From Sept. 6 to Sept. 9, students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School prepped for the Homecoming dance through participating in various dress up days and themed activities. Homecoming took place on Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Marriott Harbor Beach in Fort Lauderdale, and had the theme of “extreme.”
Leading up to Homecoming, there was a four day spirit week. It included Tailgate Tuesday where students dressed up in various sports jerseys from both collegiate and professional teams. Following Tuesday’s theme was Wacky Wednesday, where students and staff were encouraged to dress wacky, such as wearing mismatched clothes or bright colors. In addition to the themed days, there were various activities that took place during both lunch periods, including musical chairs, cornhole, and karaoke.
“I am most excited for Tailgate Tuesday so I can wear my favorite college team’s merchandise,” senior and Vice President of Student Government Blake Handfinger said.
On Thursday, students represented their grade level by wearing their class colors: Freshman wore green, sophomores wore blue, juniors wore red, and seniors wore black.
The annual pep rally was held during fourth period in the gym. It pumped up all the students for the Homecoming football game held on Thursday night, which was played against Plantation High School. The event highlighted MSD’s sports and dance teams, as well as a powder puff dance where the cheerleaders made up a dance for a selected group of boys.
“I am the most excited for powder puff because it will be really fun to dance in front of the whole school with my friends,” sophomore Darren Edenbaum said.
Friday, the final day of spirit week, was themed Country vs. Country club. Students either dressed up as a cowboy or preppy, as if they were going to a country club. Following the end of the day, there was a carnival held in the courtyard that included a petting zoo, games and activities to get students engaged.
“Spirit week gives students a way to come together, express themselves, and show their school spirit,” junior Maya Gordon said.
Spirit week is a fun tradition at MSD where all students get to dress up, play games, watch sports, and get ready for homecoming. This spirit week was a success as many students showed spirit throughout the week. Homecoming 2022 was an extreme one.