Organizers say Upper Arlington High School's 2012 homecoming dance will be "sweeter than chocolate" thanks to a Candy Land theme that features giant lollipops and cupcake towers.
Students and staff members dressed to a different theme each day this week, with Monday as Denim Day; Hawaiian Tuesday; Athletic Jersey Wednesday; Red, White and Blue Thursday; and Blackout Friday.
The week culminates in the Candy Land dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, in the auditorium lobby of the high school, 1650 Ridgeview Road. Tickets are $15.
Adviser Kim Brown said a spirit committee, a group from the student council, chose the theme and created a contest for Spirit Week.
"Each day, they selected a male and female student, as well as a staff member, who has dressed the best for the theme," she said. "The winners are awarded either a Chipotle gift card or a gift card to the Rise Cafe, the school coffee shop. The grand-prize winner for the week wins a pair of homecoming dance tickets."
She said the committee chose Candy Land as a theme because "they liked the opportunities it created for decorations."
"Student council likes to decorate for the dance as a group, rather than hire an outside company to come and decorate," Brown said. "They have already started working on a large lollipop and cupcake display stands."
Brown said the homecoming dance is the only fundraising activity the student council conducts during the year.
"Profits from the dance go to fund a variety of projects student council supports throughout the rest of the year," she said.
She said seniors voted online last week at a website poll to nominate members of the homecoming court.
"The 15 or so male and female students with the most votes are nominated, then their photos are placed in the main display case so students know who the candidates are," she said. "The last election is schoolwide. Five male and five female students make up the king and queen's court and all are seniors. The king and queen will be announced at the homecoming game on Friday night."
Brown said last year's king, Nate Smallwood, and queen, Maddie Spielman, will crown the new homecoming royalty.
The king and queen candidates are Gus Ackley, Cormac Bloomfield, Vinny Bonta, Raul Carvalho, Maggie Fitz, Abby Godard, Taylor Grow, Tim Lark, Sarah Mamo and Ally Overmyer.