Every year homecoming gets bigger and better and this year was jam packed with a lot of action. For most students, HOCO is about coming up with the most school spirit they can throughout the week. With Columbus Day falling on Monday, we only had 4 dress up days as opposed to the usual 5 that we normally had, so the week flew by quickly to say the least.
Everyone looks forward to Homecoming as we look back and welcome alumni from years past and usher in a new era of Seniors dressing up for their final dress up days, their final bonfire, their final home football game and their final HOCO dance.
Read more about the individual days and events that occurred during the week by clicking the "Read More" link below. We have worked hard to put together a full and comprehensive publication to cover the week. Enjoy.
Hoco Dress Up Days
Dress Up Day 1: Mathlete vs. Athlete
Homecoming week includes some interesting dress up days. This year's first dress up day was Mathlete vs. Athlete, and there were definitely more Mathletes than Athletes. One of the reason why there were way more Mathletes is because many students were not counted as Athletes because many of our students wear athletic clothing every day.
Interesting observation? OR, Freshmen conspiracy orchestrated by the Junior class and Student Council to ensure that the Freshmen never win?
Conspiracy theories aside, students were really creative in supporting their team. The Mathletes, dressed in casual suspenders and black horn rimmed glasses, and the Athletes, team/sporting apparel and full court gear all had fun dressing up to start the HOCO week of activities. Students thought it was fun to dress up and do something different than the norm, and since HOCO occurred so late in the quarter, it was a nice break to ease out of 1st quarter and into 2nd quarter.
If it were up to us, we vote to keep this dress up day for years to come (but maybe let's clarify what an Athlete should wear to count as an athlete).
Story by Abel Noguez
Dress Up Day 2: Wacky Tacky
Day two of homecoming week was wacky tacky day and it was as wacky as it was tacky. There were many students throughout the day that dressed up, but there were some that did not dress up. As a whole wacky tacky day is a confusing day that is ill-defined. On the one hand, it has historically been called "gender bender," but we no longer endorse the day as gender bender and instead instruct students to dress up whacky and tacky. With most classes, participation for this day was well under 1/2 of the students in the class participating for the day. Of all of the day for HOCO, this day was the least participated day.
We reached out to the Senior Student Council Members for some comments about the day and here's what they had to say. When asked how they decided upon the day, Julie Abel said that "we have always used this day as it was part of our traditional days from years past, but this year, the seniors were split on whether or not to have this day or do something different."
Other students were asked about their thoughts about the day, and Kayla Binkley, a Freshmen, thought "it was really fun. (she) liked seeing everyone's ideas of whacky tacky and it gave her more ideas for the next years."
All in all, students enjoyed participating in the day, but with the day being the least participated day, it makes us wonder what will happen next year? Do we continue the "tradition" or do we change with the times and find something more engaging that more students will participate in? Nobody knows. Time will tell on that one.
Story by Skyler Shugart
Dress Up Day 3: Dynamic Duo / Character Day
Character day has probably been the most interesting theme for Homecoming week yet. Students had some creative group costumes this year as The Valley was graced with the presence of The Village People, Religious Clergy, and the larges of the groups, The Koopa Troop raced down the halls for Dynamic Duo/Character Day.
The Village People consisted of Garret Brickey, a Native American, Hunter Dale, a construction worker, Kyle Parish, a soldier, Luke Stacey, a biker, Jacobe Clem, a cop, and Maddie Livingston, a cowgirl. The Religious Clergy Consisted of Angel Fuentez, Jesse Hamilton, and Russ Mendenhall with their costumes consisting of a nun, Jesus, and a priest. The Koopa Troop consisted of 9 people that dressed up as various characters from Mario, which was very creative.
We had a chance to catch up with Garret from The Village People to see what he thought about the day and the themes this year. He commented saying that “I only really cared for the last two days, wacky tacky day and character day.” He also said how long they had planned to do this, “My buddies and I had this planned for like a month before. It was hard to not spill the beans and keep it under wraps.”
Character day has shown the immense cooperation some groups go through to find a theme, find a costume, make sure they match, and trust each other to follow through with the whole thing. This year saw a much larger turnout of larger group costumes, but there were still a few pairs in there as we had a pair of SIMS, Coach Lee and Coach Viele impersonators, and even a visit from Mr. Incredible himself.
Story by Caleb Incarnato
Pack the Place Volleyball Game
This year's home volleyball game put the Storm vs. the Okaw Valley Timberwolves. The JV started out strong, but they let the second game get away from them with a 25-14 defeat to end the series and pave way for the Varsity team.
For Pack the Place night, students and staff packed the house to show support for our girls. As the Varsity members took the court, they threw little volleyballs out to the crowd to pump them up. They played the first match and ended up with a loss, and played an electric second match. At one point, we were up by 8 and the momentum shifted the wrong direction as the Timberwolves battled their way to a 22-25 win to seal the deal for us.
It was a tough loss to watch, but it was a theme that has plagued our season. We would get some momentum and them make some mistakes. Mistakes happen, but when your team cannot shake off the mistakes and get back in the game, momentum quickly changes to the opposing team.
The girls worked hard and gave it their all, but in the end, we were defeated in a tough game. We caught up with Grace Honeyman, Senior player, to discuss the loss. She said "this was a tough one because at one point it seemed like we had the game in the bag, and then we just made a few silly mistakes that we couldn't shake. These girls give it their all, and we lay it all out on the court. Sometimes we win; sometimes we come up short." When asked what advice she would give to the JV team, she replied "Work hard and show up to everything. Winning is an attitude and it's a team effort."
