The 2015 Granite City High School Homecoming Court includes (from left) Bailee Warsing, Jimmy Kie, Alyssa Abbott, Nick Zambito, Bella Perkins, Th’Adrian Hanna, Olivia Gunderson, Braydon Basola, Liz Dawes, Ron Allen, Isa Scaturro, Sal Luna, Phebe Bolt, Gabe Jarman, Sarah Boyd, Ben Klee and Erynn Cotter. Not pictured is John Ball.
GRANITE CITY — When he found out he was selected in the 2015 Granite City High School Homecoming Court, Ben Klee was glad he’ll get to follow in his father’s footsteps.
“My dad (Jeff) was on the homecoming court in his senior year, so I kind of felt that I can’t let my dad beat me,” the GCHS senior said. “I have to keep up with the family tradition to be on court. I was so happy when I found out.”
Klee is also looking forward to participating in activities such as the football game, the homecoming play and the homecoming dance.
“I just bought a Warrior costume and I’m ready to deck out for the homecoming game,” Klee said. “I’m ready for the bonfire afterward. I’m trying to get everyone excited for it. That’s my job. I’m trying to put as much spirit to the school as possible.”
Klee is part of a male homecoming court that includes Ron Allen, John Ball, Braydon Basola, Thadrian Hanna, Gabe Jarman, Jimmy Kie, Sal Luna and Nick Zambito.
“It’s really a great honor for me,” Klee said.
Alyssa Abbott, Phebe Bolt, Sarah Boyd, Erynn Cotter, Elizabeth Dawes, Olivia Gunderson, Bella Perkins, Isa Scaturro and Bailee Warsing make up the female homecoming court.
“I’m honored to be voted onto the homecoming court,” Bolt said. “I’m looking forward to spending it with the lovely people who also got voted on. We have a really good group this year.”
The theme for this year’s homecoming week is Put To Rest Belleville West. The week will begin with the homecoming parade at 6 p.m. The parade begins at the post office at Madison Avenue and ends at the GCHS parking lot.
Then, the seventh annual Powder Puff football game will be played at 7 that night at the GCHS football field. There will be a bonfire after the game between the cafeteria and the football field. Tickets are $5.
In the Powder Puff football game, the seniors square off with the juniors and they’re all female students. The first Powder Puff football game was played in 2007 and the seniors won that contest. The juniors won the following year.
The homecoming king and queen will be introduced Oct. 15 at halftime of the football game against Belleville West. Also that day, GCHS will have TribeFest during sixth and seventh hour at the football field. Wyatt Roberts, director of the Marching Warriors band, and the Spirit Club are sponsoring TribeFest.
Homecoming week ends with the dance from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 16 at Memorial Gymnasium. The homecoming court will be presented and will dance at 9 p.m.
“I’m looking forward to homecoming week because I can’t wait to be on the parade and saying hi to people,” Luna said. “I can’t wait to go out to the play and see who gets selected as homecoming king and queen. I can’t wait for the homecoming dance. It seems like so much fun and I’m so ready for it.”
“They’re all fun and they’re all a great time,” Scaturro said. “I look forward to all of them.”
Out of the 18 members on the homecoming court, four of them are athletes. Jarman, Allen and Zambito play for the football team and Warsing is a member of the girls’ tennis team.
Also, two of the homecoming court members — Perkins and Cotter — are football cheerleaders.
“It’s pretty exciting because our senior class were the ones who nominated us for it, so it’s kind of an honor that we’re nominated by our peers,” said Perkins, a member of Student Council, National Honor Society and Varsity Club.