BY EMMA HUERTA
As the fall season begins to approach, high schools across the country begin preparing for one of the most significant times in the eyes of their respective student bodies: homecoming season.
This year at CCHS, homecoming week festivities will take place from October 14 to October 18. Although homecoming falls on a short school week—October 17 is an early release date and October 18 is a teacher planning day due to the end of the first quarter—the Student Government Association (SGA) has planned for a week full of fun activities and dress-up days.
“The whole SGA class gets together to brainstorm themes and dress-up days for homecoming,” SGA Second Vice President Drew Okun said. “We like to take into consideration everything, such as how easy it is to dress up for and how fun it is.
Despite SGA’s continued efforts to make spirit week fun for all students, it’s impossible to please the entire student body. This year, students are expressing their indifference towards the planned spirit week more than ever. One of these students is junior Jean Daniel, who went so far as to make his own spirit week to appeal to more students.
“I felt the need to make new homecoming dates because me and my friends were so tired of seeing the same themes every year.”
“I felt the need to make new homecoming dates because me and my friends were so tired of seeing the same themes every year,” Daniel said. “So, I came up with ideas of my own.”
Rather than trying to make these secondary homecoming spirit dates official with SGA or any other school organization, Daniel wanted to represent what he felt the interests of CCHS students were. Thus, he created his list to share with friends, but before he knew it, his creation spread like wildfire.
“So, they [my friends] started posting it [on] social media and I started posting it on social media, and within the span of an hour I saw it on all my friends’ stories,” Daniel said. “I was extremely surprised [by] the amount of people that picked up on this trend. I have been getting so much support from everyone, even people that I don’t know.”
“Not everyone will love the homecoming days, and SGA can’t make everyone happy. I think this shows that the students at CCHS don’t have school spirit as much as SGA would like.”
Taking inspiration from other schools, Daniel wanted to create new homecoming spirit days, both as a joke and to show what he and others thought was a fair representation of the school’s students. Despite this playfulness, SGA did not appreciate Daniel’s efforts against their ideas.
“It was really upsetting to hear that someone didn’t like our homecoming week, and then created their own,” Class of 2021 Corresponding Secretary Madison Valachovic said. “Not everyone will love the homecoming days, and SGA can’t make everyone happy. I think this shows that the students at CCHS don’t have school spirit as much as SGA would like.”
A major, school-wide issue that clubs like SGA often face at CCHS is student apathy. However, many opportunities and events have been implemented in order to change this attitude, including class meetings for students to share ideas with their class officers.
“It’s actually very easy to have a voice in the school and what SGA does,” Okun said. “It just doesn’t make us feel good that people choose not to have a voice and then don’t like what we come up with. But, us SGA members deal with it accordingly, and we all make sure to spread the real themes to make sure everyone can be up to date.”
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