Homecoming season has returned to Elk Grove, and the students of Cosumnes Oaks High School prepped for several weeks for their campus activities.
COHS kicked off the event with the Homecoming Rally on Friday the 22nd. Many school groups, including leadership, cheer, Poly Club and CO’s dance team, HYPE, performed to a gym packed with their peers. During the rally, leadership announced the Homecoming Court, made up of ten students elected by classmates.
The next week, it was time for CO’s most spirited to shine. Students dropped their usual wear and dressed for spirit days: Musical Monday, Tie Dye Tuesday, CHAD (Crazy Hair and Dress) Wednesday, Tropical Thursday, and Float Friday. For some, this meant stepping outside of their comfort zone, but the campus’ positive atmosphere rewarded those brave enough to participate.
After spending the school day in costume, many CO students stayed on campus to build their class float. This year’s theme was “Iconic Movies”; the freshmen were Back to the Future, the sophomores were Grease, Juniors were Wizard of Oz, and Seniors were Jaws. Students toiled for hours after classes to make the perfect float. While the work was difficult, students like senior Promise Johnson enjoyed the challenge, saying “being able to participate in the parade [and] seeing all our hard work come together… was a fun experience and definitely something I wish I could do again”.
Their hard work was showcased on Friday in the Homecoming Parade. Many of CO’s sports teams, clubs and organizations joined the procession as well, all competing for the title of best float or spirit truck. It was announced later that day at the homecoming football game that LEAD Club won best club float and the senior class of 2018 took the prize for class float – their second winning year at COHS. Also announced were the official homecoming king and queen, Quinn Iniguez and Udochi Mbonu. “I didn’t think I was going to win,” Mbonu remarked. “Everyone else was very nice and were well known, so I was [surprised] to hear my name”. Students crammed into the stands, decked out in blue and orange, to cheer on the JV and varsity teams.
The week’s activities all culminated last Saturday at the Homecoming Dance. After an entire week of wacky outfits, CO’s students went semi-formal for the night. Students had a blast on the dance floor, including freshman Genevieve Sterns, who loved ”[getting] to hang out with all her friends and dance”. Sterns also appreciated the smaller details of the event, including the “multi-colored light up dance pad” and outdoor areas available “if you needed a break from dancing”. Celebrating with friends was a nice moment of relief and unity – just what students needed before the stress of final exams this week took hold.