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International Homecoming spins a world of fun
This week our Student Activities Board treated the NDCL community to an internationally themed Homecoming celebration that was truly out of this world.

The week overflowed with school spirit and special activities, including themed dress down days, special games and food at lunchtime, our traditional all-school Homecoming Mass, and something brand new this year: a carnival that turned our campus into a mini version of the Great Geauga County Fair.

    
  BIG WHEEL, KEEP ON TURNIN': Win or lose on the prize wheel, sophomores Ryann Ranallo, Courtney Thomas, and Alexa Brock give Homecoming 2019 a thumbs up.

On Friday afternoon, our 727 students and about 120 of their little siblings enjoyed fair treats like cotton candy, snow cones, popcorn, and ice cream as they tried their luck at midway games such as ring toss, skeeball, penny toss, plinko, and even a dunk tank. Professional face-painters decorated students' faces and arms with intricate designs while the Flower Clown strolled the campus fashioning all sorts of imaginative balloon art.

At the end of the carnival, everyone gathered in McGarry Gym for the Homecoming Rally, which included crowning senior Emma Liberatore as Homecoming Queen and senior Dan Frindt as Homecoming King.

The Lions closed out a great week by rocking the house with the Homecoming Dance in McGarry Gym on Saturday night.

"We had 715 students at the dance on Saturday night—and not a single problem," commented Principal Mr. Joseph A. Waler. "At the end of the night, the sheriff's deputy on duty made a point to tell me what an outstanding night it was with our fine students."

"It truly was a great night that capped off one of NDCL's best Homecoming weeks ever," Mr. Waler said.

Special thanks to Student Activities Board advisers Ms. Susan Ancheta, Miss Ericka Bella, Mr. Ben Lozar, and Miss Halle McKeon for their creativity and hard work with our students to make Homecoming 2019 a truly world-class celebration of tradition, community, and school spirit.

ROYAL LIONS: Members of the 2019 Homecoming Court include freshman Dennis Gibbons (left); sophomore Marcus Rowan; junior Casey Curran; seniors Dominic Gonzalez, Tiger Thompson, King Dan Frindt, Queen Emma Liberatore, Kayla Pintar, and Ashley Colicchio; junior Emma Manning; sophomore Jenna Thompson, and freshman Torryn Slaughter.
 
BALLOON BUDDIES: Seniors Emma Traggiai, Alexis Pozzuto, and Carly Pray have some fun with the Flower Clown's balloon creations. SPIRITED SPIN: Juniors Casey Cornacchione and Julianna Garcia try their luck on the prize wheel during lunch.
DRESSING THE PART: Freshmen Torryn Slaughter and Nina DePasquale really get into Monday's "Dress Like a Tourist" theme. SMILING SIBS: Sophomore Guiliana Sesar and little brother Luka sport elaborate designs created by professional face-painters during Friday's campus carnival.
LOTS OF LITTLE LIONS: About 120 little brothers and sisters of our students gather in the O'Brien Center on Friday to practice signing the NDCL alma mater.  Little Sibs Day has become a popular tradition of our Homecoming celebration.
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