Prepping for HOCO 23'
By Joella Brooks -- Eagle Staff Writer
FCHS students were eager and excited for this year's 2023 Homecoming. From sponsors and students to themes and decorations, a lot of work went into planning Homecoming.
Homecoming sponsors teacher Laura Bird and administrator Allyson Lynch explained that the theme for this year was "Depths of Atlantis." The SCA debated themes and loved the 'Under the Sea' idea but wanted to make it elegant, "not 'Little Mermaid,'" Bird explained. Even the color scheme needed to convey sophistication. “The color scheme is white, cream, blue and a touch of gray. Think underwater elegance,” Bird described.
Students and sponsors explained that they prepare for homecoming in different ways. “I get ready and do my hair and do my nails and take pictures with my friends,” explained sophomore Abby Henegar. While students are picking out dresses and suits, Homecoming sponsors are working hard so that students can enjoy their night. Bird expressed how stressful and difficult planning an event this big can be. “The amount of time and care put into planning, preparing and executing this large of an event is massive. It is like planning a wedding rehearsal for 1000 people, and setting the ambience to make Central Gym feel like a special location is like planning for theater sets on Broadway.”
Leading up to Homecoming was Spirit Week, which is always exciting for FCHS students. It usually takes place the week of Homecoming with different themes for each day that line up with the Homecoming theme. Teacher and cheer coach Marsha Lopez and the Spirit Club are the organizers of the Spirit Days. This year's days were all beach and sea-themed. Monday 10/2 was Beach Accessories Day, Tuesday 10/3 was Tropical Tourist Tuesday, Wednesday 10/4 was Tidal Wave, Thursday10/5 was Country Camo Day, and Friday 10/6 was Red and White Day. The beach theme is a popular one with FCHS students. Many students agreed with sophomore Kayden Freeman who said, ”My favorite theme was probably the beach theme.”
Regardless of the theme, many students agreed that Spirit Week and the Homecoming game and dance are part of showing support for your school. "My opinion is I think it's good [to go to all the events] ....you don't have to go if you don't want to, but still show your school spirit,” Freeman shared. For Henegar, it's all part of making memories. "I think it's important because you get to live out your high school experience,” she explained.
Students and staff both worked extremely hard to make this year's Homecoming enjoyable and memorable. Homecoming sponsors put a lot of thought and dedication into making this year's theme and spirit week so that the students at FCHS could enjoy it, whether it's their first or last.