Middletown High School students are showing off their school spirit this week as they prepare for their homecoming football game against A.I. duPont on Friday, followed by the big dance on Saturday.

Middletown High School students are showing off their school spirit this week as they prepare for their homecoming football game against A.I. duPont on Friday, followed by the big dance on Saturday.

"The week before homecoming is exciting, with the all the students dressing up, preparing floats and getting ready for the game and the dance," senior DeJah Seth said. "It's just a lot of fun."

Following an inservice day on Monday, students kicked off Spirit Week on Tuesday by dressing up as lovable nerds. On Wednesday, the student body donned pink outfits to show their support for cancer patients and survivors, followed by Decades Day on Thursday in which they were encouraged to wear styles from years gone by.

On the day of the big game, Middletown High's 1,300 Cavaliers will show their unity by wearing blue and white.

Starting about 1:30 p.m. on Friday, students will pile into the gymnasium for a pep rally, before making last minute float preparations in advance of the homecoming parade, which will step off from Middletown Square Shopping Center about 4 p.m. and head down Broad Street to Cavaliers Stadium behind Everett Meredith Middle School.

In addition to floats built by volunteers from each grade, the parade will include the Middletown High Marching Band, the Cavaliers cheerleaders, JROTC members, representatives from various student clubs and the Best Buddies.

"We try to make Spirit Week a little extra fun and competitive by awarding spirit points to each class throughout the week for things like the numbers of student who dressed up, involvement in the pep rally, the judging of the parade floats," student government advisor and MHS guidance counselor Stacey Mile said. "Then at halftime of the football game, we announce who won."

Mile also will announce the 2013 homecoming king and queen during halftime of the game between the two-time defending state champion Cavaliers (6-0) and the A.I. Tigers (4-2).

This year's homecoming court of seniors includes queen candidates Amber Celen, Allie Davis, DeJah Seth, Christina Young and Maya Young. The king candidates include Mitchell Clemons, Ben Holly, Stanley Gaffrey, Jason Mulderrig and Darius Wade.

The 2013 homecoming court all includes freshmen Lauryn Butler, Madison Cox, Will Nylander and Shane Wilkins; sophomores Megan DelMoro, Lexi Kearns, Emily Soto, Isiah Mitchell and Kyle Tomlin; and juniors Caitlin Gibbons, Georgia Filasky, Arnold Gibbs and Max O'Neil.

For most students, however, the biggest part of homecoming week will be the dance from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Middletown High Commons.

"It's like a little taste of prom, except even the freshman and sophomores can dress up and attend without having to be invited by an upperclassman," explained Seth, this year's student homecoming director. "Because we're in high school there's a lot of work and everyone's serious, but this is a chance to take a breather and just have fun dancing with our friends."

The theme of this year's homecoming dance will be "the Roaring '20s," inspired by the recent film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby."

"We're going to have 300 balloons and a red carpet, but the best feature is going to be the 12-foot high entranceway that we're in the process of building right now," Seth said.