Guests will be walking the red carpet at Homecoming 2015 on Sept. 26, following the “Lights, Camera, ACTION!” theme. Spirit Week, beginning on Sept. 21, will also follow the theme, which was chosen by the Class of 2017.
“I think people will be pretty excited about it this year,” said Mr. Jonathan Spurlock, Physics teacher and Homecoming moderator.
According to Mrs. Shannon Kapp, Spirit Club moderator and Director of Marketing and Communications, each day of Spirit Week has its own theme.
- Monday: Mass day and all students are to be in uniform
- Tuesday: Pajama Day
- Wednesday: Rockets through the years. Seniors can dress as 1980s students, juniors as ‘70s students, sophomores as ‘60s students, and freshmen as ‘50s students.
- Thursday: Class Movie Dress Up Day. Seniors can dress in Stars Wars garb, juniors like Indiana Jones, sophomores have The Hunger Games, and freshmen have Back to the Future.
- Friday: Walk Day. Students are to wear colors based on their grade. Seniors wear black, juniors wear white, sophomores wear gray, and freshmen wear green. Students should be creative with their costumes, but are reminded that these are not simply jeans days.
On Friday night of Homecoming Week, students are invited to return to school at 7 p.m. for the annual bonfire. The weather will dictate the location but students will be treated to s’mores and a movie. Junior class president Jonathon Hazzard said that the plans are not official, and that he will be sending out more information once the plans are finalized.
On Saturday, Sept. 26, is the traditional homecoming football game. The gates to Penn Station Stadium open at 11:30 a.m., with pregame beginning at 12:40 p.m. There, the National Anthem will be performed by the McNicholas Concert Choir and Marching Band. The Homecoming Court, who chose light blue as their color, will also be introduced at that time.
Kickoff between the McNick Rockets and Carroll Patriots is at 1 p.m. Tickets are $6 at the gate for students and adults and $5 for senior citizens. Presale tickets, available in the Athletic Office, available during regular school hours, are $5 for adults and $4 for students. At the halftime show, the 2015 Homecoming King and Queen will be announced, and the Fight Song will be performed by the Marching Band.
The Homecoming Dance starts at 8 p.m. that evening in the main gym. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Tickets will be sold during lunches through Thursday, Sept. 24. The cost is $8 per individual tickets and $15 for a couple. Those attending the dance must complete the dance information sheet. The second page only needs to be completed if students are bringing a guest.
For the second year, floats will still be absent from the festivities. For 2014’s Homecoming Week, the bulletin boards in the glass hallway were decorated by each grade according to their theme to replace floats, but that is also not returning this year.
“We’re exploring it for next year,” Spurlock said. He added that students always seem to want to make floats, but it never turns out quite how everyone expects.
Spurlock also said that, this year, to increase participation and improve the dance’s atmosphere, the DJ will be bringing some extra props and stunts to boost involvement and make the dance more enjoyable.