Topper Homecoming Week Starts Monday

2018HoCoPepReally-89.jpgHomecoming 2018/Photo Courtesy LAPS


Next week Los Alamos will don green and gold to celebrate Homecoming 2019. “It’s that time of the year when everyone is a Topper,” said Jonathan Lathrop, co-sponsor of the Los Alamos High School Student Council. “Our Student Leadership team has been very busy planning a lot of activities to celebrate this tradition.”

The week begins on Monday, Sept. 16 with the Billy Bob Volleyball game. Senior boys play volleyball while members of the LAHS Volleyball team act as coaches and referees. The game begins at 6:00 p.m. in Griffith Gym.

It’s just the opposite on Wednesday as senior girls play football while members of the football team step in to coach and referee. The Powder Puff football game starts at 6 p.m. at Sullivan Field.

The Topper student bonfire is scheduled for Thursday at 8 p.m. in the Sullivan Field parking lot after the Girls Soccer game against the Santa Fe Demons.

“We’re crossing our fingers that it won’t rain! It’s been two years since our last bonfire, and LAHS students are excited to revive this tradition,” said Emily Holmes, LAHS Student Body President.

Members of the LAHS cheerleading squad and the Topper band will pump up the Homecoming spirit.  

Los Alamos will be alive with floats, the LAHS Marching Band, and Topper pride on Friday as the Homecoming Parade heads down Central Avenue starting at 2:30 pm. This year’s theme is “Box the Bengals”.  Brad Parker will serve as the Grand Marshal this year. Parade participants can find the parade application form at Forms are due to Diana Bequette, the LAHS Bookkeeper, by 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18.

Friday night, the LAHS Topper varsity football team will take on the Gallup Bengals at Sullivan Field. Game time is 7:00 p.m. High School students and staff get into the game free with their student ID. Game tickets for community members are $5 and may be purchased in advance at The LAHS Topper Band will perform at halftime followed by the crowning of this year’s Homecoming King & Queen. 

The Athletic Hall of Fame Ceremony is scheduled for Saturday at 1:00 pm in the lobby of Duane Smith Auditorium. Tickets will be on sale for $25 per person at the door or in the Athletic office beforehand, preferably. Lunch will be catered by Pig + Fig. This year’s inductees include:

  • Bruce Cottrell;
  • Kris Monaghan;
  • Ann Cernicek;
  • Molly Cernicek;
  • Aubrey Jones-Woahn;
  • Eddie Sanchez; and
  • Sec Sandoval.

The Homecoming festivities will wrap up with the Homecoming dance Saturday night at the high school from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm. 

“Student Leaders are getting very creative with the decorations to make sure Toppers have a night to remember at the GLOcoming dance” said Lynn Ovaska, co-sponsor of the Los Alamos High School Student Council.  The dance will be Meow Wolf-themed with many glow-in-the-dark elements. Community members are invited to donate Meow Wolf type of decorations this week.  Students can purchase dance tickets in A-Wing Lobby or online at until Thursday, September 19.  No tickets will be sold on Friday or at the door on Saturday.  

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