Carroll High School is celebrating homecoming this week to the theme “Sweet Carroll High.”
The seniors selected the homecoming court, and the entire student body will vote on the king and queen. Coronation will be at the pep rally beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday in the school gym.
Queen candidates are Rylee Ludwig, daughter of Hagen and Jean Ludwig; Mia Nagl, daughter of Eric and Clare Nagl; Emma Perkins, daughter of Greg and Julie Perkins; Lauren Snyder, daughter of Cory and Michelle Snyder; and Rachel White, daughter of Jim and Joelle White.
King candidates are Chase Gladden, son of Jason Gladden and Angie Potthoff; Jake Roiland, son of Jeff and Jane Roiland; Trevin Vanderheiden, son of Marty and Jodi Vanderheiden; Colby Vincent, son of Mike and Ann Vincent; and Luke Woosley, son of Jeremy and Kalina Johnson.
The candidates will ride in the parade, which will begin at 1:30 p.m. Friday north of the high school and travel south on Grant Road to Carroll Athletic Field stadium. The king and queen will reign at the homecoming dance, which will be from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday in the school commons.
Carroll High Booster Club will host a steak fry beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the school, preceding the pep rally. At the pep rally, grand marshals for the parade will be introduced. The Student Senate selected Kirk Christensen, retired longtime Carroll High teacher and coach.
Christensen, who retired after last school year, came to Carroll High in 1998 and taught physical education and driver’s education. He was a football coach 20 years (1999–2019), junior-varsity boys basketball coach five years (1999–2004) and girls track coach 20 years (1999–2019). He previously taught and coached at Pearl City High School in Illinois from 1985–89 and Baxter (Iowa) High School, where he was also athletic director, from 1989–98.
In a new feature, the Carroll High Alumni and Friends Association has selected Al Ringleb, a 1969 CHS graduate, to receive an Honorary Alum honor and also serve as a grand marshal. More than 30 years ago, Ringleb founded the CIMBA Italy study-abroad program, which offers degrees for undergraduate, MBA and executive-level students. Coursework focuses on American-style learning in business, leadership, journalism, communication and engineering. CIMBA has offices at its main campus in Paderno del Grappa in the Veneto region of northern Italy, and at the University of Iowa in Iowa City and the University of Kansas in Lawrence. The University of Iowa Tippie College of Business is the degree- and credit-granting institution for the program.
The Alumni and Friends Association is looking to make this an annual presentation and see it also as a way to promote homecoming participation.
Also at the pep rally, winners of the auction for senior football players’ jerseys will be announced. The auction raises funds for seniors’ scholarships.
Homecoming schedule is as follows:
Thursday, Oct. 3
5:30 p.m. — Steak fry at the high school, 2809 N. Grant Road, hosted by the CHS Booster Club.
7:15 p.m. — Pep rally at the high school gymnasium featuring the crowning of the homecoming royalty and announcement of the parade marshal and float winners.
Friday, Oct. 4
1:30 p.m. — Parade, starting at the Little League complex, north of the high school, traveling east to Grant Road and south to Carroll Athletic Field stadium.
5 p.m. — CHS Alumni and Friends tailgate party at the Graham Park shelterhouse.
7:30 p.m. — Homecoming football game against Boone at the stadium. All alums and friends are invited to Bloomers, Highway 30 East, after the game. Snacks will be provided by the Alumni and Friends, and there will be cash bar.
Saturday, Oct. 5
Noon to 2 p.m. — Tours of the “old” high school, 1026 N. Adams St., now Adams Elementary School. Reception for the honored classes will be held. Refreshments will be served. Honored classes will be the Classes of 1954, 1959 and 1964. A bus tour of the city will be given if enough alums are interested. Time will be determined later.