Would you consider homecoming a necessary part of high school? Most people would say yes. And I would agree, not because homecoming is the most fun thing ever, but because there is a social pressure to take part in homecoming week and to have fun in high school. No one wants to be the outsider in high school, so having school spirit by going to football games and participating in homecoming activities such as the parade, paint the street, the powder puff game and the movie on the lawn, makes those who attend feel more included.
Britt Shunn-Mitchell, a senior, shared her homecoming experience with me. Shunn-Mitchell, like most students, first went on a day date which she said was “mudding,” then dinner at Olive Garden. The dance started at around 8 or 9 and ended at 11 , a basic high school homecoming experience.
My personal favorite thing about homecoming is the football game. The homecoming game seems to have more school spirit than any other game and that makes it more fun.
Most students love going to the homecoming game, showing school pride and going to the dance. But we have to remember school is about education, not football, not dances and not even school pride. It sounds weird, but if we put too much focus on other things such as sports, dances and homecoming week, we lose the educational environment we’re supposed to maintain at school.
Thus, some may feel that taking homecoming away would help students focus more on academics, but I disagree. If all you did was come to school, do your work, go home and do homework, then do it all over again, wouldn’t you be miserable? Having something else besides school work to look forward to, like football games or dances, helps students enjoy coming to school and stay focused so that they can have good enough grades to participate in all of the fun activities.