Homecoming traditions met with mixed excitement

Homecoming King Daniel Labarbera and date Tahira Talout pose together after his crowning.


Students gathered in the gym for four hours of celebration, lighting glow sticks to illuminate the darkened dance floor.


Juniors Andrew Texin and Kimmy Tosa share a dance.

Homecoming ran a little early this year, with the newspaper- related theme of “Making Headlines.”

For some people, homecoming—and the spirit days leading up to the dance—is a major highlight of the school year, but this does not hold true for some.  Some upperclassmen seem not to care anymore about Homecoming since they have already attended in previous years at school.

“I am not all that excited. I’m a junior and I already went my freshmen and sophomore year,” junior Dana Damenova said.

The reasoning behind skipping these school-wide events can also range from nervousness to disdain.

“I don’t think it’s a problem if people don’t want to participate in homecoming,” senior Kanika Sahai said. “If you don’t like the spirit days, you shouldn’t have to dress up.”

Although a few upperclassmen have not participated, some of the school still maintains its spirit during Homecoming week.

“I think Homecoming always has a good amount of participation no matter what the theme is,” health and physical education teacher Laura Campbell said.

The point of spirit week is to get students geared up and excited for homecoming. The week culminated with an afternoon pep rally before the football game.

While many students came to school dressed in previously chosen colors to support their class on Friday, other days didn’t garner as much support.  According to senior Brittany Huffman, “the theme this year is okay, not really good or bad, [but] just similar to previous spirit days.”

While homecoming is meant to welcome students back to school after a long summer vacation, participation is not required of everyone.

“In past years, I haven’t dressed up on every day, just because I didn’t like some of the spirit days,” Sahai said in regards to opting out of some days, but not others.

While it would appear that the majority of students are game for the fun and feeling of inclusion that the week brings, there are those that prefer to make their own plans rather than attend the dance.

“I wouldn’t go to the dance because school dances aren’t really my thing, so I understand why some people didn’t go,” junior Phil Quinn said.

Homecoming will always be a part of high school tradition, but it isn’t for everyone.