2014 Homecoming exceeds expectations New elements add excitement to Homecoming Festivities

From spirit competitions to a neon light dance party, 2014 Homecoming exceeded student expectations.

“This year’s Homecoming was definitely the best one I have ever been to here at West Linn High School,” Sarah Oliveras, junior, said.

Not only did ASB and Leadership plan the assembly, tailgater and dance, but they also prepared a carnival primarily aimed at elementary and middle school students. This event doubled as a fundraiser for the WLHS clubs.

“I worked at the pumpkin decorating station during the carnival. I was impressed that we had so many kids come out for the event,” Haley Wagy, junior said.  “It was awesome to be able to put smiles on kids faces and raise money for WLHS activities.”

While the younger students participated in the carnival, teens enjoyed the annual Tailgater complete with free food, and drinks. A new addition to the Tailgater included booths put on by local restaurants, which added a new dynamic to the event.

“The tailgater was way better this year because of the vendors. It was an unexpected surprise,” Wagy said.

After eating their fill, students shuffled into the stadium to witness a nail biting first half. The audience’s excitement grew as football players hustled off the field and the Homecoming Court rode in.

“This year’s Homecoming Court had such a genuine feel to it! I felt like the student body really cared about who they voted for,” Kaylee Combs, senior ASB member, said. “Crowing showcased some really amazing West Linn students.”

Following the stormy football game, high school students made their way to the baseball field for the annual Homecoming Dance. Held in a tent to keep away the rain, this dance boasted modern light displays and a sound musical playlist.

“The tent was the biggest we have ever purchased for the Homecoming Dance,” Combs said. “Previously students ended up being shuffled to the outskirts because it couldn’t hold everyone. This tent was perfect!”

Overall the Homecoming activities exceeded students expectations, and new elements helped to make the event even more successful.