Homecoming 2011

CONOR BUCKLEY ’12 | Executive Web Editor

Homecoming on Friday, Oct.  14 was a wild day for students.

The Pep Assembly began at approximately 2 p.m., then came the parade, the announcement that the Class of 2012 had won the Spirit Jug and a Varsity football team win in triple overtime.

The Pep Assembly was highlighted by the cheerleading team, directed by Lisa Kurtz, the teacher dance, and the typical contests, such as the relay and the pie eating contest. Christian Alber ’12 won the pie eating contest and the Class of 2012 won the relay race.

Christine Naber ’12 was crowned Homecoming Queen at halftime of South’s victory over the L’anse Creuse High School Lancers. The seniors also took home the Spirit Jug, winning six of eight categories.

The Blue Devils won in triple overtime with the help of a blocked field goal to keep the score level at 21-21 with under a minute remaining in the fourth quarter. South ended up winning 41-34.

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COLLEEN MARTIN | Staff Writer ’12

As soon as I saw the junior’s outdoor banner last Monday, I knew that they would be tough competitors. Spirit week brings high expectations for seniors. To put it lightly, in the past three years, the class of 2012 has not had the most success as far as the awards go. However, since Aug. 1, student council members and dedicated seniors alike have worked endlessly on making this homecoming perfect.

And it was.

Each day of the week seniors awaited Thursday: Senior Spirit Day. Looking at all the posters and rock decorations from the underclassmen put a smirk on the faces of seniors; we knew that ours would trump them all. I do admit that the other classes were good competition this year; they did of course win two categories in the awards. Nevertheless, the seniors always win the spirit jug.

The jubilee juniors set the standards high on Monday, Oct. 10. Donned in colorful outfits, face masks and sparkly crowns, they ran past their posters in the main hallway during their parade through the school. Although the outdoor banner was very good with vibrant 3D letters, the rock was lacking. A simple black rock with “Jazz it up juniors” painted on it is not going to cut it. Let’s not even mention their spirit wear shirts: the front and back graphics were switched and there were misspelled words. Whoops! I guess I did mention them.

The junior and senior classes always seem to be out to get one another. This year was no different, but many juniors complained unceasingly, trying to disqualify our class. Hazing happens every year between the upperclassmen. As long as no physical harm is done, I see no problem with pulling light pranks on the other classes. Students wait to be seniors all of high school so they can finally be at the top of the food chain, and pick on the underclassmen. A few stunts may have gone a little overboard, but activities outside of school should not affect the school day.

On Tuesday, the sophomores actually showed some school spirit and many of them dressed up in something other than their spirit shirts. Too bad all you have to do is choose the flannel shirt and jean shorts from your closet: dressing up like a cowboy is easy. At least they proved themselves and showed that they have more to offer than the boring white posters from their freshmen year. I heard lots of tenth graders insulting their rock, but I thought it was innovative, painting the silhouette of a cowboy on the rock surrounded by campfire props.

The freshmen are always the same: white poster backgrounds, messy writing, boring themes, and a lack of students dressing up besides wearing their spirit shirt. My freshman year was probably one of the worst in comparison to other grades. Freshman year is more of the educational year: learning how homecoming works, what to expect, what the standards are for spirit day, what class spirit means. Therefore, they really should not be held accountable for not taking home any awards, besides they do not expect to take home any. The frosh this year did a decent job, but nothing really stood out.

Colleen Martin '12 (far right) celebrates Senior Spirit Day, dressing up with her senior friends.
Colleen Martin '12 (far right) celebrates Senior Spirit Day, dressing up with her senior friends.

Day four: Senior Spirit Day. Class of 2012: it all ends with us.

Senior year homecoming is the only one that really matters. It is the last year of high school so we want to make it the best one. Besides, senior year is also the year students will remember the most. Finally, we have freedom over the school. We are the oldest, so the other classes look up to us; there is no one above us, so there is no one to look down on us.  Although we still have to follow the administrators, we are at the height of our game, the highest caste in high school society, the (almost) victors of a senior sweep.

On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, the seniors decided to unify as a class and wear all black to increase the suspense and excitement leading up to senior spirit day. Teachers and judges claimed our black outfits showed disrespect toward the other classes. In addition, underclassmen rebelled against our black-out, trying to start their own white-out on senior spirit day. There are no rules against class unification, so I do not see why people looked down on us for it. Nevertheless, the seniors put their drama aside and came together, supporting one another, as we all realized this is our last homecoming ever so we wanted to make it the greatest.

Anyways, back to spirit day. Although our Mayan End of the World shirts turned out great, not many seniors were sporting them on Thursday. Homeade tribal skirts, mayan dresses, ethnic body wraps, and body paint covered the seniors instead. We showed the school an enormous amount of class spirit simply in our outrageous outfits and face paint.

After sprinting through the hallways at 7:30 a.m. Thursday morning, we decided that was not enough. People say you should go big or go home, right? Well, we went bigger than big. Running through the hallways an additional six times, we chanted, jumped, cheered, and exclaimed our school spirit until there was not one person in the school or within a few blocks from the school who had not heard us. Drowning out the seven minute bell, we moseyed our way to class, walking in late while donning sweat, smeared face paint and smiles. It is exhilarating to cheer with a couple hundred other people for one cause, uniting in our last year of high school together to show everyone that we have what it takes for a senior sweep.

On Friday, it felt weird to be the class wearing the white long sleeve class shirt instead of blending in with the rest of the school in the homecoming shirt. Let me tell you, running out in a mob of seniors, chanting in the middle of the gym during the pep assembly is not as great as it seems. It is an understatement to say that four hundred people crammed into one little room that should only hold twenty is not ideal. Waiting in the trophy room before the senior run-out, you are pushed against sweaty bodies, barely able to breathe.

