West students and alumni will celebrate Homecoming Week, including the annual kick-off assembly, spirit days, pep rally, halftime crowning ceremony and dance, Oct. 3-8.
“Homecoming week is all about showing how much you love your school and how much you love the people in your school,” Senior Class President Jackson Whiting said. “It’s about being almost a little bit crazy in a way that supports your school.”
Spirit Week days will include Monday, Rocker vs. Rapper Day; Tuesday, Asheville Day with a drum circle at lunch; Wednesday, Mom and Dad Day; Thursday, Salad Dressing day; and Friday, Falcon Friday.
One of these days has caused some confusion among students, Student Government Association President Samuel Littauer said.
“On Salad Dressing Day, we wanted to make sure kids had the freedom to dress like whatever they wanted on a certain day,” Littauer said. “On that day, students can pick a different salad dressing, like ranch, Italian, Greek, or thousand island and dress as they would for that salad dressing. For instance, if you were ranch, you would dress like a rancher.”
At halftime of the Pisgah game on Friday, the 2016 homecoming queen will be crowned by 2015 queen Julianna Goode, a freshman at Gardner-Webb University. Students will choose the queen from among the six senior representatives, Mary Catherine Ball, Lindsey Crawford, Gracie Fender, Cora Hilliard, Anna Morrison and Audrey Reed.
“Getting 13 girls and 13 escorts together to decorate the stage for the assembly and get them rehearsed for the assembly and rehearsed for the halftime ceremony is the only really difficult part of my homecoming job,” Chief Senior Sponsor Brenda Gorsuch said.
Gorsuch’s journalism students will sponsor the homecoming dance on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 8:30 to 11:30 in the commons area. Tickets are $7, and students are asked to dress to impress.
“On Friday, there will be a pep rally. This’ll be when we show the skits for each class, and their theme was ‘West Side, Strong Side.’” Littauer said. “We chose the theme because it’s true. West Henderson is the best school in the county, and that’s a fact. We had 74 N.C. Scholars last year, almost double what everyone else had. We got millions of dollars from academic scholarships, more money in academic scholarships than any other school in the county. Every single sport at West last year except for two had winning records, too. We’re leagues above all of the other schools, and we wanted to celebrate that.”
The underclassman representatives include juniors Parker-Paige Boline, Grace Gash, and Cami Wolf; sophomores Shelby Frady and Shylee Stocks; and freshmen Rylie Hernandez and Susan McGarry.
By: Alyssa Paull