(Photo provided) Above, the members of the Akron-Westfield 2022 Return Tribunal are: (front row, left to right) Natalie Olson, Ellie Martinsen, Alexa Swoyer, Alyssa Nemesio, Katie Johnson, Lauryn Saathoff. Back row: Eli Medina, Jacob Myers, Braden Huber, Michael Swancutt, Lane Kenny and Ashton Eden.
AKRON — Films will be the focus of this year’s Akron-Westfield Homecoming week celebration with the theme “Lights, Camera, Action” leading the students.
On Monday, the 1985 film “The Breakfast Club” will offer students the chance to lounge around in their pajamas for the day.
The “Jumanji” film series will set up Tuesday’s costume day. Students in grades 7-12 will dress as they would for a jungle expedition or safari. PK-6 ranks will see if they can hide in the jungle unnoticed while wearing their camouflage.
On Wednesday, students in grades 7-12 will embark on thriller movies as they get to dress up in their favorite costume. However, face coverings will not be permitted. PK-6 grades will have a different theme on Wednesday as theirs is “Happy Feet,” the 2006 penguin movie. These students will be wearing their craziest socks for the day.
Thursday will be the “Inside Out” day of the 2015 movie. At levels 7-12, this means class color day. 7th and 8th graders will wear green, freshmen will wear yellow, sophomores will wear blue, juniors will wear their white, and seniors will bring pink out of the closet. PK-6 ranks will wear neon or tie-dye colors on Thursday.
Dress-up days end under “Friday Night Lights” for spirit day. The whole school will wear red and black to support Westerners.
The coronation ceremony will take place on Thursday, September 29 at 7 p.m. in the elementary gymnasium.
The King candidates are: Braden Huber, son of Chris Huber and Sara Huber; Lane Kenny, son of Matthew and Bobbie Kenny; Elijah Medina, son of Eddie and Kashea Medina; Ashton Eden, son of Matt and Jessica Minor; Jacob Myers, son of Josh and Brandi Myers; and Michael Swancutt, son of Todd and Kim Swancutt.
The queen candidates are: Alyssa Nemesio, daughter of Anthony and Theresa Nemesio; Katelyn Johnson, daughter of Scott and Nicole Johnson; Lauryn Saathoff, daughter of Kelly and Melissa Saathoff; Natalie Olson, daughter of Douglas and Kerrie Olson; Alexa Swoyer, daughter of Curt and Sheila Swoyer; and Elisabeth Martinsen, daughter of Josh and Dawn Martinsen.
The homecoming parade will take place at 2 p.m. Friday, September 30 in downtown Akron.
The Westerners will host Hinton for their return football game on Friday night.
Earlier in the week, the volleyball team will also host Hinton as the War Eagle Conference foes meet on Tuesday night. Akron-Westfield cross country runners are scheduled to race at South O’Brien on Thursday.
The homecoming week festivities will end with the homecoming dance for high school students on Friday after the football game. The dance will take place at the school.