Grandview Heights High School's Spirit Week truly is a homecoming this year: The annual homecoming dance is returning to the high school gym.

"We haven't held the dance at the high school for many years," student council adviser Kevin McCarthy said. "We haven't had to journey very far, just down the street to the middle school commons, but especially given that we're about to start our big renovation project, it makes sense to come back to the high school."

There are some practical reasons why student council wanted the dance to be held in the gym, student council president Lauren Leach said.

"The commons is kind of a closed-in space and it can get really hot in there," she said.

"At other schools, and especially in the movies, the homecoming dance is always held in the high school gym. It just seems like it would be more fun and meaningful to have the dance in our gym, especially for the seniors," said Leach, who's a senior herself.

The homecoming dance wraps up Spirit Week and will be held from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21.

Student council planned a variety of Spirit Week activities leading up to the Friday, Sept. 20, homecoming game against Bexley. Each day featured a different dress-up theme, with Monday featuring Jersey Day and the annual Class Clowns of Grandview competition.

"Everyone has a necklace of beads and if you make someone laugh during the day, they give you one of their beads," McCarthy said. "The more people you make laugh, the more beads you collect.

"It's a good way to start the week by having some laughs," he said.

Tuesday was Beach Day, Wednesday was Class Colors Day and Thursday was set as the annual Twin Day, where pairs of students arrange to dress alike.

Students stay after school on Thursday to decorate the hallways.

This year, the student council chose time periods as the hallway theme. Each class got to pick an era for their hallway. Freshmen chose the future, sophomores chose the present day, juniors selected the prehistoric era and seniors chose medieval times.

"It's going to be interesting to see how each class chooses to represent their era," McCarthy said.

"We wanted to pick a hallway theme that was fun and would give people a chance to be creative, but wasn't too broad," Leach said. "We choose the hallway theme in the spring to give the classes plenty of time to think up some cool ideas."

On Friday, students will dress to reflect their class hall themes.

The week's activities provide "a nice break from the daily grind of school," Leach said.

"Everybody looks forward to it. It's a week where you get to have some fun and dress up in a different theme each day."

The senior class selected the homecoming court, who are all seniors, but all students will vote for the king and queen, McCarthy said.

The queen candidates are Emma Hall, Lauren Leach, Claudette Moul, Ava Rehbeck and Amelia Sturbois.

King candidates are Sam Amurgis, Luke Berlin, Charlie Ferguson, Luke Lachey and Ricky Matter.

"The nice thing is, our students just don't pick candidates and vote for people based on whose the most popular students," McCarthy said.

"The homecoming court are students who embody the spirit of being a (Grandview Heights) Bobcat and embody the spirit of our community."