by Megan McCuen and Akech Ngor
There is nothing like a high school homecoming! The smell of popcorn at the big game, the cheers at the pep rally, and the ache in your feet after the dance- it’s full of the sights and sounds that epitomizes the high school experience. I think all of us can think back with some bittersweet nostalgia at our own homecoming memories. That means that there is a lot of responsibility to plan an awesome homecoming week that our students will remember for their whole lives. I can definitely say that Roncalli Catholic Student Government stepped it up this year to give the school an unforgettable Homecoming Week.
The theme was Western Harvest and the theme was embraced wholeheartedly. The hallways were transformed into a pumpkin patch, corn maze, apple orchard, and ranch. The main office even became a sheriff’s office! The week involved a plethora of fun activities for staff and students to participate in: pumpkin pie eating contest, apple bobbing, and pumpkin bowling. The dance team gave an amazing performance for the whole school. And of course, the week included an all-school mass.
Two new events were added this year. Monday night, the ladies of Roncalli Catholic took over Rummel Stadium for an amazing night of Powderpuff Football. Everyone had a lot of fun- whether trying a new sport or cheering on the girls. Wednesday night, the gentlemen of Roncalli Catholic took a turn on the volleyball court for a pretty thrilling face-off between the classes. We are so grateful for all the parents and friends who came out to support these events. We were blown away by the turnout and we will definitely reprise the events next year.
The week ended on a high with our game, crowning, and dance. The Crimson Pride dominated the game over South Sioux City on Friday night. During half time, the homecoming court was honored on the field. It was there that the king and queen were announced: Ben Lee and Jo Wilmes. Student Government spent Saturday morning setting up the Western Harvest Homecoming Dance. Between sunflowers on the tables, an autumn foliage archway, and a barn door themed photo area- it all truly looked great. Students finished out the week by dancing the night away!
“Homecoming week is very important for students so they can get closer to their classmates and it allows students to have fun and express themselves,” says Akech Ngor. “My favorite part about homecoming week was the theme days. My favorite theme day was the first day which was the class colors day because all the classes got to get together and know each other better and know who was in there class. Finally, the best part of Homecoming Week was the dance because it was fun and people enjoyed themselves and danced.”
After two months of hard work, it is bittersweet to be done with another homecoming week. It’s such a whirlwind of chaos and details coming together, but it’s so worth it. It is truly amazing to see students’ ideas come to life and to see them grow their leadership skills through the process.