There are only several times a year wearing costumes and acting crazy is acceptable on school grounds, and homecoming is one of them. Nothing says school spirit like dressing in flannels for America day and dancing along to popular songs for the homecoming rally. Not to mention the excitement of going to the homecoming football game and screaming “SLV! SLV! SLV!” with the rest of the school. For some students the best part of homecoming is the nomination of the homecoming court. One thing is for sure, this homecoming was a success.
The first homecoming event was announcement of the homecoming court on the senior lawn. There is always a buzz surrounding this process. Who will it be? What will they wear? Who is their underclassman crush? and the big question: who will be nominated king and queen? Fortunately, I have the answer to all of these questions. The masters of the ceremony, Miles Viele and Haley Kammeier, have the honor of announcing the court and entertaining the school with questions for the court. Both Miles and Haley were right for the part and made great MC’s. The students elected to the court are Adela Weigel, Emily Holmes, Carrie Ghaffari, London Murray, Sophie Widman, Sam van Pykeren, Max La Capria, Jordan Peabody, Alex Kanter, and Kjell Johnson.
The homecoming rally on Friday October 18, was also a highly anticipated event. Every year students participate in a lip sync, with seniors having exclusive rights to first place and the lights out privilege. This year was especially promising because of all the great songs recently released (we can all agree that Sam Van Pykeren dressing up as Miley was the best part of the lip sync) and the large number of participants, especially the senior class. The other exciting aspect of the rally was the introduction of the homecoming court. Each member of the court was introduced, including the MC’s and their secrets were uncovered (who knew Adela’s secret crush was Beau Trugman?), then the girls’ dresses were critiqued (our court had great taste this year, special shoutout to Sophie Widman and her pink princess dress).
Spirit week is a fun way to express yourself through themed costumes and taking lots of pictures (you will want to remember that awesome costume). Seeing the costumes that people have put together is always exciting and dressing up with friends gives people something to look forward to. This year the themes were super fan day, safari day, dress like a teacher day, America day, and red and black day. Teacher day was a success with Mr. Hearn dressing up as Boom and an entire AP Spanish class dressing up as Ms. Cavaille (a lot of purple was worn).
Homecoming week culminates with a football game and dance. The football game was on Saturday at SLV against the Santa Cruz Cardinals. Attending the homecoming game is a great way to show school support and have a good time. The king, queen, prince, and princess are also coronated at the game in a creative ceremony fit for a royal court.
The homecoming king and queen this year was Max La Capria and Adela Weigel and the prince and princess were Sam Van Pykeren and Emily Holmes, all of these individuals were our school royalty. Unfortunately, our football team lost to Santa Cruz, but a great effort was made by all of the players, and the game was still fun to watch. This year, like every year, the dance was held in the gym the night of the homecoming game. Homecoming is one of the more popular dances and everyone seems to have a good time. The court does a special dance and then the rest of the school joins them on the dance floor. The dance reflects the overall enthusiasm the students of SLV have for spirit week (especially a certain student who showed up in a banana suit).
Homecoming is a wonderful event because students look forward to all of the activities. We asked some students what they most looked forward to during homecoming week. ASB president Claire MacMillian says, “I would say I’m most excited for the decorations in the gym during the rally. The theme this year is good, so we should have really cool decorations.” Senior class president Sam VanPykeren agrees. “I like that the theme kind of goes with the senior theme of Greek Gods and Goddesses. Its definitely something new and original. I think the decorations will be awesome.”
Final thoughts about homecoming were summed up by senior Claire O’Farrell. “I really think homecoming brings the school together- it’s fun to dress up with people in your class and watch the rally together. I love how everyone in the school is really enthusiastic about homecoming.”
-Celia Hare and Katrina Luque