Homecoming or nocoming, get ready for ‘a night under the stars’


Fara Wiles

Homecoming spirit week started with Jersey Day Monday. Featured here is Marcell Whitfield, a senior, surrounded by Caleb Johnson and Ellie Kuzniewski.

Hailey Bombard, Staff Writer

The homecoming dance was canceled, but that doesn’t mean homecoming is.  

Although the homecoming dance was originally scheduled for Oct. 23, it was cancelled due to safety concerns regarding COVID-19: however, SCA still thought of many other activities, spirit days, themes, etc. for homecoming week.

“My favorite spirit day probably had to be Jersey Day,” said Melanie Dunaway.

The school will have a “Homecoming Under the Stars” event on Oct. 23, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at OL’s student parking lot. There is a limit of 250 students. There will be corn hole, spike ball, music, food and more. The attire is semi-formal, meaning dress as if it’s a normal homecoming. Masks are encouraged and will be provided if needed. Parents can drops of students at the bus circle and students may be allowed to park within the bus circle. Tickets were sold for $10 during A-day lunches the week before homecoming, sales ended Oct. 21. 

“Everyone will be put into groups and given a parking spot that can fit up to four people each, and they will be spaced out to keep groups socially distanced,” said SCA officer and homecoming planner Naya Thompson. Only 250 students are able to attend, and it will be held from 7- 9:30 p.m.

Homecoming nominations were held on Oct. 4 and ended on Oct. 8., and the finalists for homecoming court were announced during Friday’s virtual assembly and will also be announced at OL’s neon glow homecoming football game on Oct. 22. 

“Not being able to have a homecoming freshman year was really disappointing because I was super excited to go dress shopping with friends, go to the dance, not worry about school and just have fun and make memories,” said sophomore Katelyn Snow.

Though homecoming is not the same as previous years, the SCA, faculty, and staff continues to work together to find new ways to build spirit.

“I am very much hoping that it will all be back to normal next year, so we can have a normal homecoming because being a sophomore I have never been able to experience one,” said Katelyn.