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Herkymania grips WAPS elementary students

Winona High Herkymania

Winona High football players Jackson Nibbelink, second from right, and Shawn Mugo read to a Goodview Elementary school class — including the school mascot, Herky — on Tuesday morning as part of Herkymania.

On Tuesday morning, members of the Winona Senior High School football team visited Winona Area Public Schools elementary students as part of Herkymania, a Homecoming Week tradition started by coach John Cassellius in 2008. 


During Herkymania, Winona High football players — and the mascot, Herky — visit elementary students and stress the value of being a good student, teach them the Winona High Fight Song and spread school spirit. Then, the players split up and read a book to the individual classrooms. The players also answer any questions the students may have. 

The event has become a staple of Homecoming Week. Other festivities include the parade, which begins Friday at 5:30 p.m. at the high school, and the game, which kicks off at 7 p.m. at Paul Giel Field on Friday night.


Garit Wollan and Aaron Witt.