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LaGrange Park homecoming celebrates the circus

La Grange Park, 10/04/13--The 2013 Queen and King of Homecoming are seniors Grace DeWitt, Hinsdale, and Matthew Spiller, Western Springs. Nazareth Academy held its Homecoming Pep Rally Friday morning.   | Jon Langham/For Sun-Times Media
La Grange Park, 10/04/13--The Cheer Team performs for the student body. Nazareth Academy held its Homecoming Pep Rally Friday morning.   | Jon Langham/For Sun-Times Media
La Grange Park, 10/04/13--A camel scheduled to walk into the gym to promote Walk Day could not be persuaded to enter the gym as the door was not tall enough for his liking. Nazareth Academy held its Homecoming Pep Rally Friday morning.   | Jon Langham/For Sun-Times Media
La Grange Park, 10/04/13--The boys form a kick line to help the Cheer Team show some school spirit. Nazareth Academy held its Homecoming Pep Rally Friday morning.   | Jon Langham/For Sun-Times Media
La Grange Park, 10/04/13--Three student fans wait in the stands for the pep rally to begin. Nazareth Academy held its Homecoming Pep Rally Friday morning.   | Jon Langham/For Sun-Times Media
La Grange Park, 10/04/13--Ringleader for the day was social studies teacher Anthony Gonzalez. Nazareth Academy held its Homecoming Pep Rally Friday morning.   | Jon Langham/For Sun-Times Media

It wasn’t even hump day, but a camel showed up for the homecoming pep rally Oct. 4 at Nazareth Academy in LaGrange Park.

Underscoring the week’s Under the Big Top theme, the camel had plenty of competition in boosting school spirit with performances by the cheerleaders and the Poms Team and circus acts by daring faculty members.

A balloon man, fresh popcorn and hallway decorations carried out the circus theme.

Students also enjoyed a T-shirt launch at the rally and a video with teachers’ take on the Evolution of Dance.

Crowned as homecoming queen and king were seniors Grace DeWitt of Hinsdale and Matt Spiller of Western Springs.

Other members of the court are seniors Elizabeth Moore of Western Springs and Nick Caruso of Westchester, junior Maddie Lozanoski of Hinsdale and Kevin Kienzle of Chicago, sophomores Elaine Gralek of Oak Lawn and Sam McLachian of Berwyn and freshmen Jocelyn Mendoza of Stickney and Chad Gibson of Lyons.

Following the spirited pep rally, more than 800 students and teachers walked a 3.5-mile course along the streets of LaGrange Park to raise money through pledges for the high school.

In 2012, more than $180,000 was raised for the school’s second largest fundraiser. Totals for proceeds this year, marking the 39th annual walk, aren’t expected for several weeks.

Additional activities planned after the walk included music by the Art of Cool and Eddy Ashe bands and a softball game pitting seniors against the faculty on John Michalek Field.

Homecoming activities were scheduled to conclude with a Mass for all families Sunday, followed by a brunch hosted by the school’s Fathers Club.

Sister Pat Bergen, a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph and the Class of 1963, and Dianne Kirtley were honored at the Mass for their continued dedication to Nazareth.

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