1 Peter 3:15 "But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be ready to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope you have."
Homecoming Rally was loud, colorful, and full of lots of pep! Student Council officers, President Emily Gyurman, Vice President Hadlie Rittgers, Secretary Joe Hasse, and Reporter Cade McDowell with their sponsor, Mrs. Mary Vasquez directed the skits, and games while cheer sponsor, Shae Johnson, led several cheers and songs. These cheerleaders led the chants: Raegen Johnson, Mollie Kelley, Aubree Rybacki, Cynthia Watson, and Aylssa Harp. Betsy Barnett, Diana Flory, and Kayla Murdock were the judges for the skits, cheers, and decorations over two days that climaxed with the seniors earning the most points to be awarded the "Class with Class" sign at the homecoming football game. Former Principal, Betsy Barnett, noted that this week had shown the most school spirit for some time. The skits were entertaining, along with various cheers and chants. Kristina Uhland's young Eaglets dance group brought a big ovation for both age groups. Kristina was assisted by Brandi Turcotte and Kelly Dunlap as the young girls performed at the rally and for the homecoming football game. Kristina was a former Tigerette from Cheyenne Wells, whose cheer squad won a number of performance awards, and now she is loving being able to share her talent with her new hometown girls. The Hanover Hornets came from their school east of Colorado Springs to Eads where the volleyball and football teams were both victorious.
Thursday Mrs. Dawn James and Mrs. Shea Johnson, with the cheerleaders, arranged one of the nicest happenings for families of sports men and women, and that was introducing the parents, who came to stand with their son or daughter who gave them a carnation while fans took photos of the families. Because of all the rain during the week, the community pep rally was held in the gym rather than outdoors on the football field. However following the pep rally, many fans moved to the field parking lot to enjoy watching the flaming 'E' and have cookies and hot chocolate served from the concession stand.
Friday night during half-time, seniors Nickolas Epper and Brooklyn Jones were crowned King and Queen. The senior Prince was Blake Stoker, and the Princesses were Molly Stolzenberger and Lauren Spady. The junior attendants were Kaycee Ellenberger and Christopher Scranton; sophomore attendants were Ally Spady and Hatch Nelson, and freshmen attendants were Reaghlie Rittgers and Chase Stolzenberger.
The next and last home games will be Friday, October 19, in Eads, with middle school volleyball and football games played at 4:00 p.m. before the high school volleyball and football games with Cheraw. The Lady Eagle volleyball district tournament will be in Lamar the following week.
Nola Engstrom is a happier lady these days since her daughter, Jura and husband, John, retired from their jobs in the Arvada postal department and fire department and moved to Eads this fall. They are enjoying owning the Laverne and Ilene Eder's home. Their grandson, Bryson Watne, is a sophomore at Eads High School, so they are again a part of EHS since their daughter, Adrienne Simpkins, graduated from Eads high in 1997 while she lived with her grandparents, Lawrence and Nola Engstrom.
The Kiowa County Farm Bureau members, under the leadership of President Laura Negley, have been working all fall to bring a top Denver band to Eads October 20. The evening begins at 4:00 p.m. with a corn hole tournament on Maine Street in the food court. Charlie and Mary Vasquez will offer food as well, as workers will be in the Maine Scoop to serve ice cream. This is a worthy concert to come to hear The Thread Barons concert because the Farm Bureau group will use profits to donate to such groups as the 4-H Council, the FFA, and other groups.
For over 25 years, some of us have been attending the "Down East Boys" gospel concerts brought here by Jimmy and Amanda Brown. We never tire of listening to their message and music. A good example is that during the concert last week 94-year-old Margaret Frazee said that she "remembered hearing them at the Methodist Church." Thanks to Activity Director Tonya Lane that she brought three ladies in their 90's to the Praise Community Church to hear the gospel concert. They were Margaret Frazee, June Weeks, and Emma Briggs. She was assisted by Valorie Briggs.
Ladies from several different towns enjoyed hearing Rev. George Hesse and wife, Ruthann, of Greeley, and Ashley Gooden of Eads as their guest speakers at the Fall Lutheran Women's Mission League rally last Saturday. Ashley has recently had a children's book published which is based on her husband, Kenan, and little boys. She also had a display and told about their new adventure this year to be encouraging people to fill Good Samaritan gift boxes. These boxes for children will be delivered to children in poverty areas or natural disaster countries and will be accepted during the week of November 17 by the Goodens at the Praise Community Church and then will be taken to the Denver headquarters. The Rally was held at the Kit Carson Trinity Lutheran Church.