Austin Payne and Morgan Klaus were crowned Homecoming King and Queen during the 2020 coronation ceremony last Friday at Mustang Stadium. (See page 10 for more homecoming photos.)

Administrators, police pleased with student reactions and behavior

Davis County High School students experienced a unique homecoming celebration last week due to the implementation of COVID-19 safety precautions. But that didn’t stop the students from enjoying the modified festivities and garnering praise from administrators and the Bloomfield Police Department on how they handled the situation.

“The kids have been absolutely great through all of this,” said Superintendent Dan Maeder. “We should be proud of the way they are rolling with the punches here.”

Maeder said administrators had to make homecoming decisions weeks in advance and had three choices: observe a traditional homecoming, cancel all festivities, or do as much as they felt could safely be done. They chose the third option.

The traditional homecoming parade was cancelled, but students and the public were invited to show their school spirit by posting Mustang Spirit Videos on the school’s website and Facebook page.

“The videos were awesome,” Maeder said. “They showed the community spirit that remains in the community despite the pandemic.”

High School Principal Jennie Donels thanked community members for the videos submitted and said there “might be enough steam to continue these in the future.”

Friday’s pep assembly in Mustang Stadium included the coronation of royalty. Senior parents and the student body were invited to attend as Austin Payne and Morgan Klaus were crowned Homecoming King and Queen. Junior attendants were Hoyt Dzwoniarski and Melanie Herr; sophomore attendants were Boyd Brinegar and Chloe Fetcho; and Jasper Goodson and Reese Humphrey were selected as freshman attendants.

Due to social-distancing requirements, other would-be audience members were asked to view the event online. (The Spirit Videos and coronation video remain on the school’s website, www.dcmustangs.com, and the school’s Facebook page.)

Wednesday night’s traditional Mustang games were replaced with a drive-in movie shown in the south parking lot. “The movie was well-attended,” Donels said, “and the feedback from the students seemed to be that they were surprised it was so ‘neat.’”

Student artwork was featured during homecoming week as students painted downtown store windows and held a door decorating contest for their advisory classes (similar to homerooms). Collyn Ware’s class took first place in the contest; Monte Hill and Brittney Bresee’s classes won second; third place went to Claudia Blozovich and Sharlyn Marshall’s group; and honorable mention went to LeRoy Pankey’s class.

Looking back on the success of the unusual homecoming celebration, Donels said, “Our students have been fantastic, and really have done an excellent job given the restrictions this year. The community and parents should be really proud of our kids!”

Police Chief Shawn Armstrong was also happy with the week. “We didn’t get a lot of pushback (from the students) like we usually do. There was only one residence that shouldn’t have gotten hit (with toilet paper), and we’re still investigating that,” he said. “We were pleased overall.”