BY CARLI UDINE
In preparation for Homecoming Week, beginning on Oct. 24 and lasting until the Homecoming Dance that will take place on Oct. 29 at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, students at the Bay have been working on ways to get ready for the festivities as well as the annual Homecoming Dance.
Sophomore Lauren Nau, member of the Student Government Association (SGA) and chair of the spirit days for homecoming, said the time leading up to the dance is one of the most stressful weeks of the school year.
“My committee, along with all members of SGA, has been working non-stop to come up with ideas to bring excitement and spirit to the school,” Nau said. “It is all worth it in the end to see all our hard work in action and to see students getting spirited and having a good time.”
With the spirit days revolving around television shows, Nau said SGA wanted to incorporate the opinions of the students for the theme.
“We went around during all lunches to see which themes and television shows would get the best feedback and reviews; I think this was the perfect way to involve all students and make this a school-wide effort, and that is what events like this are meant for,” she said. “I really feel like these dress up days will get all the students pumped up for the pep-rally at the end of the week.”
Junior Taylor Lessem, director of the Human Resources committee in SGA, said she is excited to see all of SGA’s hard work pay off and benefit the students.
“This year, SGA really tried to involve the students in preparing for homecoming. We wanted this to be an event that all students would look forward to and ultimately enjoy,” Lessem said. “I think involving the students by using tools like polls on Twitter to decide on dress-up days really helps SGA deliver to the needs and wants of the students.”
Junior Libby Motes said homecoming week is a time for students to express their individuality.
“I notice that during the dress-up days, so many students really put in the time and effort to show school spirit throughout the entire week. This really shows something about how students are passionate about our school,” Motes said. “In addition to just the spirit days, the dance is also so much fun and is a great way to see people from school in a different and more relaxed environment.”
Adding to the sense of individualism that comes with Homecoming Week, this week gives students something to look forward to.
“Homecoming is a great time to forget about the stress of school and enjoy time with friends,” Motes said. “I really feel like events like these are the ones that matter most in high school.”