Upper Arlington High School students are preparing for the annual Homecoming Dance, which will be held Saturday from 8-11 p.m. in the lobby of the school's auditorium.

Upper Arlington High School students are preparing for the annual Homecoming Dance, which will be held Saturday from 8-11 p.m. in the lobby of the school's auditorium.

Students have been participating in Spirit Week activities to build excitement for the dance. Monday was Hat Day, Tuesday was Tie Dye/Neon Day, and Wednesday was Sports Jersey Day. Thursday and Friday will have Hawaiian and Black and Gold themes, respectively.

The theme of this year's dance is "A Night at Sea." Student council handles every aspect of organizing the dance, from choosing the theme to decorating the lobby.

"There's going to be a big boat, so it seems like we're out at sea," said Kelsey Kessler, who is a member of student council as well as this year's homecoming court.

The remaining homecoming court members include: Abby Brown, Tess Galantowicz, Megan Miller, Sonia Suber, Caroline Wulf, Brandon Beck, Kyle Cassady, John Hardesty, Will Jones and Joey Mikac.

The entire student body selects the homecoming court from a list compiled by student council.

"Their original list had 14 men and 14 women. The 10 with the most votes are the homecoming court," said Kim Brown, a teacher who is serving as co-adviser of the homecoming festivities along with colleague Karen D'Eramo.

This year's homecoming court is slightly larger than usual, Brown said.

"Usually it's five men and five women," she said, "but this year we have 11 because there's a tie."

In selecting members of the homecoming court, student council tries to include people who represent a variety of interests, Kessler said.

"We have people who are in music, people who are in sports," she said. "There's no big competition. There's no campaigning. It's a fun thing. It's good just to be nominated."

The homecoming king and queen will be announced during half-time of Friday's game when the Golden Bears take on the Hilliard Darby Panthers.