The students and staff at Sangamon Valley High School always go all out for Homecoming Week, and they always have a lot of fun. What better way of starting out Homecoming Week than with ‘Merica Monday? There was a lot of red, white, and blue. Everyone added a little touch of Patriotic flair into their apparel, and went all out for ‘Merica Monday.
The next dress up day was Country vs. Country Club. There were a lot of people with cowboy hats and boots, but there were also a lot who pulled off country club look. All showed their true colors.
The third day was Wacky Tacky Wednesday. There was a lot of wackiness going on this day with people wearing mixed matched patterns, shades, and colors. There were also a lot of people who dressed up as the other gender, which was wildly entertaining for all. From guys in dresses, to people that threw on random clothes, all were definitely a sight to see.
The fourth day was Character Day. A good majority of the school dressed up with their friends in groups. Everyone looked like they were having so much fun as they embodied someone completely different from themselves.
Then finally, the fifth day was Class Colors. The freshman sported their white, the sophomores decked out in grey, the juniors showed off their spirit in Columbia blue, and the seniors filled the gym with navy.
After cheering on the team at the volleyball game on Tuesday, everyone headed outside for the pep rally and bonfire. All of the fall athletes were announced, then all the cheerleaders and senior boys went onto the field and performed their dance. The dance is always hilarious, and leaves the students laughing long after the performance is over. After the dance is over, everyone went over to the fire and the fire department set it ablaze for everyone to hang around to talk, take pictures, and keep HOT on the warm fall night.
Homecoming games were on Friday. The games that we played consisted of Chinese get-up, tug-of-war, volleyball serving relay, and dribbling around the chairs. The games were a blast and the Seniors, who won most of them, took home the 1st place trophy. We interviewed a few people about Homecoming games. We asked Senior Riley Becker what she thought about her last Homecoming games and she said, “It was nice, it was a lot of fun but kind of sad knowing it was the last time that my whole class was getting together.”
Then we asked Freshman Andrew Blair the same question about his first Homecoming games and he replied with, “It was pretty fun and exciting.” When we asked them both about their favorite part of the games, Andrew replied, “My favorite part was when the whole school made a circle swinging and singing to Sweet Caroline.” Riley told us her favorite part was tug-of-war.
Homecoming games were a blast with a lot of close ties between all the classes, but of course, like always, “The Perfect Storm” Seniors won almost every game with the support of their class sponsors Mr. Scan and Mrs. C.
We also had a chance to chat with Paige Coss, Homecoming Queen. When asked how it felt to be crowned queen, Paige replied with, “I felt very excited to be queen and to take part in all of the fun that comes with it. I was also surprised and thankful that out of the 4 great candidates, I was chosen to be queen.” And to that, thank you Paige! You made a wonderful Queen for our Homecoming.
After Homecoming games end, everyone gets on top of their floats and firetrucks, to start the parade around Niantic. The band led the parade after a police car playing their cadence and “Thriller”. Then behind them, where fire trucks and floats with the fall athletes and anyone else who wanted to enter into the parade. Soon after the parade was a chilli dinner, and then the football game vs Arcola.
The football game started at 7:00 p.m. that night after the band played to open the night. The game had a lot of good plays, however, Arcola won 48 to 6. We did, however, put up a good fight. When Braden Campbell, Senior, was asked how he believed we did, he said, “We, as a team, did good. They were just better than we were.” Nice try, boys!
Finally, the week ended with the dance. Everyone looked their absolute best for their dates. When we asked Freshman Elizabeth Resmen about her first homecoming she replied with, “It was great! It was really interactive and fun.” Then when we asked Hope Musgrave, Junior, how her homecoming went she said, “Good!” We also asked Senior Cara Smith, and Sophomore Vanessa Templeton what was their favorite part of their homecoming night. Cara said, “All the songs that had the dances to them like the ‘Cupid Shuffle’”. Then Vanessa told us, “Being able to be with my friends”. Everyone looked to be having a blast.
We need to give a special thank you to all the staff and faculty that put their time and effort into Homecoming week. A HUGE thanks to Mr. Scan for his exemplary planning. It was an excellent week full of fun memories.
Katelyn is a junior at SVHS. She is also the Student Life Editor.