Photo: The 2017 Big Walnut High School Homecoming Court
Back row seniors: Jacob Troyer, Tori Buxton, Shane Swartzentruber, Aaliyah Mabe, Luke Melvin, and Becca Bogantz
Middle row juniors to sophomores: Jonny Gartner, Julia Wood, Aubrey Koon, and Cohen Andreini
Front row frosh: Maddy Watters and Garison Frisch
Gary Budzak | The News
Homecoming Week is a highlight of any school district’s year, but in Big Walnut, it’s a week-long event that brings out the entire district.
Kids of all grades dress up, decorate, try to out-pep the other grades, and go bananas in cheering on the Golden Eagles.
Among the events this year, there was a pajama day on Monday. Tuesday was about wearing the class color (Seniors black, Juniors red, Sophomores gray, Freshman blue), or crazy hats and socks. Wednesday was wear your best Hawaiian shirt day or mismatched clothes. Today, Thursday, is all about decorating lockers late on a previous night to be judged on participation and creativity based on different themes (Senior Jungle Survivors, Jingle Bell Juniors, Sugar-Coated Candyland Sophomores, Famous Frosh in Hollywood). Other classes will get to dress up as their favorite superhero.
Some fundraising has also been happening this week to help those hit by hurricanes; as well as a penny war by the elementary schools. The two schools who raise the most money in the penny war will have a joust between two staff members.
Tomorrow, Friday, is Red/Gold day, colors you’d best be wearing. At 9:30 a.m., there will be an Elementary Pep Rally at Big Walnut High School. Then at 1:30 p.m., the Senior Band, Cheerleaders and Football go to Big Walnut Middle School. Then at 5:30 p.m., the parade starts on Burrer Drive, and every class has a float, and everyone comes out to see it. At 6:30 p.m., the Homecoming Candidates and Court are introduced; and the National Anthem is played at 6:45 p.m.
Everything is judged, and trophies are awarded to the classes showing the most spirit and original cheer.
Oh yeah, there’s a football game as well. Big Walnut, stoked after getting their first win of the season, will try to avenge last season’s narrow loss to Franklin Heights.
Finally, there’s the Homecoming Dance, from 8-11 p.m. Saturday in the Auxiliary Gym. It’s semi-formal and non-BW students are permitted, with proper forms.
Angie Stooksbury, an English Teacher and Student Council Advisor at BWHS, has seen the event grow for the past 24 years.
“It started small now it’s a tradition and expectations are high to top it each year,” Stooksbury said. “The community has come together to support this. This has always been a great place to work. You can count on parent support. As you grow, there’s the fear that you’ll lose that support. But what’s been great and amazing to me is the larger the district has grown, the greater is the sense of community. I think that’s rare, and it’s special.”