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Nancy Saldana is ready for Spirit Week. Submitted photo

Students and community members will paint the town red in September. Maricopa High School will host its annual homecoming week Sept. 10-15.

Senior Nancy Saldana, 17, is spearheading the effort to promote school spirit on and off campus to media outlets.

“I want to make the most out of it, so I just took a leadership role by myself and I started talking to teachers, student council and the principal and started to make this happen,” Saldana said.

Spirit week at MHS will reflect this year’s “Once Upon a Time” homecoming theme.

It’s a weeklong show of school pride when students and staff attend classes dressed in coordinating costumes.

“We’re incorporating Disney into it,” Saldana said.

Spirit Days at MHS (students only)

Monday: Monsters University – College gear.

Tuesday: Sleeping Beauty – Pajama clothes.

Wednesday: Woody’s Roundup – Western clothing.

Thursday: Ohana Day – Hawaiian shirts.

Friday: Ram out – Red, white and black Ram gear.

The public is encouraged to attend events that are open to the community.

MHS staff will face off with students in a football contest Sept. 10 at Ram Stadium.

Ramfest will return this year to Copper Sky Sept. 13. The citywide party celebrating MHS pride includes vendors, live music, a bonfire, and the annual matchup between alumni and city football players.

Before the big game Sept. 14, the homecoming parade will make its way from Maricopa Wells Middle School  to Ram Stadium at MHS. The parade begins at 5:30 p.m.

Homecoming Week Events:

Monday, Sept. 10: Staff vs. Students Football Game, 7 p.m. at Ram Stadium. (Open to the public).

Tuesday, Sept. 11: Movies Under the Stars at UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at 7 p.m. (Students only).

Wednesday, Sept. 12: Freshman Football Game, 6 p.m. at Ram Stadium (Open to the public).

Thursday, Sept. 13: Ramfest, 6-9 p.m. at Copper Sky. (Open to the public).

Friday, Sept. 14: Homecoming Parade and Community tailgate at 5:30 p.m. Homecoming Game begins 7 p.m. at Ram Stadium. (Open to the public).

Saturday, Sept. 15: Homecoming Dance, 7-10 p.m. at MHS. (Students only).

 

Photo by Michelle Chance

Games, music, an alumni football game and traditional bonfire marked RamFest at Copper Sky Thursday in celebration of Homecoming Week for Maricopa High School. MHS graduates took on city employees and officials, and anyone else who could be rounded up, in the alumni game. Vendors sold food and treats, MHS Marching Band provided pep music, and Maricopa Fire/Medical Department started and maintained the bonfire for a large crowd as the football team prepared to take on North Canyon the following evening.

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Merry Grace

By Merry Grace

Thank you! Two words that mean so much and are extended to so many. Maricopa, thank you for an amazing Homecoming Week for our MHS Rams. The love and support felt means so much to all of our Rams.

Thank you to every single teacher, parent, student, alumni and community member who helped with the planning and coordinating of all the events throughout the week. All of the hard work paid off. The smiles on faces as they joined in the celebration were an indication that all the time and effort you put into the week, was well worth it.

Thank you to all of our volunteers who helped make the events possible including the City of Maricopa, AK Chin, CERT volunteers, Maricopa Police, City of Maricopa Fire Dept, Maricopa Police Explorers and to all of the numerous community members who volunteered throughout the week. These events could not have happened if not for your help!

Thank you to all of the businesses who participated in Paint the Town Red and Ramily Night. Your support is contagious and means so much to our Rams. Ram Pride Fever was everywhere!

Thank you to everyone who participated in and who came out to support Ram Fest. Special thank you goes out to Jamie Bowen-West for coordinating it. This was our second year, which was bigger than last year. Ram Pride fever was felt throughout the evening. Thank you to Edward Farrell and the many others who coordinated the alumni game. The friendly rivalry continues every year.

Thank you to all those who helped make that bonfire seen from those entering Maricopa off of 347.That was our biggest bonfire yet and the memories will last a lifetime! Thank you to not only those who helped donate pallets but to those who delivered and built the stack. Special thank you to our Fire Dept, who made sure everything was safe and who started that fire. Thank you to our Cert members and Police Explorers who kept us all at a safe distance.

