Homecoming week took place from September 22 to the 27, concluding, as always, on Saturday with the homecoming dance.
The spirit week began with the classic PJ day, where students sported their footies, nightgowns and coziest pajama pants.
Twinning Tuesday continued the week’s spirit, and caused teachers to think they were possibly seeing double.
Wednesday’s theme was Generation Day. Each class displayed a different age group from diapers to balding.
The freshmen were babies, sophomores teens, juniors adults and finally, the seniors sported elderly garb.
Continuing through the week, the classes came together to praise the country’s heritage on Thursday, with red, white and blue blowing through the halls.
Finally, Friday’s Red and Gray Day finished out the week in SHS celebration. Each day, students could gain spirit points for their class if they dressed up.
Several special events specked throughout the week accentuated the school’s spirit.
Boys volleyball played Greenfield/Whitnall on Wednesday, winning 3-0.
Additionally, the females came together in a battle on the field Thursday night. Taking on the undefeated senior class in a match of flag football, the juniors were excited for the Powderpuff game.
“The junior powderpuff team is a group of 37 girls looking to have fun on a Thursday night,” said Olivia Holbrook, junior, who came into the game with a positive attitude.
“A lot of fun will be added if we beat the seniors, but our main goal is to show our athletic skills, but most of all to show our ability to work as a team and our ability to be sportsmanlike prior to, during and after the game,” Holbrook said.
In contrast, Brendan Nagle, senior coach, was confident in the senior girls’ strength.
“We’re going to make them cry,” Nagle said.
According to Nagle, the senior cheerleading squad, composed of senior male students, is also looking great and plans to pleasantly surprise its audience on Thursday.
Many students were looking forward to the game, especially Grace Hayes, senior.
“Three years under our belt, and there’s room for one more,” Hayes said. “Whose house? Our house!”
On Friday, three special events wrapped up the week and pumped up the school for the dance the following day: the student council-led pep rally, the homecoming parade and the football game.
At the second annual pep rally, teachers faced their biggest rivals in the academic staff in a rap battle. They also stuffed their faces with pies, fought it out in tug of war and daintily battled in the egg toss.
The homecoming parade featured floats from various clubs, like Watershed Wisdom, Feminism Matters and Gay-Straight Alliance. Each class also created floats. Nick Castonguay, band teacher, added something new to the parade this year.
“While we don’t have a full on marching band, the kids are very excited because we are going to feature a drum line in the parade this year.”
“That’s something people have been asking for. They’d like to see that part of band come back, so I am happy to announce that it is,” said Tim Kenney, principal.
Due to controversy around theme interpretation, the homecoming dance’s theme was changed from fiesta to superheroes.
“There was some concern about appropriate representation and possible cultural heritage offense,” Kenney said.
“Of course that is not how we operate here in Shorewood, and we would certainly not want to do that inadvertently. I personally don’t believe that someone would do that on purpose, but I’m not going to take the chance that I’m going to offend someone’s cultural heritage, so we tried to pick something a little more neutral,” Kenney said.
Students generally agree with Kenney regarding the student body’s attitude.
“Shorewood students are respectful,” Nagle said. “They wouldn’t intentionally do anything to offend people.”
Ignoring the theme change, many students believe they should have been given more say in the decision process originally.
“Why didn’t they do a homeroom poll like they do for prom?” said Kathleen Fatica, senior.
Several other students expressed their discontent in the library the week before homecoming.
“We want a vote in the homecoming theme!” said Sarah Gruber, senior, and Nagle.
Regardless of the fast turnaround between theme changes, student council was prepared for the dance.
“Because we’ve had to change the theme, I hope we can get all of our stuff organized and set up and have good decorations even though we’ve had a late start,” said Tricia Nelsen, senior and student council executive board president.
Kenney was not concerned with student council’s preparation.
“We got ahead of [the change]. They hadn’t purchased decorations, all of that stuff was about to happen, so it would have been a bigger problem if it had already happened,” Kenney said.
“Student council, in the past, has had to do lots of last minute changes, or be flexible, and they’ve always done a great job. The arena ends up looking fantastic and everyone ends up having a great time,” Kenney said.
After receiving the least amount of spirit points last year as juniors, the senior class had high hopes that class spirit would increase this year.
“Going into the year, I didn’t think the senior class had much spirit, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised,” Nelsen said.
by Elizabeth Hayes