Homecoming traditions, old and new
Monday , October 14, 2013 - 9:27 AM
From parades to pep rallies to elegant dances, homecoming is full of traditions at high schools throughout the Top of Utah.
But what stands out or is different at these local fall celebrations?
Our TX. staff members share some of their favorite out-of-the-ordinary events associated with their school’s homecoming, ranging from powderpuff football and torch runs to delectable doughnut breakfasts.
School: Northridge High
What: All advisory classes compete in a door decorating contest based on the homecoming theme or football game.
Why it’s cool: The contest is always amazing! You can’t walk down the hall without stopping to admire the rockets blasting off with paper streamers for flames, or the heavily cratered moons sketched onto paper plates and taped to the door. The theme, “Fly Me to the Moon,” seems to be well exemplified in these talented students’ artwork.
— Kathryn Talbot,Northridge High
Breakfast and parade
School: Morgan High
What: All students enjoy a breakfast on the Thursday of homecoming week; another unique tradition is a parade right before the game.
Why it’s cool: Getting breakfast is one of my favorite parts of the week. We all get to miss class to eat doughnuts and chocolate milk. We get to talk to friends and hang out for a while instead of being in our first-hour class. This is one of our recent traditions but it will likely last for a long time.
The parade is a tradition that has been here as long as anyone can remember. All the clubs, teams and grades make floats showing their school spirit, along with local businesses and the fire and police departments. I like this tradition because it involves the students at the high school as well as the community and all of the alumni. The parade helps everyone get pumped up for the big homecoming game and makes everyone feel involved and a part of homecoming.
— Emily Wilde,Morgan High
School: Weber High
What: Each year during homecoming week, Weber High’s school store offers a rather unusual product called “Kisstixx.” They have been cited by many as one of Weber’s most entertaining homecoming traditions. Kisstixx are chapsticks sold in sets of two; each pack contains a pair of flavors which complement each other.
Why it’s cool: Each member of a couple puts one of the two flavors on; when the two meet in a kiss, a tingling chemical reaction occurs.
There are several flavor choices such as raspberry and lemonade, or peaches and cream. Arguably the most well-liked and popular flavor is “Fire and Ice.” The ice is vanilla flavored, and the fire is cinnamon. Kisstixx’ website claims, “The Fire heats up and creates a nice warming sensation while Ice cools down to create an amazing mix that you will be sure to love!”
Kisstixx have commonly been used by students following the tradition of becoming a “true Weber Warrior” by sharing a kiss on the giant “W” on campus.
— Elle Gossner,Weber High
Lighting the ‘V’
School: Viewmont High
What: During the homecoming game, the juniors light up the Viewmont “V” on the nearby mountain out of respect for the seniors.
Why it’s cool: This tradition is so unique because not all schools have a letter on the mountain that they can do this with; also, it’s really cool that the juniors would do this for the seniors every year.
— Jordan Thornblad,Viewmont High
School: Northridge High
What: Extracurricular clubs, sports groups, AP classes and student body officers compete in a timed chalk-art contest in which they must incorporate their group and the theme for homecoming. This year it was “Fly Me to the Moon.”
Why it’s cool: The chalk-art contest takes place after school. The fact that anybody stays around to do it is amazing in itself! Each group provides their own chalk and has until 4 p.m. to complete their art in their designated cement squares. Because each group has to somehow incorporate the homecoming theme as well as something that signifies who they are, the results turn up a variety of vibrant colors and different styles.
This year, the AP English class depicted Frankenstein’s monster in astronaut attire leaning against a bookshelf with all the books the students would be reading during the year. The AP art class took a different approach with a background of swirling blues, a pale moon set in the corner, and couples silhouetted as they danced. It’s really the variety of the different groups and their artistic styles that make this contest so much fun!
— Kat Talbot,Northridge High
School: Fremont High
What: The Fremont “torch run” takes place the day of the pep assembly. The run this year began several hours before it got dark. Fremont’s cross-country team, bearing two torches, began their run near the opposing school, Davis High, a distance of about 17 miles away.
Why it’s cool: After covering themselves in blue paint, the cross-country team ran through the stadium gates chanting, “Wolf pack! Wolf pack!” Hundreds of Fremont students formed a human tunnel for the runners to sprint through. At the end of the tunnel, the runners lit the bonfire.
The torch run is a tradition that has continued as not only a distance challenge for Fremont’s cross-country team, but also as a symbol of unity to the whole student body of being one pack with one purpose.
— Brigham Flint,Fremont High
School: Ogden High
What: The night of, or a few days before the homecoming game, the school hosts a big tailgating party where everyone gets together and hangs out.
Why it’s cool: It’s neat because everyone has a chance to get excited about the game, all together. There’s no food served on the back of cars, like usual tailgates, but instead there’s a huge tent filled with grills and plenty of hot dogs and food to go around. There’s usually face-painting, too. This year, we had a huge car smashing, where kids would pay to have certain car smashed by a giant hammer. It was something cool to watch and be a part of.
— Olivia Andrus,Ogden High
Chalk Art Festival
School: Fremont High
What: A new contest to create the best designs in chalk; the theme of Fremont High’s second annual Chalk Art Festival this year was “Thanks for Being a Friend.”
Junior Morgan Kelley’s response to the theme was a picture of Mike and Sully from “Monsters Inc.,” because they stuck together through the thick and thin, and they still loved each other through it all. She adds, “And they’re just so cute together!”
— Sarah Deem,Fremont High
School: Weber High
What: Powderpuff football, also known as “lady” football, is a tradition recently reinstated at Weber High. Junior and senior girls form teams of six or so to compete in flag football. Junior and senior varsity players coach the girls, giving them positions and teaching them plays and formations. After two days of practicing, the two classes compete against each other with the stadium lights shining down and the crowd cheering.
Why it’s cool: Although the girls don’t wear pads, helmets or tackle, the game is as real as it can get. The coaching boys give their real jerseys to the girls to wear, score is kept and the competition couldn’t be more authentic.
This homecoming tradition helps build school spirit and football support as the week goes on. Girls feel more included and it’s a different way to get to know other girls and members of the football team. It’s also a great way for guys to see what girls are really made of — sugar, spice and everything competitive.
— Erin Geiger,Weber High
Rock and pebble hunt
School: Weber High
What: The student body officers hide a pebble inside the school and a larger rock within the Weber High boundaries. Every day, a clue to the rock and pebble’s locations is announced, and students and faculty try to find the rock and pebble.
Why it’s cool: It’s fun to try to figure out the cryptic clues — it’s like a big scavenger hunt! Sometimes the officers come up with really clever hiding places. Plus, there’s a prize for whoever finds the rocks and returns them to the office.
— Angelica Previte,Weber High
Schools: Roy High and Layton High
What: At Roy High, clubs participate by going out to the football field and painting the sidewalk with paint that lasts months. At Layton High, there’s a sidewalk painting/paint fight the week of homecoming.
Why it’s cool: “This tradition advertises your club and shows your club’s individuality,” says Aubrey Cox of Roy High. “I love going out there and seeing all of the cool designs that clubs have come up with. They usually do pictures associated with their different clubs; for instance, Drama Club has the comedy/tragedy masks, Key Club has keys, and so on.”
Lily Valeika, of Layton High, says, “It’s a really fun experience, because all the clubs start out painting their designated square of sidewalk, but by the time everyone is finishing up and getting bored, it turns into an all-out paint war! Everyone ends up drenched in colors, and it’s a good way for the clubs and different cliques to intermingle and enjoy a little school spirit together.”