Homecoming is a time in the fall when high school students all over the country celebrate the schools they attend. While the tradition is alive and well at Elkin High School, not every student attended the big dance on Sept. 30.
Every year, there is a big build-up to the dance at the end of Homecoming Week. This year, Sept. 25-29 was Spirit Week when students got to dress up according to themes set for each day of the week, such as Team Tuesday or Throwback Thursday. On Friday afternoon, the whole town was invited to the homecoming parade, which went through downtown Elkin.
The parade consisted of the marching band, some sports teams, the homecoming attendants for each grade level and club in the school, and the previous year’s homecoming queen. On Friday evening, the varsity football team has its big homecoming football game, where the homecoming attendants came onto the field and the homecoming queen was crowned. To round out the week, the Homecoming Dance was held on Saturday night.
With such a fun-filled week, it is hard to understand why some students chose not to participate in any of the festivities, particularly the dance.
One of the main reasons is that some students think that they have to spend a lot of money to attend the dance. An EHS senior, Arwyn Shoemaker, said, “It can be expensive, unless you [find] good deals.”
Another big reason that students don’t attend homecoming is that it is not something that they are interested in. Kimberly Cruz, a freshman at Elkin High School, said, “I didn’t think [the dance] would be fun, but that is just my personality.”
Student shyness may affect attendance numbers, but cost can be managed with some planning since there are ways to cut down on the expenses associated with attending a dance. Teens can go to local consignment shops and thrift stores that sell dresses, dress clothing, or formal wear. They can re-wear outfits from previous dances, or even borrow something from a friend or relative.
“I was about to reuse my dress from freshman year,” said senior Mia Burchette. She had that option, but ended up purchasing a dress that she found on sale.
Most students agree there is no harm in buying, or borrowing, second-hand goods. Whether an expensive outfit can be purchased or not, the focus is on spending time with friends.
“I love taking pictures and going out to eat [with friends],” Shoemaker said.
Reanna Rice, Sydney Baker, Victoria Jolly, Madeline Morphis are English students at Elkin High School.