Homecoming is a yearly event for high school students to have fun and celebrate with their school. It is a whole week of fun activities and school gatherings, and a week where students can have fun before the boys’ football game on Friday night. This year it was not like any other homecoming we have had in the past.
Before school started back up, students didn’t know if they would even be able to have a homecoming. Potosi junior Jessica Noonan said, “It was very stressful not knowing if we would even be able to have a homecoming or any homecoming activities.” Homecoming is always a stressful time for teachers and students, but this year it was even more stressful than any other year. Jessica said, “It felt even more stressful during the week when we had to get everything done for homecoming with Volleyball going on and with homework.”
Teachers worked their hardest to help students get most of the homecoming events. They had to think of what traditions were the most important to keep and what traditions weren’t as important. Mrs. Brunton said, “We wanted to still be able to do the skits and still wanted to have the participation of as many students as we could.” Students were happy that the traditions of homecoming were still going to happen and that the teachers made sure they could happen. Jessica said, “I think that homecoming isn’t just about the dance or the football game, it is about working together as a class to win activities and to put together the float and the wall.”
There were a lot of new factors that made homecoming difficult this year, but somehow we managed to have homecoming. Mrs. Brunton said, “The biggest obstacle would not be the masks, but the social distancing part of it and trying to keep everybody distanced.” Teachers did an amazing job keeping the students socially distanced and had great ideas on how to have them distanced. For example, when we had skit night, we couldn’t have anyone from outside of the school coming into our school district, so we performed or played recordings of the skits during the Friday pep rally instead. Also, in the parade, teachers had to make sure that the court was distanced enough from each other even though they rode in the same vehicle. Brunton said, “When we were in the gym and interacting we made sure people had masks on and that they were doing what they needed to do to stay safe and follow those guidelines.”
This homecoming was one that students will never forget, one that will stick with them forever. Students were definitely happy that they got to have a homecoming and celebrate with their school. Jessica said, “Well, the juniors took the W, so I think that it was a pretty good homecoming!”