Homecoming Brings Fun, Unity

Crazy dress-up days. Old friends reunited. An exciting football game. Pep rally games. Those things and more made up Homecoming 2018, a week full of fun and excitement.

This year’s student council wanted to make Homecoming feel more special than normal, so they recruited a decorating committee to prepare the high school hallways for the week; perhaps the most popular place to take pictures throughout the week was the “photo booth” decorated with streamers, twinkle lights, and balloons.

The annual Homecoming pep rally was held on the first day of the week; this change helped build excitement for the week. Highlights of the pep rally included a game of musical chairs with the band providing the music, a sign decorating competition, NC Jeopardy, and human Hungry Hungry Hippos.

The dress-up days for the week garnered much participation from the student body and staff. On Staff/Student Swap Day, at least three Mr. Hekrdles, a Mrs. Flynn, and a Mrs. Musgrave could be seen on campus, and the teachers embraced the opportunity to dress in comfortable clothes. Creativity abounded on Squad Up Day, which consisted of students grabbing a few friends and dressing in a way that unified them. The winning squad designed roller coaster cars out of cardboard. “It took us about four hours total,” said senior Arwen Zhang, one of the five squad members. Class Color Craze Day saw each class dressed in an assigned color. And on White & Blue Day, everyone dressed in school colors in honor of Homecoming.

The Homecoming weekend events featured a cookout prior to the football game, a football victory, class reunions, and the annual Renewed Strength 5K. Several classes reunited for campus tours, food, and fellowship, including members of the classes of 1968, 1973, and 1978. And on Saturday morning, 17 intrepid souls braved the cool, misty weather to run in the 5K and 1-mile fun run.

Student Council President Jon Dockweiler felt the week was a success. “Homecoming week really showed off the school spirit and creativity we have in the student body this year,” he said. “I enjoyed seeing students having fun and laughing together.”

Check out some Pep Rally highlights below:


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