For the past week, students at Hettinger Public School have been gearing up for Friday’s homecoming football game and cheering on their fellow Night Hawks by participating in a week full of homecoming themed activities.
Student Council Advisor and Homecoming Coordinator Kira Henderson said she worked with both students and teachers to create a memorable week that students could rally behind.
“We had a great time creating fun activities for the kids while getting everyone pumped up for the game,” said Henderson.
The week’s activities started with Saturday’s coronation and homecoming dance. There, students celebrated their school spirit and the 2019 homecoming queen and king. The 2019 royalty candidates were: Gryphon Smith, Ty Warbis, Mason DeFoe, Seth Folske, Joslyn Ebert, Talia Carter, Carolyn Schultz, and Miami Pekas. Out of the eight royalty candidates, Ty Warbis and Carolyn Schultz were crowned this year’s homecoming royalty.
Heading into the school week, the student council voted for “Hollywood” to be the 2019 homecoming theme. Henderson said the students had a great time decorating the halls to meet the theme.
“Some of the decoration are paparazzi stuff and one class created the big Hollywood sign,” she said. “The halls looked pretty cool.”
Although the “Hollywood” theme won the vote, Henderson said that some students were inspired to vote for the theme “Out of this World” for the 2019 theme because the moon landing happened exactly 50 years ago.
In addition to decorating the halls, both students and teachers celebrated by putting on costumes and dressing up for most of the week.
Monday, students and teachers celebrated a “red carpet” theme, dressing up to the nines to show off their most elegant dress. Tuesday was dedicated to Character/Celebrity day where students could dress up as their favorite cartoon character or movie star. Wednesday was designated as “We Wear Pink” day. Students dressed in various shades of pink to both raise awareness for breast cancer during breast cancer awareness month and reference the movie Mean Girls. Thursday, students and teachers broke out their bellbottom jeans and tie-dye shirts for Hippie Day, and on Friday students were encouraged to wear Night Hawk apparel.
At the end of every homecoming week, the school also hosts a parade to cheer on the Night Hawks before the big game. This year, each class built their own unique float for the parade.
Henderson said that ultimately the entire week, the parade, the dress up days, and the hall decorating, becomes one giant competition for the school. Every day kids are given points for participating in the various activities, and the class that ends the week with the most points is awarded the “golden shoe.”
“They get their name on a little plaque, so it’s a big deal to win,” she said. “Homecoming week is something that the whole school looks forward to and the kids really enjoy.”
Check out next week’s edition of the ACR to see the homecoming game results.