By Zandra Johnson
Homecoming is a serious tradition that has been practiced for over 100 years in America. It’s a time that embodies school spirit. The students, student council, staff, and the community rally together to make this a memorable time for all involved.
Troy High School had a full schedule for their homecoming week which was held from Oct. 8 through 12. The theme for their festivities was, “road trip,” and each class chose a different state to represent. The freshman had California, the sophomores had Nevada, the juniors had Hawaii, and the seniors actually had a different country, Canada. On Monday, setting the tone for the week, they decorated hallways as a friendly contest between grades. Judging was done by the teachers. The junior class stepped it up, and took home the win.
Starting on Tuesday, each day had a “dress code” for students to have some fun with their outfits. Tuesday’s theme was red carpet premier so students dressed nice, Wednesday’s theme was each class’s chosen state (or country). Thursday was pink out, so students dressed in support of breast cancer awareness. Friday was Trojan spirit day to show those maroon and gold colors.
On Tuesday, Bara’s Scavenger Hunt was held at the high school at 7 p.m. with Junior participants taking the win. On Wednesday night, the classes took to the football field for a tailgate dinner, bonfire and some heavy competition. Some of the games were a car pushing race, potato sack race, a team building ski race, volleyball, and a doughnut eating contest. The Juniors took out all three other classes for the win on game night.
Thursday afternoon’s homecoming JV volleyball game was an unfortunate loss to Big Fork.
Each day at lunch the classes competed in a dodgeball tournament ending the week with another win for the Junior class.
Friday, to get the students amped up for the end of homecoming week, a pep-rally was held during sixth period. At 5 p.m. students on floats, homecoming royal nominees in vintage cars, veterans, and a few fire trucks took to the streets of Troy for the annual homecoming parade. At 7 p.m. was the homecoming football game against Seeley-Swan High School. During half-time the classes waited to see who would receive the coveted spirit stick award, and it went to the juniors for their enthusiastic school pride and dominance in activity wins for the week. Second place was awarded to the seniors, third place went to the sophomores and the freshman class was in fourth place.
There was a bake sale, silent auction, and a 50/50 raffle at the game to benefit the student council. The raffle handed out a $145 prize to one lucky attendant.
Homecoming princess Talise Becquart and prince Dylan Peterson, and Homecoming queen Tristan Winebark and king, Ricardo Cincelli were also announced at the game. Just after half-time, a storm blew in with heavy wind and rain that really caught the teams and spectators off guard, but after a short time, it was gone and the skies were clear again. Although the game was a loss for Troy of 24 to 66, Troy scored some great touchdowns.
The students were able to move past the loss, and many attended the homecoming dance that followed.
Local businesses donated lumber for the bonfires on Wednesday and Friday, and the city and county delivered it and set it up. The Troy Volunteer Fire Department placed volunteers at the fire for safety precaution.
Homecoming creates a sense of belonging, and the high school students feel the support of their community beside them. They couldn’t have had this fun week without the help of others.
With another homecoming in the books, there’s much more to look forward to for the Troy Trojans this school year.
The junior class won the Spirit Stick during homecoming week. Photo courtesy of Christina Schertel, Troy High School Principal.