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Sheyenne 'Stampede Week' begins Sept. 23

High schools usually celebrate homecoming week in the fall, where a king and queen are named from the senior class and alumni come home to watch the football game on Friday night.

Sheyenne High School doesn't have a senior class, alumni or a varsity sports program yet, but the Mustang Booster Club is still giving students a way to celebrate with Stampede Week, which will begin on Monday, Sept 23.

"The club decided that a team of people would work with school officials to plan events for the kids," said Renee Ringdahl, executive board member of the Mustang Booster Club. "A group of us met with about a dozen students last spring, and they told us what was important to them and what they would like for traditions. They really were the guiding force of what we decided to do. We really wanted to start traditions that the kids found important, and would represent the students as the Sheyenne Mustangs, their own identity."

Stampede Week, which is sponsored by Booster Club, will provide a week's worth of activities and prizes -- some provided by area businesses -- for students, but Friday's events -- including a bonfire and chili feed -- are open to the community. The deadline to purchase tickets for the chili feed is Friday, and they can be purchased at Sheyenne High School for $5.

The festivities will actually begin on Saturday, Sept. 21, as the school's band and a school float will be in the West Fest parade.

Club members hope that the practices and traditions put in place this fall will continue through the years once the school has seniors and alumni.

"This will eventually evolve into a regular homecoming week, ending with a football game on Friday nights, but maybe they will still call it Stampede Week," club member Shawn Roehrich said. "It is a really good way to promote school spirit and get kids involved."

More than anything else, the Mustang Boosters -- many of whom have had children in both West Fargo high schools -- want to provide Sheyenne students with a sense of school pride.

"We really want kids to participate and enjoy it," Ringdahl said. "There are no varsity sports yet, but they still have something to be a part of in this school."