What is Homecoming? A time of tradition where we welcome home the alumni and former students of our Delta High School. A time where we show our school spirit and a week that consists of fun events and our Homecoming football game.
Delta High School follows many traditions for our Homecoming week. At the beginning of the week STUCO put on a game of capture the flag and a bonfire. The students who attended learned the chants that are done at our school and sports events, and played a game of capture the flag for class points, which go toward points for the class competitions.
"The bonfire is one [tradition] and it's also unique to our area. Not everyone is still allowed bonfires, but we are lucky [that we] get to claim that as a long time tradition," said Shawna Magtutu, one of the DHS counselors.
The bonfire is just one of the many traditions that the high school has followed for many years for Homecoming week. Another tradition would be that throughout the week, not only did high school students dress up, but the middle school and elementary students dressed up as well. Each day was a fun dress-up day and most kids really enjoyed it.
"It makes school a little crazy," said Renee Cronenberg, a math teacher at the high school. "The girls love it usually more than the boys. But this week, I've noticed a lot of boys have been goofy and have enjoyed it."
However, the night that holds most of these traditions is the night of the Homecoming football game. On this night the varsity football team plays a game and then the marching band and color guard put on the halftime show. After this, the royalty from each grade are crowned and the senior king and queen are announced. The senior class torch is also lit.
These traditions have been carried throughout Delta High School for years now. Even though some traditions have been dropped, the few that are still carried out mean a lot to the community and the alumni of our high school.
Cheri Reece, Delta High School's counselor secretary, said, "I think it's so fun. Such a good way to build relationships within our school. I think it's very important to carry out those traditions. My parents graduated Delta High School. All my siblings, my aunts and uncles, and so it just feels like a family thing. It makes you feel like the school is continuing those values."
"I like to tell myself if you're not having fun in what you're doing, then you're not doing it right, and sometimes school can get monotonous and we forget and get lost in stress and the day to day life of school and grades and deadlines. This is kind of just the chance to let down our hair, have fun, do dress-up days and celebrate what it means to be a Panther," Magtutu said.