The Hype for Homecoming


By Grace Hockstad, Maddie Sheplak and Nina Pham

The Anticipation


Homecoming is on Nov. 1, and both upper and lower classmen alike agree that freshmen seem to be the most excited.

“I’d say freshmen are most excited, ‘cause seniors…they’ve already done it like, four times,” freshman Jordan Mayfield said.

Senior Davis Morgan also theorized that the freshmen are excited because homecoming is a new experience. Davis mentioned that after he went the first time, homecoming was “not as exciting for him anymore.”

Freshman Kate Gurley said that upperclassmen don’t want to go because it is expensive. Students do not feel like paying so much for one event.

The awkwardness of homecoming is also a factor.

“Usually junior year and on, [and] sometimes sophomore [year], you don’t really go to the dances anymore because it’s just majority freshmen, and it’s just awkward,” junior Erica Schoeman said.

Since the freshmen have never been, many older students or teachers have given them advice for their first high school dance.

“Pick someone you’re comfortable with, and go with a good group of friends ‘cause it can be awkward,” Morgan said. “Make sure you actually plan for it in advance.”

Schoeman told freshmen to talk to their date, and “make conversation.”

“Don’t be awkward,” Schoeman said.

Principal Stubblefield also advised students to make the most of homecoming night.

“Homecoming can be what you make it,” Stubblefield said. “It can be fun…Make up your mind that you’re gonna go out, have fun and be safe.”

The Preparation

In preparation for the dance, students have been asking their dates to homecoming in a variety of ways. From soccer balls to cookie cake, boys have shown their creativity.

Freshman Mac Knudsen asked freshman Alex Peterson to the dance on Sept. 14, 2014. On a chalkboard, he wrote, “Homecoming, Alex?? Erase the slate to find your date…”

“It feels good to know that you already have a date and stuff, and it feels good not to stress about it in school,” Peterson said. “I can already start looking for dresses and not have the fear that I’m not gonna get asked.”

Along with Knudsen and Peterson, freshman Jack Jenkins asked freshman Rachel Grice on Sept. 22, 2014.

Jenkins’s poster was a little more personal. Grice and Jenkins have band together, so he had music notes all over the poster.

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Creativity is important to girls because of social media.

“You wanna display the way you get asked,” Grice said. “You wanna be able to post it on Instagram or Twitter or something, but you don’t want people to be like, ‘Oh that’s a boring way.’”

There are even several Twitter accounts that tweet pictures of popular proposals.

Sports can also play a big role in the way guys ask girls to homecoming.

Depending on what sport the girl plays, the boy often incorporates a little of that sport into their asking. Freshman Tripp Shertenlieb asked freshman Maryn Petty with a soccer ball since they both play soccer. Freshman Dylan Freberg asked freshman Jordyn Dubinsky with a volleyball.

When they ask, the guy almost always gives the girl something such as balloons, stuffed animals and food. Freshman Anna Samuelson even received a fish from her date, freshman Justin Watkins.

“I thought it was really creative,” Samuelson said.

Junior Sandon Scott asked his girlfriend who is from a different school, junior Donya Jahandar.

“I gave her donuts, and her nickname is ‘Donut’, so I just said ‘Hey Donut, I donut think you shouldn’t go to homecoming with me,’” Scott said.

The Festivities

Along with the dance, there are several other activities and events during homecoming week.

First up is spirit week. Spirit week begins on the school week of Oct. 27. The schedule is as follows-

Monday, Oct. 27- Pajama Day
Tuesday, Oct. 28- Sports Day
Wednesday Oct. 29- Twin Day
Thursday, Oct. 30- Character Day
Friday, Oct. 31- Class Color Day

The bonfire will take place a day before the homecoming game, on Oct. 30 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. It will include fireworks, a car show, and other fun activities.

“I heard it’s fun,” Schoeman said. “Our school doesn’t do it as exciting; it’s a big thing at other schools.”

Morgan said it was fun last year. He said there were “fireworks and things to do.”

The Homecoming Olympics assembly, as well as the football game, will take place on Oct. 31. The Olympic events include the shoe relay, tug of war, and ten-legged race. Erin Nathan, one of the coordinators for homecoming week, said that if there is enough time, they might do a “crazy dance cheer.”

The football game will takes place at 7 p.m. on Oct. 31, also known as Halloween.

Freshman Michael Graham thought that there will not be as many fans at the game because of the popular holiday, but senior Isaiah Bowie disagreed.

“The game being on Halloween is definitely gonna keep people hyped,” Bowie said.