Homecoming Welcomes New Tailgate Party

By: Evelyn Ortega and Dominic DeMauro

It’s the beginning of the school year, and for Alan B Shepard Highschool students they know homecoming is just around the corner. Just like any other high school student, homecoming is an event which allows students to be themselves and just have fun.

This year, Homecoming will take place on October 5 in the main gym. Homecoming has many new features this year that students are eager to see. 


As years have gone on, student council students have been coming up with new ideas such as pep rally, spirit week, and have even came up with the idea of having a tailgate instead of a parade as they had in previous years.


     This year’s spirit week themes were selected from a survey by students. Monday is PJ Day, Tuesday is Twin Day, Wednesday is Meme Day, Thursday was VSCO Day, but was later changed to 80s day,  and Friday is Class Color Day. Freshman wear orange. Sophomores wear gray. Juniors wear white, and seniors wear black.


     According to Joanna Stasiak, the student council advisor,  as the years have gone on, general interest in the parade seems to have worn off. Stasiak also said  this is their first time doing a tailgate and we hope to receive feedback and suggestions.


     The tailgate will have many games and activities and will be from 4:00-6:00 pm on the Rock Field. Lucky Burrito will cater the event. Certain clubs and teams will run different games and activities. According to Hanna, the goal is for the students to come right over to support the football team for their homecoming game.


     At the Tailgate there will be a photo booth run by Jen Glaz, Cotton Candy run by Kelsey Clifford, bag games run by student council, card and board games run by Game Club, face painting run by Taylor Burmeitser and the swim team.There will be a giant Jenga game run by GSA and Jason Nisavic, a giant Sorry Game run by Student Council, Giant Connect Four run by Student Council, and a giant inflatable obstacle course run by the student council.


This year’s homecoming theme is Fall Ball. As always, Boom Entertainment with My Boom Tour will be the DJ as they have for about the last ten  years.

Hanna, who has been running homecoming for 28 years says about 1100 students are expected to attend this year. This year Hanna will be opening the concession stand for students.

Today is the last day to purchase tickets for $20. The concession stand will be open during lunch periods on Friday, September 27 with tickets available for purchase. September 27-October 4, tickets will be $25 online, on the day of Homecoming tickets will be $30 at the door. Tickets will be able to be purchased online on My School Dance.

 Joanna Stasiak who was a part of student council when she was a student at Shepard, this is Stasiak’s fourth year as a coordinating alongside Hanna. 

 As always, there will be a Homecoming king and queen for the seniors. This year there will also be a prince and princess for the juniors. Nominations and votes are cast by the students. 


     Overall, students look forward to Homecoming week because it involves Spirit Week, the pep rally, the newtailgate, and finally the homecoming football Game. According to student council members, homecoming is the best dance and it allows students can be themselves, and enjoy the night while they can.