Homecoming week, this year based on the theme “Make Your Move,” took place during a rainy but eventful and hectic six days in which students and staff worked dynamically.
In addition to helping organize the Homecoming dance, students also decorated halls and floats, competed in contests during lunch periods, and got pumped for the upcoming pep rally and for the football game against rival Churchill High School.
Spirit Week, which started on Monday, Oct. 11, was concluded by the football game on the night of Oct. 15 and the dance on Oct. 16.
Last year, the theme of Homecoming was “A Journey through Time,” which represented different decades and eras such as the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s.
This year’s “Make Your Move” theme revolved around the idea of board games. The theme was chosen during an SGA meeting held over the summer.
“The majority of [the SGA members] just really liked the idea of board games,” junior SGA member Jennifer Morgan said.
Because there was no school Friday, students only had four days of Spirit Week to showcase their school pride.
The Spirit Week themes were Make Your Move Monday, Team Tuesday, Wacky (What Not to Wear) Wednesday, and School Spirit Day Thursday.
On Monday, students dressed in the costumes representing their favorite board games; on Wednesday, in crazy mismatching apparel; on Spirit Day Friday, in the appropriate colors for each class.
“I definitely participated in Spirit Week,” sophomore Dori Eslaminejad said. “My favorite day was Team Jersey Day because I loved seeing what everyone else’s favorite teams were, and I loved wearing my Wootton basketball jersey.”
Each of the classes was assigned a board game theme to decorate their halls with. The freshman hall decorations were based on Life, the sophomores, Operation, the juniors, Monopoly, and the seniors, Candy Land.
“I think the freshmen did a good job of not knowing how homecoming hall decorations really go but doing it anyway,” SGA member junior Madda Mietus said.
The float themes were Hungry Hungry Hippos, Battleship, Clue and Mouse Trap for freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors, respectively. The juniors won the hall contest, while the seniors won the float competition. To end Spirit Week, the announcement of the Homecoming Court nominees was broadcast via television on Oct. 14. The pep rally that was scheduled for the last day of spirit Week, the announcement of the Homecoming Court nominees and underclassman winners was broadcasted via television on Oct. 14. The pep rally that was scheduled for the last day of spirit week was canceled because of the rainy weather.
The Homecoming Princesses and Princes were freshmen Emily Siegel and Jibri Woods, sophomores Amanda Steinberg and Elliott Burklow, and juniors Alex O’Daniel and Sadiq Olanrewaju. Seniors April Kwan and Josh Kim were crowned Homecoming King and Queen.
The Homecoming football game against Churchill took place on Oct. 15. The Patriots won a spectacular 48-42 victory in four overtimes, setting the mood for an exciting dance the following night.
The Booster Club assisted the SGA in organizing the Homecoming dance. Parents who are experienced in decoration and design volunteered to adorn the Commons and the gym with dim twinkling lights, multi-colored lanterns, Twister banners, game boards, balloons and cardboard cut-out Candy Land settings.
This year’s Homecoming yielded mostly positive results and feedback.
“[Homecoming] was good and it was a lot better than last year,” sophomore Bobby Martin said. Many other students are just as pleased with the overall turnout of this year’s planning.
“Homecoming was really fun. I loved getting dressed up and hanging out with my friends,” senior Amanda Lyberger said. Mietus, like Lyberger, also found the dance very enjoyable.
“I think this year’s Homecoming was probably one of the best we’ve had,” Mietus said. “Not everyone came, but the people who came had a good time and all the teachers were talking about how much fun their students had.”
Sophomore Guillaume Pierre-Louis also expressed his satisfaction with the decor. “It seems like they put in more effort with the decorations this year, which was nice,” Pierre-Louis said.
“I think the parents really went above and beyond with the decorations,” guidance counselor Jennifer Taylor said. “It was amazing how they recreated the gym and Commons.”
Parent Barry Parzow contributed to this year’s Homecoming through the lighting. Little lights were draped on the side bleachers in place of the usual overhead gym lights to create a darker and more exciting ambiance. Students also liked the Ultra Sound DJs, who mixed the songs the night of the dance this year.
“The DJ was pretty awesome because he played whatever song you requested if he hadn’t already played it before,” junior Tim Cheng said.
Not all students share the same feelings of enthusiasm towards the Homecoming dance, however. As usual, some students still chose not to attend the dance despite the $5 decrease in ticket prices this year.
“I didn’t go because none of my friends were really going and I never really had any fun in the previous years,” senior Stephanie Gouskos said.
Despite the inevitable fact that there will always be a number of people who boycott the Homecoming dance, the majority of students who did attend were satisfied.
“It seemed to me like everyone [had] a good time, dancing around and hanging out in the Commons. It was really a nice atmosphere,” Principal Dr. Michael Doran said.