Thank you to Maricopa for coming out to fill the stands to help cheer on our team to a victory. Thank you to the many boosters who work so hard to ensure the behind-the-scenes of the game is coordinated. Thank you to all our booster supporters who make so many things possible!.

Thank you to every single future Ram, alumni member, local business, city leader, local candidate, student, parent, teacher and community member who came out to support all of our Rams throughout the week. The support does amazing things for our Rams and means so much to all of us.

There is no doubt that our small but growing town is filled with hometown spirit. The love felt increases school spirit and leads to amazing things. From this proud Mom, I thank you for that love. To all of our future Rams – we see you! We look forward to welcoming you to our Ramily soon. Let’s continue the Ram Pride all year Maricopa!


Merry Grace is a resident of Maricopa.

MHS sophomore Jathan Washington scored two touchdowns Friday night. Photo by William Lange

Homecoming can be as distracting as it is motivating for a football team. It turned out to be both for Maricopa High School Friday night, as the varsity took down Ironwood 37-22 in its first 5A Metro competition.

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The Rams’ defense appeared shaky early against the Eagles’ passing game, with missed assignments leading to touchdowns and vulnerable open-field tackling prolonging Ironwood’s momentum at times. Maricopa did not allow that to define the evening, however.

“It’s all fixable things,” Maricopa head coach Chris McDonald said.

The coach would have preferred not have the tight score of the third quarter against a team with only one win. Considering the disruptions inherent in Homecoming week and some internal conflict, he said the Rams maintained their composure well.

Maricopa scored first on a field goal from Sam Aviles. It was the start of a personally fruitful night for the senior kicker.

But Ironwood quickly answered with a touchdown on a 38-yard pass from Mason Nguyen to Dustin Hoffarth. That initiated back-and-forth scoring.

Ram junior Cameron Sanders ran in from the 12 yard line and Aviles kicked the extra point to put Maricopa up 10-7. Hoffarth took another pass from Nguyen from Ironwood’s own 33 to take a 14-10 lead.

Aviles scored three more points on a field goal with 5:06 left in the half, and the Rams trailed the Eagles 14-13. The Maricopa defense forced a fumble on the kickoff return, setting up Aviles for his third field goal to give the Rams a 16-14 lead. They never trailed again.

At the beginning of the second half, sophomore Jathan Washington ran the ball back 61 yards for a touchdown followed by an Aviles kick to widen the lead to 23-14.

Ironwood crawled back with a rushing touchdown followed by a 2-point conversion and was just one point behind with 5:47 left in the third quarter.

In front a boisterous Homecoming crowd, the Rams’ defense dug in to stop the Eagles the rest of the game.

After a fumble recovery and a run down to the 5 yard line, Sanders carried the ball in for another touchdown. Aviles kicked the PAT, and Maricopa had a 30-22 lead.

Washington scored again from the Maricopa 33 with 2:01 left in the game to complete the scoring.

It was not a pretty win in McDonald’s estimation, but he was happy to take it.

“I just wanted to see us play a cleaner game of football, especially defensively.” McDonald said. “We still have not put a full football game together where offense, defense and special teams play to best of their ability. It seems like every game it’s one or the other, which I guess can be a good thing, too, because we’re 4-2 and we still haven’t played good football yet.”

Washington led the Rams’ rushing with 104 yards on 13 carries. Sanders carried the ball nine times for 53 yards. Senior Kenny Oliver caught four passes for 67 yards and sophomore Jacob Cowing had six receptions for 66 yards. Senior quarterback Zachary Bachelder passed for 139 yards.

Aviles scored 13 points for Maricopa with his foot.

The Rams next play at Apollo High School (2-4) in Glendale Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. in more section play.

A traditional bonfire caps RamFest during Homecoming Week for Maricopa High School. Photo by William Lange

Thursday’s “Ramily” RamFest at Copper Sky was part of Homecoming Week for Maricopa High School. It was followed by an alumni game of flag football and the traditional bonfire.

Author Cynthia Voigt speaks to students at Butterfield Elementary School. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

A class of Maricopa fourth graders received a visit from a Newberry Medal-winning author Oct. 23.

One of Cynthia Voigt’s best-known books is called “Homecoming,” but it was only coincidence she appeared in her grandson Max Voigt’s classroom at Butterfield Elementary on Maricopa Unified School District’s Homecoming day.

