Everyone loves Fall Homecoming and all the spirit it brings to the school, but Spring Homecoming is a bit of a different story. Students were not as enthusiastic for the second DHS Spring Homecoming week as they were for Fall Homecoming; however, the students that were involved truly enjoyed themselves.
Last year Community Council organized Darien High School’s first Spring Homecoming. With positive feedback from the students, they did it again this year. “Much of the feedback from the student body focused on the idea that only the Fall athletes were given a Homecoming event and the idea was to recognize the Spring sports in the same fashion,” history teacher Mr. Chris Buckley, from the Community Council board, said.
Although Spring Homecoming differs from Fall Homecoming - with no pep rally, Football game, or dance - there are dress up days and other events instead. Starting Friday, March 30th with Pajama Day, Spring Homecoming also included Neon Day, Favorite Cartoon Character Day, Clone Day, and BWP Day. Events throughout the week included the Community Council Breakfast in the Chill Zone, Dodgeball Tournament, Carnival, and Field Day. Community Council worked hard coming up with dress up days and events that students would enjoy. As hard as they worked, many students did not participate.
“I didn’t dress up,” senior James Burgoyne said. “It was confusing because we already had [Homecoming] and I didn’t know why we were having another. There was only 20 minutes for lunch on field day, so I didn’t have time to go outside.”
Many students did not have time to eat lunch and attend Field Day. Others just opted out because it did not really feel like one. “Was it even a Field Day?” junior Aiden Rischmann said.
Field Day may have not been as successful as some had hoped, but other events turned out better than expected. “I thought that Community Council did a lot of work,” librarian Mrs. Jo-Ann Sawitsky said. “The dodgeball was obviously great.”
The Dodgeball Tournament was visibly the most successful part of Spring Homecoming. The Tournament was a fundraiser for the sophomore class. With just a $10 entry fee per player, students put together teams of five to seven players. The winning team, Average Joe’s, won Avicii concert tickets. Thirty-one teams participated and many students that weren’t even playing came to watch. Even the losing teams stuck around to watch the final games.
Senior Eric Kanigan from the Average Joe’s team said, “The dodgeball tournament was definitely the best part of Spring Homecoming. It was great to see kids from every grade come out to play. I couldn’t ask for a better way to spend my Monday night.”
“[Community Council] put a lot of work into [Spring Homecoming], especially the Carnival and Field Day,” Community Council President Niya Wright said. “The turn out was not great, but the people that came did have fun and that’s what we wanted. So in retrospect it was successful.”
As mentioned by Wright, few students showed up to attend the Carnival and Field Day. One student who did go to the Carnival was senior Katie Stueber. “I thought the Carnival was a lot of fun. I just wish more people had come because there were a lot of fun activities.”
One reason a lot of students did not attend the Carnival was because most of the spring sport teams had games during it. “Next year going forward, [Community Council] should publicize it early in advance so sports teams can plan accordingly. That way sport teams can attend things like the Carnival,” Mrs. Sawitsky said. Students felt Spring Homecoming was advertised very last minute. Therefore, friends could not plan for dress up days like Clone Day.
“Pajama Day was a big hit. Clone Day was not. We need some school spirit here and we’re not going to have that if people don’t participate,” Mrs. Sawitsky said.
Spring Homecoming is a new annual tradition at DHS, and with the feedback from all of the students, Community Council and improve it to make it better for everyone in the years to come.
Check out this article aboutHomecoming:http://www.darienps.org/neirad/1106springhomecoming.php