Homecoming activities.

"It's, of course, less than ideal," she said. "But I think we're just trying to do what we can to make it fun, as fun as we can for not being in school."

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