Voigt took questions from the students, who had prepared their own lists with guidance from teacher Jeewon Chung.

Chung said she told the students to write questions “they actually wanted to know the answer to.”

“They were very good. They were prepared,” Voigt said afterward. “They gave me a good time.”

Some asked questions about plots and characters in her books. Aspiring writers asked about the publication process.

Is writing hard? “Yeah, but it’s never hard enough to make me want to stop,” said Voigt, who has written more than 30 books for children and young adults.

Author Cynthia Voigt reads from her book “Young Fredle” for Mrs. Chung’s class at Butterfield Elementary. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson
Author Cynthia Voigt reads from her book “Young Fredle” for Mrs. Chung’s class at Butterfield Elementary. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

“Part of the reason I don’t get tired of it is I only do it in the mornings,” Voigt said. “It’s what I call a part-time job. If I tried to write full time, I think I would get seriously tired.

“My favorite life was when I had two children and a husband and I was a teacher in the afternoons. In the mornings they all went to school, and I wrote my books. So I had my writing time, my teaching time and my family time. I had everything I wanted,” she said.

Chung also asked her to read from her book “Young Fredle,” published in 2011.

Voigt said she drew inspiration for plots and characters from anything and everyone. “I’m interested in everything,” she said.

Voigt lives in Maine. This was her third trip to Maricopa since her son and his family moved to Arizona from the East Coast last October.

She said she knew she wanted to be a writer from the time she was 14. Her first book was published when she was 39.

That was “Homecoming,” and it was 1981. It was also the first of seven Tillerman books and was made into a film in 1996. The second book in the Tillerman series, “Dicey’s Song” won the coveted Newbery Medal.

Voigt has won 10 more awards since.

Her latest book is the third in the “Mister Max” series and was released in September. The “Max” trilogy is about a 12-year-old boy searching for his missing parents. But wait. Is “Max” based by her grandson Max?

Max Voigt slowly shook his head at the sudden attention from classmates while his grandmother waved her hands. “No, no. I just liked the name,” she said.

Are you famous? “Not as famous as I used to be.”

This story was published in the November issued of InMaricopa News.

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Coach Chris McDonald talks a dejected Rams team through the next goals. Photo by William Lange

The Maricopa High School Rams football team turned the ball over five times and failed to gain any offensive momentum en route to a 49-7 loss to Vista Grande during the Homecoming game Friday night.

The tone was set early for the Rams as they fumbled the ball to set up easy touchdowns for the Spartans.

By the end of the first quarter, Maricopa trailed Vista Grande 28-0. By halftime, the Spartans held a commanding 35-0 lead, and the shell-locked Rams trotted into the locker room looking for answers on how the game got away from them so quickly.

“I can’t put my finger on [what went wrong], but it just seems like it snowballed,” MHS football head coach Chris McDonald said. “They came out tonight and were more physical than us, but it just kind of snowballed from there. I’m sick to my stomach about what transpired tonight and what the fans had to watch.”

Maricopa’s offense didn’t find much luck against the stingy Vista Grande defense in the second half either. Senior running back Jalen Lee was able to take a pitch from senior quarterback Aaron Owens for a long touchdown run, but that was the lone big play the typically high-powered Rams offense could muster.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Rams were able to hold the Spartans in check for most of the game. However, extremely short fields and an opportunistic game plan allowed Vista Grande to break the game open early. It only took a few offensive drives and big plays to come away with a victory.

“I’m sick to my stomach about what transpired tonight and what the fans had to watch.” – Coach McDonald

“This game does not define you,” McDonald said to his players after the game. “That score does not define who we are as a team and who you guys are as football players. I know it hurts. It hurts for me, too. We lost one of our team goals. We didn’t win section tonight. But we can still come out on Senior Night and execute the little things right, and we can still go to playoffs and accomplish that.”

Maricopa’s loss carries heavy implications for both teams. Vista Grande entered Friday’s game outside the playoff picture. The Spartans ranked 18th in the Arizona Interscholastic Association Division III Football Power Rankings and needed to upset the eighth-ranked Rams if they had any hope of making the playoffs.

Maricopa, on the other hand, had the opportunity to clinch a section title and all but guarantee themselves a playoff spot. The loss will likely drop them out of the top 10 in the Power Rankings and make next Friday’s game against the 14th-ranked Bears of Bradshaw Mountain High School a must win.

