Coming down Ames High Drive on Monday morning at 5:30 a.m. was surprising to most members of the girlsâ swim team, being the first to see the TP-ing job by Ames High seniors and juniors who participated in the event. âThe school had given us permission ahead of time, so [the toilet paper] wasnât a huge surprise to the staff and teachers, but it still was a lot of fun,â said senior Maddie Andersen. Thus Homecoming 2010 started with a bang. Ames High Homecoming is a week-long celebration of being a Little Cyclone. Social gatherings and activities like assemblies, the parade downtown, themed clothing days, the âKing and Queenâ coronation, and of course, the big game on Friday night, are all meant to increase school spirit. The annual recurrence of Homecoming can be, well, repetitive. However, this yearâs Homecoming was different from those of past years. âThis year I think a lot was focused on details,â said senior and co-coordinator of weekly activities, Charlotte Quant. âThe senior co-chairs did a really good job of divvying out the tasks, and it was all very organized and easy to follow.â One rather large change made to this yearâs schedule was replacing âBattle of the Bandsâ with a tailgate on Tuesday night in the Ames High parking lot. The Grill-Out was âan activity where everyone can come and be together, underclassmen and upperclassmen! It’s a great way to participate in homecoming week and be around your friends,â Quant explained. In addition, this yearâs Homecoming Committee decided to add a new theme to the themed clothing days line-up. â-ER Dayâ was the chosen theme to replace the âClass Color Dayâ. -ER Day is a day that brings variation and almost limitless opportunity to the Tuesday of Homecoming Week because students could dress up as anything that ends in â-erâ (or any homonym, as some students chose). One studentâs vision stood out from the rest, and, perhaps, she took ER Day to the next level. Junior Rachel Shriverâs vision was entitled âPregger Motherâ. âPeople were thinking about being a farmer or a biker, or something thatâs an âactual jobâ, but being a mom is like a full-time job,â said Shriver. â24 hours a day and seven days a week. I mean, thatâs a lot. And because Iâm a âPreggerâ, itâs intense.â Dressed in a âcommon mom outfitâ, Shriverâs costume included comfortable sweats, a âmom purseâ, flip-flops, sunglasses, a lack of make-up, and a balloon for a belly. Shriverâs outfit stood out amongst others who participated. âWhen [Shriver] walked into my class [Tuesday] morning, I had to stop one of my ninth graders who was presenting a project so my class and I could take a break and laugh at her,â said teacher Ginny Seibert, who dressed up as Harry Potter. âRachelâs outfit was impressive.â Getting attention wasnât the only reason why Shriver chose to be a âPregger Motherâ. Letting others know that being a mother is hard work was also a part of her decision. âPeople think that stay-at-home moms are lazy, but itâs a huge job, and most people donât think it is,â said Shriver. She has definitely felt the pain. âI am worn out. Even though itâs just a balloon, being a âPregger Motherâ is hard work. Just getting into my car was like, âMove the chair back…â and walking around is hard, too,â she said. -ER Day has definitely shown the creativity of students at Ames High. From dressing up as a âMad-Hatterâ to rebelling and going as âfierâ or a calculat or , Ames High students have some spunk. âIt looks like my closet threw up on me,â said junior âHipsterâ Katrina Henderson. Tuesday was a fun day in that students got to share their ideas, and even more so because the girlsâ swim team defeated the Valley Tigers for the first time in school history!