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Homecoming brings out fun _ after a fashion

At Central High School this week, 11th-grader Joe Ceglia showed up with a Colt .45. "It's really a BB gun," he reassured his friends.

Ninth-grader John Dipalo was walking around the campus Wednesday with four-colored hair: white, orange, pink and green. "Pretty cool," he told admiring onlookers.

Abigail John, another ninth-grader, was dressed in green scrubs as she whisked through the corridors. "I'm dressed as a neonatal surgeon," she explained matter-of-factly.

And Jean Davis, yet another ninth-grader, was trying to look like a hippie.

What's a hippie?

"A peaceful person," she said, clutching a silk flower in her tie-dye fingernails. Makeshift patches were attached with safety pins, and a chrome peace sign dangled from her neck.

Welcome to Homecoming Week.

It will be worse today, some say, when students are supposed to come to school dressed as their favorite movie character.

But not as bad as Tuesday, when students were encouraged to dress up as their favorite comic character. The English Department showed up dressed as members of the MASH unit.

The week's real fun begins today.

At 7 p.m., the annual Roar will take place in the school's gymnasium, where seniors will indulge themselves in a series of skits _ funny ones, they hope. Cost of admission: $1 for participants, $2 for everyone else.

The money goes to the student government.

Activites continue Friday.

At 11 a.m., the Homecoming court goes celebrating at Weeki Wachee.

At 1 p.m. the Homecoming parade begins at the school.

At 7 p.m., the football team will play against Orlando Bishop Moore at Springstead Field.

At 9 p.m., a Homecoming dance is scheduled in the cafeteria.

Outside the school office on Wednesday, 11th-graders Tracy McKeen and Rosemarie Maiorini were painting pictures on the window and trying to keep a straight face.

Rosemarie normally looks like the junior class vice president she is. But Wednesday, in honor of Homecoming, she was dressed like Humpty-Dumpty.

"We've been having trouble getting people involved," she laughed, staring at her costume.