The Maricopa High School Homecoming Court. Photo by William Lange
The Maricopa High School Homecoming Court. Photo by William Lange

 

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Students challenges staff in the Maricopa High School mud run during Homecoming Week. Photo by Adam Wolfe

The Maricopa High School staff challenged the student body in the Maricopa Mud Run course Thursday night.

The course was shorter than it will be for Saturday’s city-wide event, but that didn’t stop the competition from getting fierce.

The students outnumbered the staff by at least a dozen, but the larger number couldn’t stop cross country assistant coach Alec Fillmore from taking first overall. Fillmore was able to finish the two mile course in just over 22 minutes.

“I had some students call me out, so I had to come out and win,” Fillmore said.

The next few finishers would be students before a group of faculty members crossed together.

The top finishing students were awarded the inaugural “Mud King” and “Mud Queen” crowns, and each participant received a medal.

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By Henry Wade

Hello Maricopa Family, I am writing you concerning a very important issue that has a profound impact on our community.

I am speaking about the Maricopa High School Homecoming game and connected special events.  Celebrating 60 years of Ram Pride, the Maricopa High School Homecoming Committee has spent countless hours preparing for the week of Sept. 17 through the 24th and really need your participation.

Unless you have ever been a part of a team such as this, you’ll never know and appreciate all the planning and energy that goes into making Homecoming a special event.

The student body looks forward to this week where they can “Paint the Town Red” and show their Ram Pride in thought, word and deed.  This year’s herculean task is no less challenging than any in the past and the organizers need your help and support to pull it off.

This year’s herculean task is no less challenging than any in the past and the organizers need your help and support to pull it off.


Having been directly involved in last year’s committee, I was thoroughly impressed with the unselfish manner in which students, faculty, parents and community supporters came together to create an exciting and thoughtful program. Keeping their focus on School Spirit and Pride, the committee reaches out to businesses, and individuals encouraging them join in their quest to highlight Maricopa’s community spirit.  This year adding to the fun is the celebration of Maricopa High’s 60th anniversary, what better way to celebrate the school’s history than to have a full blown celebration.

Please come out and experience the contagious excitement starting Saturday, Oct. 17, with the Tortosa HOA & UltraStar Laser Tag Tourney and ending with the MHS Homecoming Dance Saturday, Oct. 24. For questions on how you can participate or if you are a businessowner and want to enter the “Paint the Town Red” contest, contact Bermadette Russoniello at 520-568-8100, ext. 4047.  You can also send an email to mhsnews@gmail.com.

Henry Wade is a Maricopa City Council Member.

The Homecoming Community Committee met Monday to lay out final details. Photo by Adam Wolfe

The Maricopa High School Homecoming Committee met for the last time Monday night to finalize their plans for the upcoming Homecoming Week Oct. 17-24.

The majority of the events are set, but last-minute details such as chaperones, security and facility reservations still need to be taken care of. Events such as the Powder Puff football game next Monday night and the community tail gate before the football game Friday night require school chaperones to be present since they are on school property and involve students.
Events such as “Ram Fest 2015” and the Mud Run Thursday night take place at Copper Sky Regional Park and don’t require as much school involvement, but the chaperones are still needed to ensure the safety of MHS students.

“The things that are off campus are a bit different, but we still have to have chaperones listed,” MHS Assistant Principal Krista Cox said. “That’s where some of our gaps are as far as administration’s side of this.”

Outside of finalizing the list of chaperones, some events for Homecoming Week need more participants. The Mud Run Thursday night must have 50 students and staff signed up to compete or the cost will be too great and it won’t happen. The deadline for participants to sign up is this Oct. 16.

The committee also hopes to get vendors more involved with the community at Ram Fest. In order to ensure everyone at the event has something to do; the committee is hoping vendors who provide items to buy will also provide items for the community members to interact with.

“We talked last time about the idea that we want there to be something for everybody to do that comes to the festival,” MHS teacher Bernadette Russoniello said. “Especially if a group is asking to sell something, they should also be offering something for the community to be able to be involved in. So if they’re selling soda, maybe they’re also offering face painting or stickers.”

