By: Madison McClellan and Michael Schaeper
The paradise way of life has arrived at McNicholas for Homecoming Week 2018 Sept. 17-22. The Class of 2020 chose the Homecoming 2018 theme as “Another Day in Paradise.”
Homecoming Week kicked off with the annual bonfire and movie in the Paradise Pavilion on Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m. with smores and the movie Jumanji. Beginning Sept. 17, students are allowed to dress according to each day’s theme assigned to each grade: Freshmen have Jamaica, sophomores have the Bahamas, juniors have Fiji, and seniors have Hawaii. “The theme is a play-off paradise, our field, and based off of the relaxing and destination feel it gives off,” Physics teacher and homecoming moderator Jonathan Spurlock said.
The annual Walk Day takes place on Friday of Spirit Week, and for many, symbolizes the beginning of Homecoming Weekend. In the past, Walk Day has been a fundraiser, but this year’s Walk will be missing the fundraising component and will be following a 5K instead of a 10K. Mark Doran, Director of Development, said a fundraiser will be launched in the spring. “Walk Day [as a fundraiser] is a thirty-day effort of time and the fundraising has come at a bad time. Tuition was due and school had just started, so we are looking at a time that is more optimal.”
The Friday of Spirit Week, the designated day for Walk Day, will begin with a pep rally and will include spirit games and the powderpuff football game between senior and junior women. The homecoming game will be played the night of Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. vs. Purcell Marian.
The Homecoming Dance will be held on Sept. 22 from 8-11 p.m. in the main gym. Tickets will go on sale on Sept. 17 and will be available for purchase during lunches.