Grace, like many of our volleyball girls, is currently preparing for basketball season with volleyball season coming to a close. Most of the same players also play basketball, so stay tuned for TCSV Tornado Basketball coming up just around the corner.
Story by Maddison Bournias
Bonfire and Coronation
After the volleyball game, everyone moved outside to watch the coronation and the answer everyone had been waiting to hear, who won King and Queen?
The coronation started out with our attendants walking out in their pairs. Tri-City goes first and then Sangamon Valley walks down the line. This year's Freshmen attendants were Parker Milligan & Vanessa Templeton. The Sophomore attendants were Braden Wickline & Autumn Gordon. The Junior attendants were Nick Finley & Paige Coss and the Senior attendants were as follows: Tanner Owens & Victoria Binkley, Josie McElroy & Josh Ford, Makayla Moran & Isaac Fleck, Jace Pocklington & Skyler Shugart. After announcing last year's Queen, we finally found out that this year's Homecoming King and Queen was Tanner Owens and Josie McElroy.
We sat down with Homecoming queen Josie McElroy and found out what other activities she is involved with in the school. Josie is an active member of the Band and Valley Voices. She was excited to win Homecoming Queen as "it was so cool! It was very sweet because I don't usually go for something like this.”
Like most Seniors, Josie's joy and celebration is taken back quickly with the thought of it being their senior year. At least the last year was the best year! After a short dance performance with the Cheerleaders and Football Boys, the students then went out to the bonfire to watch it burn.
Story by Maddison Bournias
Scholastic Bowl Updates
Scholastic Bowl hosted round 2 of CISL (Central Illinois Scholastic Bowl League) play when they hosted MacArthur and Taylorville for a triad. The varsity team took home two wins and the JV split the night with a win against MacArthur and a loss against Taylorville. Alex Mann led the night in individual tossups. After round 2 of play, Sangamon Valley is tied for 2nd place with other schools. The schools that participate in CISL are St. Teresa, Maroa-Forsyth, Taylorville, MacArthur, Eisenhower, Mt. Zion, Springfield South East, and Argenta-Oreana. Currently, the Scholastic Bowl team is 3-1 going into round 3 as they prepare to play Springfield South East (4-0) and Maroa-Forsyth (3-1).
Story by Mr. Patrick
The good ol’ Homecoming games were full of competitive, fun-filled activities with a variety of people playing each game. This year's big winners were the Junior Class of 2020. They brought their "A" game this year taking first place for the 2nd time in their career as students at our school.
The day is a great way to kick off the Homecoming festivities for the day as students go to their first hour for attendance, rally the troops, and march to the gym to battle it out with some fun competitions.
As students battle it out on the court, DJ JP (Mr. Patrick) blazes the air waves and pumps up the crowd. Mrs. Acree, Math Department, said that the music "provided the students some entertainment throughout the games and seemed to go over well with them.” Caleb Rutherford, Junior, said "that there was a great selection of music.” When students play in the HOCO games, it seems to boost their school spirit and set the tone for the HOCO FB game and Parade to follow.
Jessica Born was asked if she thought that the games boosted school spirit. She replied saying “Absolutely, the more games you play the more you show how much school spirit you have.” she also said that “The students wear their school shirts, and they play in games; and they pump everyone up.” This year was one of the first years that we had what looked like everyone dressed up in school colors and we did not have to take down any inappropriate signs.
For many students, the HOCO games are the best times of the year, but for staff, especially those who graduated from SV and are now teaching, HOCO games bring a rich tradition that all students look forward to.
Mrs. Acree said it is the “best time of the year! As someone who used to participate in them, I know I looked forward to it and now I do as a teacher as well. I think it really brings the classes together to work towards the common goal of winning the games. We often times find ourselves veering away from our classes to hang out with peers from the same sports groups, classes, or clubs, and this is a great way to bring them back together to hang out and interact with each other for one day a year at least.”
All in all, it was a great year for another great round of games. Although the Juniors won this year, we look forward to next year's competitions to see if the Juniors can win their final year under the gym lights.
Story by Logan Brisch
With the impending forecast of rain and colder temperatures, the parade was a canceled and not rescheduled. For some students, this was an awesome call as they didn't want to get sick and stand out in the cold rain during the parade. For others, mostly seniors, they were a little bummed out that their last homecoming parade was canceled.
Better luck next year!
Senior Night - Varsity Football
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At the end of the week, the big dance is what most students look forward to. For girls, the HOCO dance is an all-day extravaganza. Between hair appointments, nail appointments, getting dressed and somehow eating before the dance starts, getting ready to the dance is almost as cumbersome as actually going to the dance.
When I walked into the dance, I thought it would be boring and something that I wouldn't want to be at. As I walked into the gym, that feeling quickly disappeared. The music was good, people were dancing, and everything was fun. Students had a lot of fun and the night went off without any major problems.
I didn't get a lot of pictures from the night, mostly because I was dancing or people kept covering their faces, but we had some great couples and groups come out to dance the night away. Mr. Scanavino also did a good job making sure that there was plenty of snacks and water for everyone and Chad Mitchell Photography had a great setup for pictures for the evening.
Story by Destiney Lynch