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"Justen Pierce shows off every aspect of his pajamas as five South Whidbey High School juniors sport their best bedtime wear for homecoming week judges Monday. The juniors won the dress-up contest.Matt Johnson / staff photoTo say that South Whidbey High School's homecoming week is just about a football game and a formal dance would be to overlook much of what the students really look forward to: Weird clothes, parade floats and general tomfoolery.The students woke up to homecoming week Monday morning -- literally. The first of five dress-up days this week, Monday's program called for students to wear their finest, and most modest, pajamas to school. All day long, students walked the halls and sat in class wearing flannel and terrycloth, sporting huge, fuzzy slippers, and carrying everything from teddy bears to stuffed Pokemon characters. At lunchtime, school administrators and homecoming organizers judged the students' bedwear. A group of five juniors took the top prize, beating out all the other classes with their ensembles. Justen Pierce had perhaps the wildest sleeping attire. On his feet he wore slippers with monkey faces and arms. On his head he wore a stocking cap. And covering him from his ankles to his neck, a set of red long johns, with a smiley face on the backside -- a smiley face he gladly showed off.But he could not take credit for his fashion sense. That went to two of the women in his life.I got them from my mom, Pierce said of his footwear. I got the pajamas for my birthday from Gina Felton.The high school students will dress up daily and compete at volleyball, powderpuff football, and on homemade parade floats to try to win the coveted Spirit Trophy. On Wednesday, the students will dress like their favorite superheroes. On Friday, they will wear anything they can find in shades of blue and white. All members of the South Whidbey community are invited to attend both Wednesday's 6 p.m. powderpuff football game and Friday's 7:30 p.m. gridiron matchup between South Whidbey and Nooksack Valley. Both contests will be held at Waterman Field. During halftime Friday, football fans will get some extra entertainment when each class unveils its homecoming floats, and when the homecoming king and queen are chosen.Candidates for queen are Andrea McGillen, Sarah DeGraff, Megan Bartlett, Hayley Gabelein, Kaitlin King, Erin Hussey, Sam Watson, and Jaimie Dunsmore.King candidates are Abe Baker, Jimmy Berto, Hart Boyd, Nick Helland, Chris Hezel, Bruce Hymas, Paul Benz, and Corey Edwards. "

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