Is homecoming just a big cliche?
Homecoming is something certain colleges and high schools celebrate every year. For some schools, homecoming is a big deal, but for others it isn’t.
At Pierce High, homecoming week is probably the most anticipated week of the entire school year. Homecoming week at PHS almost lives up to the dramatic and very cliché homecomings someone were to see in a movie.
For some Pierce students, homecoming starts almost a month before that week. Girls’ Letter Club starts it off by having an all-member meeting and selecting a theme for the dance. When a theme is decided on, girls in the club volunteer to be a part of the homecoming committee to help with the dance. The club then picks dress up days that go hand in hand with the theme so students and staff can get into the homecoming spirit. This years dance was 1980s-themed and some of the dress up days were 1980s workout day, movie day and sports uniform day.
What’s homecoming without decorations, right? About two or three weeks before the dance, the homecoming committee meets several times to get decorations lined up. After all the decorations are picked out, the committee then picks out a day to go decorate the auditorium where the dance is held.
When homecoming week finally arrives, kids get into the homecoming spirit. A great number of students dress up to match the days all throughout the week. But when Friday comes, that’s when everything gets crazy. The day is normal up until when the clock strikes 1 p.m.
School gets out and then there is a huge parade through town. All fall sports and clubs ride in floats or simply in the back of a pickup downtown. The band marches and there are even clowns. The first stop in the parade is the elementary school. Coaches and sponsors bring up their leaders or seniors for a given activity and introduce them. After all the introductions are done, the elementary school kids get autographs signed by the high school kids. For the rest of the parade, the clubs continue to march downtown and then back to the high school.
Once the parade gets over, the students return back to the high school for a homecoming candidate based pep rally. The pep rally consists of fun games and trivia for the candidates. The pep rally started off the the queen and king candidates pairing up for a trivia, which the queens one. Next there was an obstacle course, where the kings narrowly beat the girls. And the final tie-breaker was a cheer the candidates made up to perform to the school. Unfortunately, for the queens, the kings prevailed.
After the pep rally, life at Pierce goes back to normal for a little while. The football game starts at seven with coronation starting directly after. After the Bluejays took a win over Columbus Scotus, everyone hurried in the gym to watch coronation. For coronation, all the lights in the gym are shut off with only spotlights on the candidates. As a pair of candidates walk from one gym to the other, a student reads about each of their accomplishments throughout their high school career. After all four pairs of candidates reach the other end of the gym, they stand on risers and wait to hear who won. This year’s king was Jakob Meier and queen was Abbey Sedlacek.
Although coronation is on Friday, the actual dance is not until the next night. Most students in grades 9-12 attend the dance and have a good time. Since the auditorium has no air conditioning, everyone is dripping sweat by the end. Even though virtually everyone is hot, sweaty, tired, and sore at the end, the dance, along with the entire week, is always a huge success.