Homecoming is a classic high school tradition. This year Hull High School brought it back after a year without, because of the coronavirus, and it was met with student excitement and enthusiasm.
At the end of a highly participated spirit week, the high school held its first pep rally since 2019 on Oct. 1.
“The kids were so amped up,” said Mrs. Hillner, the student government adviser who led the planning of all homecoming-related events, including the rally.
“It’s the first time we’ve been altogether as a school in the same space.”
At the rally, students competed in an activity called House of Cups. Captains of various sports teams spoke; cheerleaders performed; and the homecoming court was introduced.
The football game that night was equally exciting for students. They donned their brightest pink clothing (for breast cancer awareness) and came out in full force to cheer on the Pirates. Hillner says the crowd at the game was the largest she has seen in all her time at HHS.
In past years, the homecoming dance has been a casual event, held directly after the game. However, this year it was a semi-formal dance on the following night. The dance took place in the cafeteria, which Hillner decorated as if a starry night. Masks were required, but still, she reports, “everyone came in happy.” Students also had access to the outdoor courtyard where they could take a break from dancing and remove their masks.
“Everyone had a great time; everyone was really excited to have a dance,” says Matt Mcluskey, student body president.
Homecoming king and queen were announced, with Nate Simoly named king and Nina Tiani crowned queen. After the crowning, they shared a dance.
Hillner says that in past years students have just stayed for the announcement of king and queen and then left. But this year, she says, “the kids were dancing the whole time,” right up to the end of the dance at 9:30. “It made all the work we put into it so worth it.”
Up next on the high school calendar will be a Halloween costume contest and the Powderpuff game. And all are encouraged to attend the soccer games on EM20 night, Oct. 18, at 4 and 5:30 p.m.
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