RJ Bowstring and Marcel Oldman are the Homecoming Royalty at St. Stephens High School this year. The pair were crowned this morning before the football game with Meeteetse.
(St. Stephens, Wyo.) – For the first time in some five decades, St. Stephens High School held a Homecoming celebration this fall in connection with its football game today with the Meeteetse Longhorns. Of course, it’s the first time that St. Stephens has fielded a football team as well, playing in its first season of six-man football.
Re-establishment of the tradition is part of a drive by St. Stephens administrators to increase good sportsmanship at the school following several disturbing incidents involving the school’s fans and team members within the past years. One of the most recent incidents was when Eagles fans were involved in a fight involving several dozen people in the stands at the regional basketball tournament in Lander last winter. The behavior of individuals on the St. Stephens basketball teams, both boys and girls, was also questioned. It came to the point where some schools indicated they would not schedule the Eagles if the safety of their players and fans could not be guaranteed.
According to St. Stephens High School Principal Susan Kinneman, the school has implemented a number of initiatives to boost good sportsmanship. “We have done a lot of things like create good sportsmanship pledge cards, organized a pep club, organized a booster club and we’re actually having a Homecoming for the first time in 50 years,” she said.
Kinneman also sent a letter to St. Stephens students, parents and fans last spring spelling out the changes the school is making. See the letter copied below.