BY JORDYN WILLIAMS ON SEPT. 19, 2014
Homecoming, an event primarily organized to boost student morale and welcome back alumni, was originally scheduled for Friday, Sept. 12 here at Rose. Homecoming was pushed back to Sept. 26 due to weather conflictions, and this affected many people in the Rose community. Though it was pushed back, one aspect of the event, spirit week, still took place.
Spirit week is a time for students and teachers of Rose to participate in a week filled with days that each had specific themes. All of these themes were adopted by many students on the week of Sept. 8, excluding Friday, which was originally designed to be character day, but was dismissed due to the change in the homecoming game’s date. A few of the days included in spirit week were hippies vs hillbillies, tacky tourists and pajama day. The week of spirit themed days culminated on Friday, Sept. 12, which was a day all students were required to wear school approved uniforms.
“Homecoming is a really big tradition that high schools have upheld for years,” senior and SGA president Mia Connell said.
Many students expressed their displeasure in the change of the homecoming game’s date as soon as it was officially announced. However, homecoming week was not only disrupted for students; it also affected Rose alumni.
“Homecoming is a great time for former students of Rose to come back,” Spanish teacher and SGA advisor Louisa Haynes said.
Haynes also mentioned that many alumni of Rose planned their class reunions during the event, so they were forced to either push back their reunions or cancel them.
The Student Government Association (SGA) is the group in charge of homecoming, but Connell expressed that they were not responsible for the changes in dates, it was simply weather rescheduling. The football game associated with homecoming, which was played against Rocky Mount, was pushed forward a day to Thursday, Sept. 11. The event festivities such as the pep rally and presentation of the homecoming court will now take place on Friday, Sept. 26 here at Rose.
“At halftime the princesses and queens and Mr. and Mrs. school spirit get to come out in convertibles.” Connell said. “They’re all dressed up, and they have flowers and sashes. Then they’re escorted and waving, and they get their picture taken.”
After the entrance ceremony occurs at halftime, the homecoming queen is announced and crowned. Connell also mentioned that typically at the event the student section dresses up in formal attire.
Though many in the Rose community disapproved of the homecoming date change, the new game is still attracting much attention and excitement. There was a pep rally held on Sept. 26 for all students and staff of Rose, where school spirit was boosted. All in all, the newly assigned homecoming event is expected to be a great night with an equally great turnout.