Spirit Week and Homecoming is all about showcasing Ironmen Pride. Steel Valley students did just that during the fall sports pep rally and during the homecoming game on October 13.
Activities and athletics director Mr. Shawn McCallister asked the students to applaud each middle school and fall sports program for their hard work and dedication to their activity. The cheerleaders led the students in a bunch of chants and the Steel Valley Marching Band was on hand to provide the music.
The homecoming court and their escorts were all introduced, with each duo coming up with a creative entrance.
Of course, it wouldn't be a Steel Valley pep rally without a few activities, including a couple of epic tug-of-war battles. The senior powder puff team tried to get a measure of revenge against the juniors for their loss in the game Wednesday night, while some ambitious teachers and administrators tried to show off their muscles against the football team.
Later Friday night, Steel Valley crowned its new homecoming queen, Isabella Gardini.
Reigning queen Leah Estes-Harris returned to crown her successor.
This year’s homecoming court included Gardini, along with escort Gannon Haddad; fourth runner-up Shelby Novak, escorted by Ryder Varhola; third runner-up Ava Caiarelli, escorted by Tyler Pielin; second runner-up Isabella Ruston, escorted by Duane Carter, Jr.; first runner-up Jaelyn Burwell, escorted by Quaron Pierce; Madison Gillespie, escorted by Brandon Escobar; Alaina Hartnett, escorted by Michael Guzzi; Alexis Menefee, escorted by Antonio Bray; Tiera Menefee, escorted by Mason Lafay; and Michayla Rager, escorted by Haneef Capers.