Students have been wondering why Homecoming seemed to be quickly approaching this year.
Homecoming has always seemed early in the school year. However, this year it came so early that a newsletter was sent out to students telling them of the earlier than usual date. Students were asked weeks before school started. And people have been asking one question: Why was Homecoming so early this year?
There is a good reason that Homecoming is earlier this year than other years. SBO Officers and their adviser, Tori Pollard, have been organizing Homecoming since the end of May, and the other school dances have been organized since last year.
However, Homecoming is a little different compared to the other dances. First, it depends on the football schedule. Homecoming isn’t complete without a Homecoming game the night before. Before planning can even get under way, organizers have to wait until the football game schedule has been finalized before they can dive right in.
Even once they get the schedule, it’s still a hassle to get a day set for Homecoming. Fremont High School has around 2,000 students, give or take a few hundred. Homecoming is one of the biggest dances at the school, which means that a majority of the students will be coming. It can be difficult to find a venue that will accommodate 2,000 high schoolers for a night.
Once a place has agreed to host the dance, both the venue and the school have to agree on a night. It has to be at a time when the venue is free, on a Saturday, and be the night after a home game. And they only have a couple of months beforehand to book it.
Don’t fret, however. The SBO officers worked hard and got the students covered. This year the Homecoming Dance was held at Weber County Fairgrounds on September 8th.
“[There’s] a lot of sweat and tears,” said Ryker Howard, SBO officer. “We’re in charge of getting flowers, we’re in charge of royalty, we’re in charge of getting the venue for Homecoming, we’re in charge of making sure we’re advertising Homecoming well.”
Some students have pointed out that September 8th was also the night of Weber High School’s homecoming. It caused some complications between students planning on attending both dances.
“Weber can have theirs at their school, we can’t,” said Tori Pollard, student government adviser. “So we’re kinda tied into facilities. We’re at the mercy of whatever place can hold everyone.”
For those students who could not make it to Homecoming because of the date complications, there are plenty of other activities to join in on. The entire week is dedicated to having fun before Homecoming.
To kick it off, Tuesday was a movie night. Fremont watched Remember the Titans to get ready for the big game on Friday. Waffle Love was there to provide delicious snacks for those with the munchies, and maybe dinner, if students hadn’t eaten yet.
Wednesday had two activities. At the beginning of the day, seniors and other students got up early to watch the sunrise. Many people got up at 5:30 to make it in time.
Later, SBO officers had set up activities over at Plain City Elementary to bring out students’ inner kids. There was four-square, hopscotch, and silly bands everywhere.
Thursday was the parade, pep rally, and bonfire. Clubs and sports made floats and paraded down Fremont street at 6:30. Immediately after, students gathered together for the pep rally, where they got pumped up. At 7:20, the Cross Country team ran the torch in and lit the bonfire to light up the night.
Friday was the big Homecoming game. Fremont played Layton and won 21 to 7.
Then Saturday came to finish off the week of festivities. Students came together to have a blast at the dance late into the night. The inspiration for the dance was Still Falling, based off of the song by Hunter Hayes.
“It was a good senior goodbye,” said Howard. “It was kind of like we’re still falling just because we’re still trying to find our foundation after high school.”
And students will continue to try to find their foundation and purpose throughout their high school years and throughout life. But, for now, it’s time to dance.