The committee also decided to get the community more involved by changing the pre-game tailgate from an alumni tailgate to a community tailgate open to everyone. The event will start at 5 p.m. Friday and proceed until the game starts at 7 p.m.

Barring any event cancelations, the current schedule of Homecoming Week events are:
–    Saturday, Oct. 17 – Laser Tag tournament at UltraStar Multi-tainment Center
–    Monday, Oct. 19 – Senior Class vs. Junior Class Powder Puff football game at 6 p.m. at Ram Stadium
–    Tuesday, Oct. 20 – Screening of “Friday Night Lights” at UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at 6 p.m.
–    Wednesday, Oct. 21 – RamFest 2015: Community festival, alumni football game and bonfire at Copper Sky Regional Park from 5 to 9 p.m.
–    Thursday, Oct. 22 – Staff vs. Student Mud Run at Copper Sky Regional Park from 7 to 9 p.m.
–    Friday, Oct. 23 – Community Tailgate and football game at Maricopa High School starting at 5 p.m.
–    Friday, Oct. 23 – Alumni and staff only after party at the Elements Event Center at Ak-Chin Circle from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.
– The event is for alumni and staff over the age of 21
–    Saturday, Oct. 24 – Homecoming Dance

All 16 applicants for the Maricopa Youth Council were approved and given the opportunity to vote. Photo by Adam Wolfe

The Maricopa City Council approved 16 applicants for the Maricopa Youth Council, and gave all members of the program the opportunity to vote in meetings.

The initial plan was for seven new members of the Maricopa Youth Council, bringing the total to 14 with two alternates. The City Council adjusted the motion and unanimously voted to bring on all seven new members, but allow all 16 teens to have a vote.

“We had the opportunity to have a meet-and-greet with the present council and the new candidates coming in,” Council member Peggy Chapados said. “These kids have done some amazing things, and I would like to suggest that, since we only have 16, let’s make them all full voting Youth Council members. I really don’t know if there is an advantage to having two alternates. It only changes the quorum requirement by one person, and I’d hate to see two kids take this opportunity to be involved and have to sit out on some things.”

After ensuring the change was within the council’s legal right, the council unanimously approved all 16 applicants for the Youth Council and gave them each the opportunity to vote.

Tuesday night’s City Council meeting didn’t feature many votes, and ended within an hour. The time was dominated by members of the public speaking about upcoming events and celebrations.

Maricopa Mayor Christian Price announced a proclamation for the city to celebrate Maricopa High School’s 60th anniversary. As part of the Homecoming Week celebrations, Maricopa homes and businesses are encouraged to “paint the town red” by decorating their establishments with MHS colors.

“As you may or may not know, one of the things we are always trying to do better here as a city is to have a better relationship with our school district,” Price said. “The reason is that, for those who do not know, they are different and distinct government bodies – different budgets and different governing officials. So although they have overlapping jurisdiction, their jurisdiction isn’t solely the city’s to control the district; and vice versa. In order for us to do and be successful, I think we have to learn and be excellent together.”

Maricopa Unified School District Governing Board President Patti Coutre joined Mayor Price at the podium while he proclaimed the month of October to be “Chamber for Good Month.” The month is meant to showcase local business and non-profits to promote economic growth by buying local.

The only other vote the council made was to approve the consent agenda. The unanimous vote approved 11 items including an intergovernmental agreement with Pinal County regarding the co-located administration and operation of limited jurisdiction courts and Pinal County Animal Care and Control for a two-year contract to enhance Public Safety services concerning animal care, control and enforcement.

The consent agenda also included purchase of a BMW R1200 RT-P police motorcycle from GOAZ for the Maricopa Police Department not to exceed $30,861.78, a 2016 Chevrolet Express 15-passenger van not to exceed $35,000 from Midway Chevrolet for the City’s Community Services Department and a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado double cab 4×4 pickup truck not to exceed $31,565 for the Public Works’ street maintenance division. The council also approved an interim presiding judge agreement with Judge Lyle Riggs.

The council will meet again on Oct. 20 at 7 p.m.

The Homecoming Committee met Monday night to discuss changes to Homecoming Week festivities. Photo by Adam Wolfe

The Maricopa High School Homecoming Committee has elected to conduct a Homecoming festival featuring celebrations of the past, an alumni football game and a bonfire over a parade.

