Homecoming is a grand ol’ dance that dates back to before your parents were even in high school. This event involves both upper and lowerclassmen at Christian Brothers High School and is an American tradition since 1911. Along with a dance, Homecoming is a week full of games and activities leading up to the school-wide […]
Homecoming is a grand ol’ dance that dates back to before your parents were even in high school. This event involves both upper and lowerclassmen at Christian Brothers High School and is an American tradition since 1911. Along with a dance, Homecoming is a week full of games and activities leading up to the school-wide boogie night.
But how does an ordinary gymnasium turn into a magical setting for one night? With the help of student council moderators Ms. Stephanie Roybal and Ms. Rose Ann Holmes, along with Associated Student Body (ASB), Falcon Force, and Student Class Councils.
Ms. Roybal, freshman class council moderator and a beloved history teacher, is a key director in the preparation of Homecoming week. The different student class councils and their moderators along with ASB all get together weeks before school starts in Lake Tahoe for a student council camp.
At this camp, different councils get together to find out one another’s strengths and brainstorm ideas for the upcoming school year like Homecoming themes and activities for all school lunches. With different councils like the freshman and junior class councils come different ideas of themes for the week of Homecoming.
“Everything is based on consensus — it’s not popular vote,” Ms. Roybal says. “We make sure everyone can live with the theme we’ve decided on”.
If the certain themes are too good to go to waste, after picking the winning theme for Homecoming, class councils have the option of picking one of the leftover ideas for other occasions like upcoming open dances.
Class councils and ASB are later divided into committees for different aspects of Homecoming like royalty, decorations and pictures. In addition to the decorations and theme tasks, each council is in charge of different activities and days throughout the week. For example, because there will be no Powder Puff this semester due to the construction on the football field, so each class council must come up with a game developed in an Olympic fashion to play during the lunch.
Although the preparation of Homecoming is a stressful and time consuming event, Ms. Roybal gains a reward worth the sweat and tears put in by the students.
“I get to see them be talented and support each other and create something kind of out of nothing,” the history teachers says. “There’s so much pride in that.”
She is thankful that the students of Christian Brothers have a creative outlet to express themselves in the different Homecoming committees like decorations. This year, following the selected theme, Cruising Through Time, Bella Barbosa (‘21) and Alonzo Aguillio (‘20) are the heads of the Decorating Committee and are decorating the cafeteria with 24 different panels to represent a timeline 24 different events of the past. The timeline starts with the Big Bang and ends with 2019. The decorating, which according to Bella, is the most difficult part of the whole operation.
In order to meet the deadlines for the dance, “once the royalty and t-shirt committees are done, everyone kind of joins together to grind on decorations,” Bella says.
To get hyped for the dance, the different class councils set up different spirit days, which according to Bella is the “best part of the whole week”. This year’s Homecoming week has four different spirit days; Back to the Wild, Wild West brought on by the junior class on Tuesday, A Day in the Future by the sophomore class on Wednesday, Flower Power by the freshman class on Thursday, and That ’80s Show by the senior class on Friday.
Homecoming week began on Tuesday, October 8th with the Varsity Homecoming football game on Friday, October 11 at 7:00 P.M. The week ends with the school wide dance on Saturday, October 12 from 7:30 to 10:30.