Sunday, October 19, 2014

Homecoming in an American Highschool

A time-honored tradition in many high schools across America is what’s known as Homecoming. Steeped in history, this annual mid-October ritual captivates students like few other athletic events.

For those of you who have never seen it, or for those of you whose Highschool Homecoming Days are long gone, I’ve compiled some photos from Friday’s Homecoming in rural North Carolina.

Chronologically sequenced, from the pep rally during the last hour of school, to the football game that evening, here’s a window into some very spirited happenings.

First was the pep rally. It was held in the gymnasium of the school during the last hour of the school day. There are many activities that take place on the basketball court. Most of the students sat in the bleachers, with their grade level. "Baby Blue" freshmen and “Sunny” sophomores sat on one side, while the “Jolly Green” juniors and “Red Hot” seniors sat on the other side. Each grade level wore a specific color or just black.
Can you tell which grade was which?
Who do you think screamed the loudest?







These students, who are class officers representing each of the 4 grade levels, are competing in relay races.  The races were silly and fun, and all of the students in the bleachers screamed loudly to cheer on their team.




Cheerleaders are girls (sometimes boys are, too) who cheer on the football team. They do a lot of dancing and acrobatic moves. You can see them flying in the air here! During the game they wear special uniforms, with skirts and tops. For this pep rally their uniform consisted of shorts and a t-shirt.


During the pep rally, the student marching band played live music in the gymnasium. One way students show their spirit is to paint their faces with the school colors. Can you tell what this school’s colors are?



In some events, staff and students were pitted against each other. Although the competition was friendly, everyone wanted to win! Musical chairs and a dance competition were the two popular ones. Do you see any teachers you know in this video or this picture?




                                            video


After the relay races, the cheerleader show, and the staff-student competitions, the students stretched out their spirit chains to see who had the most spirit. Looks like the Seniors won this competition! (Can you imagine how loud they were screaming?)





At the very end of the pep rally, the football coaches introduced all of the football players. One by one, they announced each player’s name, and they lined up on the gym floor. The principal encouraged them to play well, and the pep rally was complete!


After school, there was a homecoming parade. In the parade, different clubs from school carried banners, the marching band played, and some groups rode on floats


The homecoming court consists of girls who were elected to represent a club or school group. Members of the homecoming court rode by in cars. They were excited because later in the evening, one of the girls would become the Homecoming Queen.



In the evening, after the pep rally and the parade, the football game began. This is American football, and you can see that the boys wear a lot of equipment to protect themselves. The helmet is the most important piece of equipment.


When a touchdown is made, and the team scores, the referees put both hands up in the air. How many referees do you see?


During halftime, in the middle of the game, the girls on the homecoming court were introduced. One by one, an announcer read their names and information about them. They lined up on the field with their escorts. Some escorts were friends, some escorts were boyfriends, and other escorts were fathers.


Finally, the Queen was announced. She received a crown from last year’s queen, and flowers from the principal. How do you think she felt? How do you know?



After the Homecoming Queen was announced, the football game started up again.  The home team finished the night perfectly—with a victory!

Some questions for you to answer: 
1. What was your favorite event?
2. Which event would you like to try?
3. Which picture do you like the most?

4. Describe a celebration or tradition from school in your culture.

5. Why are traditions important?

6. Did the team from this school win or lose? Which word tells you so?

7. How many phrasal verbs can you find? Phrasal verbs are verbs with two words that work together to make one verb. I found at least 8. I did number one for you, and there are hints for the others:

1.     take place
2.     something cheerleaders do
3.     the cheerleaders’ uniforms “were” t-shirts and shorts
4.     staff and students “competed” with each other
5.     to make longer
6.     get in a line
7.     go past in a vehicle

8.     began