CFHS Homecoming 2021


Jenna Graziano, Staff Writer/ Media Producer

It is Homecoming Week in The Forest!

Many people do not realize that the first Homecoming occurred over 150 years ago. The first celebrations were held at Baylor, Illinois and Missouri, in the 1870s. The first couple events mainly consisted of the same characteristics as they do now such as a football game, parades, rallies and school spirit. 

These Homecoming celebrations quickly became popular, and in the 1920s, it became an American tradition in the high schools and colleges. The alumni and students create a stronger sense of student pride and spirit. 

At Carolina Forest High School, the events are similar. We have spirit week, dress up days, class games, a pep rally, a parade and our big Friday night football game. In addition, each grade decorates a hall, highlighting the opposing team for the football game and our Homecoming theme. This year was  “Out of This World.” This year’s dress up days consisted of a space theme, jersey day, orange-out/neon day, white-out day and black-out day. 

Unfortunately, due to Covid, we had a virtual pep rally, but it was still amazing! Our Homecoming nominees, JROTC, cheerleaders, football team, class golf carts, middle school cheerleaders, football players and some future Panthers from the elementary school will march in a parade from the Tanger Outlets, all the way to Murphy’s Law on Friday afternoon. At 7:05, we’ll have our football kickoff under the lights, where the band will perform while each grade’s prince and princess and the senior class king and queen will be announced. 

With all these events happening all within a week’s time, it obviously requires a lot of effort and attention from several different teachers and student organizations. 

Mrs. Morgan Bane, our Student Council advisor, shares, “People may not realize, but we actually start planning Homecoming the previous school year, usually in May. Once the new school year starts, we dive right in to planning hallway and golf decorating, Spirit Week, the parade, the pep rally, and more. It is very time confusing, but getting to enjoy that time with our students and experience the positive energy during Homecoming Week makes it all worth it.”     

Some of the projects take several weeks to complete. Bayli Soles, our Student Body President, took about three weeks to complete our pep rally video. The video consisted of a hype video for all the fall sports, Homecoming nominees, grade games and an On-the-Streets clip. 

“Homecoming is a very stressful day, but at the end of the day it is all rewarding when you see all of the students dress up and have fun this week,” explains Soles. 

Homecoming here at Carolina Forest, along with any other school is a great way to get students involved with the school and have good spirit. Some teenagers might think it’s weird to dress up and participate. This is a great event to get students out of their comfort zone and to show some school spirit. 

We hope you have had an entertaining and enjoyable Spirit Week at CF! Make sure to watch the parade after school today and attend the Homecoming game at 7:30. Go, Panthers!