To underclassmen I have a word of advice: wear shoes that cannot possibly fall off of your feet during the pep assembly. You never imagine that you would be the one to trip and fall in front of the whole school, but it can happen to anyone and it did happen to about ten seniors that day. After the run-out, you continue screaming and chanting the rest of the pep assembly, not noticing you have gone half-deaf and have an unusual ringing noise in your ears until you are driving away from school. In fact, my ears started ringing Thursday morning around 7 a.m. and did not stop until Sunday night, the day after the dance.

Although it was happy and exciting at the time, it is sad to look back now and see that my last homecoming parade and football game have come and gone. At least the game was a good one. The halftime proceeding were quite disappointing, it was hard to look at the gloating faces of the juniors. They were happy, not because they had won only one category, but because the seniors had not beaten them in every category. They only cared about our downfall, not their own success. Several senior student council members were devastated, and rightly so. They had spent every minute of free time and every ounce of energy on achieving a senior sweep, only to fall short in two categories.

The varsity team pulled through however, and made up for the disappointing homecoming awards. I feel sorry for those who left after half time; they missed one of the best high school football games I have ever gone to. Winning in triple overtime, we finished with a score of 41-34, qualifying for the playoffs. Rushing back and forth in the stands to watch the final plays, the seniors cheered the players on to win the last home game of the season.

As for the dance, it was the same as any other year. Moving the DJ to the center of the dance floor simply created a circular dance mob; it did not add or take away from the experience though. The homecoming dance tends to be regarded as a dance for underclassmen. But I think everyone should go, especially seniors because it’s their last year. The homecoming dance is always a blast, as long as you do not go into it with high expectations.

Overall, spirit week is one of the best weeks during senior year. For me, it is a time to relax, have some fun and show some school spirit before my high school years come to an end. I hope the rest of the senior class enjoyed it as much as I did. In addition, I give my best of luck to the juniors for next year.  For 2012, it all ends with us.



Madi Dettlinger and Kelly Cullen, both '13 at the Junior's last float party

We sit in assembly line formation discussing the highs and the lows of homecoming, while our fingers frantically fold tissue paper.  Five bags of pom-poms later, it is time for some background painting.

Homecoming is known for the glossy posters taped throughout the hallways, the parade, the football game, and the excitement of the pep assembly.   But for members of the Student Association and Student Council, Homecoming is filled with long hours, paint-stained clothes and breadstick bribes to lure our classmates to attend the float parties. But when all is said and done, we have fun working, spending time together and building close bonds with our fellow classmates.

Paint is a very valuable resource at the float parties.  We have all learned from experience the sinking feeling that a cup of paint and a gust of wind can create.  From the looks of it, many of the female volunteers will need to make an appointment at the nail salon, considering our fingers are stained with paint.

When it comes time to measure and cut paper for posters and banners, everyone suddenly disappears.  Trying to avoid being the one who has to cut the paper or holding it down so the wind won’t tear it away, it’s hard to get volunteers for this job.

Kristie Philliben and Jenna Kuess show school spirit on the Juniors Spirit Day

The stress of Homecoming can also be seen on our phone bills.  You know it’s serious when we pull out the yellow pages, calling all juniors by their landlines. We would like to apologize for all the awkward phone calls that may have been received by your parents.

Homecoming also brings many memorable moments.  Dancing along with our fellow stu-co members to “Moves Like Jagger” and blowing up everyone’s newsfeeds on more than one occasion, with mobile uploads of ourselves is an experience that cannot be matched.

And nothing can compare to the feeling of being covered in paint and glue knowing our long hours will be filled with memories and relationships that we made with our classmates and advisers. When it comes time to decorate our hallway, and everyone in our grade has come together to scream and run through the school, everything we’ve done is worth it.

We could not be here without our amazing advisers, Ms. Kuess and Mrs. Philliben who have been with us since we were little freshman and made all of this possible.  We have all become very close with them over the years of countless float parties and meetings. They take so much time out of their schedules to be our advisers and we are so thankful for them.

 Hopefully, by the end of this, we will still have some friends left after all the nagging and time spent away.  Through all the triumphs and disasters, homecoming week always pays off in the end and the memories we make will last forever.

The girls show off their paint stained clothing at the float party.

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The DJ will be on a small stage in the middle of the gym for the Homecoming Dance this year, said Laura Distelrath, the Student Association (SA) Adviser.

“We’re hoping to minimize the thick crowds that can form on the dance floor,” said Distelrath. “The dance will still be fun, but this will allow for staff to address any issues that may arise easier.  Plus the DJ will be more approachable.”

This decision was made after the Mother’s Club requested a meeting. There was a lot of concern expressed about the grouping together that happens in the gym and what could be done to fix it. One main concern was the large groups forming in the middle of the gym, said Maria Mitzel, the Student Association Coordinator.

On Friday, the blue floor will be put down on the gym and a small stage will be placed in the middle of the gym. This will all be handled by sound and electrical engineers, who have the situation under control, Mitzel said.

Both Mitzel and Distelrath believe this will not affect the success of Homecoming. Distelrath added that the sales have not been affected by the change.

“The dance is a fun time to enjoy good music and be with your friends,” said Distelrath. “This is still possible with the set-up.  I think students should give it a chance and make the most of their evening.”

Many different ideas were brought up during the meeting, but this had the most promise, Mitzel said.

“We discussed at that meeting, several ideas including this one,” said Mitzel. “We also discussed the situation with our DJ and found that this format is used by many different schools and has been well received. So with all that information in hand, we thought that we would give this a try and see how it works out.”

The change will provide a safer and more fun environment for students and will allow for a different setting at the dance this year, Mitzel said.