The committee is calling the festival “Ram Fest 2015.” The festival was chosen instead of a parade due to available space. Since the school can’t shut down a major highway such as State Route 347 for a parade, the festival allows the school to celebrate its past and present in one central location.

The committee hopes to rent out the open space at Copper Sky Regional Park for the event. “There will be a walking parade at some point during the festival with the football team, band, homecoming court and cheerleaders,” MHS Resource Officer Chris Evans said in the meeting. “Anybody else who wants to join can join in. The whole thing will go from the south end of the parking lot from the dog park to the baseball field.”

Ram Fest 2015 will kick off with the Homecoming festival in the regional park by the lake. The crowd is then expected to migrate over to the football fields, where the alumni game will start at 7 p.m. Once the game ends, the football team is expected to lead the walking parade over to the bonfire area for the lighting ceremony. The Homecoming Committee hopes to bring a bit more organization and tradition to the event in comparison to last year.

“We can get everyone hyped up and then have the cheerleaders and the band start a snake walk and follow the (football) team,” Maricopa Rotary Club Vice President Alma Farrell said. “I think that’ll get everyone riled up to go to the bonfire.”

The committee is also looking to bring vendors into the festival and bring as many MHS alumni into the celebration as possible. Their hope is to tie the school’s storied past into its promising present and celebrate the last 60 years of Rams success. The festival is expected to take place Wednesday, Oct. 21, around 5 p.m. The committee will host an event launch during Maricopa’s next home football game against Tempe High School on Friday, Sept. 25.

The first high schoolers at MHS started as freshmen in 1955 and graduating in 1959. They had a 50-year class reunion in the current gym in 2009. Courtesy of Maricopa Historical Society/Patricia Brock

By Adam Wolfe

Maricopa High School will be celebrating its 60th anniversary during this year’s Homecoming festivities.

The school, which started with 28 freshmen in 1955, now teaches over 1,800 students. According to “Reflections of a Desert Town” by Patricia Brock, Maricopa students had to drive or take a train or bus to Casa Grande to attend school before the high school was built. Students would often miss school due to poor weather or road conditions, and fed-up parents decided the town needed its own school.

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Sophomore, juniors and seniors were bused to Casa Grande.

“Casa Grande High School continued to bus the older students for the next three years. In 1958, it was decided not to bus the Maricopa seniors,” Brock wrote in the book she published in 2007. “This left a few seniors with the option of providing their own transportation to Casa Grande High School, or attending a three-year high school in Maricopa with no hope of graduating until the following year. Some students elected to join the junior class in Maricopa, and others simply did not graduate.”

The first graduating class of Maricopa High School received diplomas in 1959. As the first class, they chose the school colors and mascot and first painted the “M” on Pima Butte.

Since that inaugural class, 56 more graduating classes received diplomas from MHS, and the school, along with the city, has seen tremendous growth. The school remains at its original site, but the buildings have been replaced.

In an effort to honor the past, Merry Grace and other members of the Homecoming Committee are tying in the school’s long history to this year’s celebration.

“Nothing is set in stone yet, but we are going to celebrate the 60th anniversary,” Grace said. “We are hoping to showcase the alumni for the 60th anniversary with a tailgate and a pep rally, possibly have a bonfire and parade as well. We’d like to host a district-wide spirit week so all the schools can get involved, and we will ‘paint the town red’ and have local business decorate their stores in red and black to celebrate the school.”

Grace is hopeful the “Paint the Town Red” event will be celebrated by many local businesses. Mayor Christian Price will proclaim during the Oct. 6 City Council meeting that Oct. 19-24 will be “Paint the Town Red Week” in honor of Homecoming. The business that has the best decorations will be announced before the Oct. 23 football game against Vista Grande High School.

For the second straight year, the Tortosa subdivision and UltraStar Multi-tainment will host a laser tag competition as well. Grace said the plan is to have a showdown between adults and youth.

The Homecoming Committee is still waiting to gain approval for various events throughout the week, but the group hopes to get as much of the community involved as possible.

“The community has really embraced making this a community event and not just a school thing,” Grace said.

To learn more about Homecoming plans or get involved find “Maricopa High School 2015 Homecoming Community Committee” on Facebook.com. The next Homecoming meeting will be on Sept. 14 at MHS in the library at 5 p.m.