St. Paul’s was on fire with school spirit in celebration of Homecoming Week. Throughout the week, the students and faculty participated in dress-down days and other spirit activities, eventually leading up to the homecoming pep rally and football game on Friday and the homecoming dance for sophomores, juniors, and seniors on Saturday.
The start of the week brought Mythological Monday, a day where the students donned their wizard caps and shook the rust off their magical staves and swords to dress up as their favorite mythological creatures and characters. Costumes ranged from warlocks to a dragon in jeans and a hoodie. One Nick Davis even brought a homemade wooden sword to go with his Camp Halfblood shirt to really dive into the role of Percy Jackson. At the same time, brother Zach Davis put on his cowl and picked up his staff to become Gandalf the Grey from the popular Lord of the Rings series. Many other colorful costumes dotted the campus as everyone expressed their love of the magical and supernatural.
Following up on this could only be Tuxedo Tuesday, when students came to school dressed in their best threads to show off their class. The sports jackets, tuxedo vests, bow-ties, neckties, and blazers of all different sizes and colors filled the campus with enough professionalism to put businessmen to shame.
Next came Wednesday, otherwise known as Thriftshop Day. It was this day that everyone wore their shiftiest and thriftiest clothes to show that they were the best at looking the worst. There were mismatched socks, torn marshmallow jackets, ripped jeans, and outdated bowling shirts everywhere, and the whole school was decked out in unsightly and outdated clothing.
Thursday arrived, and Lumberjack Day kicked off. With Lumberjack Day, everyone got to embrace their inner outdoorsman; students came in their plaid flannel shirts, blue jeans, work boots, and beanies. One Pete Vicari even went so far as to bring his luscious fake lumberjack beard for the occasion. The only thing that was missing from the outfit was the ax and/or chainsaw. Sadly, school regulations would not allow for them to bring such items on campus.
When Friday came at last, it was time for the pink-out. Everyone came dressed in their pink attire to raise awareness for breast cancer. In anticipation for the football game that night, all the students came in their pink shirts, pink shorts, pink socks, pink ties, and pink baseball caps. The pink day was a last minute change from the originally scheduled Toga Day, where students would have dressed out in their best bed sheets to become not-so-ancient Greeks.
After classes ended, the entire school gathered into the assembly center to get excited for the game with a pep rally.
The Friday night came quickly, and the time had come for some good old fashioned football. The Wolves went up against the formidable opponent that is Northshore High School. Through the grueling back-and-forth between the two teams, the intense performance of the band, and the rowdy student section, it truly was a sight to behold.
When the dust settled, the Wolves came out on top with a score of 27-10, a big victory. The crowd unleashed an uproar that shook Hunter Stadium to its core. Coming off the win, the students had the homecoming dance to look forward to the following evening.
The doors to the Briggs Assembly Center opened at 7 p.m. Saturday night to officially begin the Homecoming Dance. St. Paul’s students arrived with their dates and began to steadily file into the Assembly Center, ready to have a good time. The attendees walked in to a blaring sound system operated by student DJs Garrett Grass and Logan Cook. Several teachers and administrators, as chaperons, monitored the crowds of people to ensure that order was kept.
Towards the end of the dance, the homecoming court was announced, consisting of junior maid Gabrielle Chaix, senior maid Maggie Otillio, senior maid Juliette St Romain, and queen Megan Haydell. They were escorted by Ethan Desforges, Jack Genova, Brett Feringa, and Ryan O’ Krepki, respectively. After the court was announced, the crowd began to leave the assembly center. The assembly center was empty by 11 o’clock, all of the attendees heading home after a night of dancing and fun.
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The 2014 Homecoming Court and Escorts:
Photos by Ethan Molitor, except where noted.