Night's events centered on theme, 'Once Upon a Homecoming'
FC will hold its 28th annual homecoming game this year, Oct. 26. FC will host Immanuel Christian at 7 p.m.. At halftime, all four floats compete for bragging rights and the 2012 homecoming court will be crowned.
Homecoming 2012 will bring rival private school, Immanuel Christian High, to FC's North Field, Oct. 26, starting at 7 p.m. Besides pageantry and floats, alumni, parents and FC hopes for a gridiron win, the homecoming court will be announced at halftime and the band will open the evening with a rendition of the National Anthem.
The theme of the night, "Once Upon a Homecoming," will be the center of all festivities involved in the week, including floats, dress-up days and decorations. The local Farmer Boys restaurant will be offering hamburgers, carne asada tacos and burritos, chili dogs and hot dogs, chicken strips and all the fixings for sale.
Each class will construct a float representing the theme they picked to correlate the 2012 theme. The senior class will portray their version of Shrek, while the juniors chose to build Alice in Wonderland. The sophomores will recreate The Wizard of Oz, and the freshman will create Peter Pan for their first float.
According to leadership advisor Rob Foshee, homecoming is a big family reunion where alumni, students and parents can have fun together and celebrate school spirit. He says it is also an event where students can get involved with their classes and peers.
"It's a fun way to get together and get excited about what's going on at school," Foshee said. "It's important, too, because it gives a lot of students a chance to help out with events. It's not just the same one person who's doing all the work."
FC senior Brandon McCormick is also excited about the homecoming game, but for a different reason than most of his classmates. McCormick does not expect a victory in the float competition, since his class has not really started on their float, but he hopes to have a win out on the football field.
"I'm looking forward to the King Dance," McCormick said. "I'm also excited about playing Immanuel because one of their coaches was a coach here at FC. I want to play him and hopefully win the game."
Katie Uribe, junior princess nominee, looks forward to this year's game and events. As a first-year FC student, she is excited to be a part of her first FC homecoming.
"I'm excited about homecoming and watching the floats," Uribe said. "I love the pretty dresses too. I'm also excited because I haven't ever been nominated for a homecoming before."
The 2012 Homecoming Court will include:
Freshman Princess Candidates:
Sophomore Princess Candidates:
Junior Princess Candidates:
Emma Kate Uribe
Senior King Candidates:
Senior Queen Candidates:
Homecoming week's school dress-up days correspond with this year's theme, "Once Upon a Homecoming."
Monday, Oct. 22: Mad Hatter Day, based on the movie Alice in Wonderland, students are encouraged to wear crazy hats.
The theme for Tuesday, Oct. 23, comes from The Wizard of Oz, and students will dress as their favorite Oz character. The Princess Pageant will also be held during chapel that day.
Wednesday, Oct. 24, is Pajama Day in honor of Sleeping Beauty. FC's annual Queen Pageant will also take place during chapel.
Thursday, Oct. 25, will be Pirate Day, and students should dress like pirates. The idea for this theme came from Peter Pan. Normally, the King Pageant is held on the day of the game, but this year, Student Leadership has chosen to have it on Thursday so the football players who are king nominees have a chance to rest and get ready for gametime.
FC's annual King Pageant will take place Oct. 25, during chapel. Normally, the pageant is held on Friday, but Leadership decided to move it to the day before homecoming game. This will give the football player nominees time to rest and ready themselves for gametime.
The student body will show support for the football team by having a school Spirit Day, Friday, Oct. 26. Student leadership will hold a rally in the FC Gym during chapel to stir up students for the events that night.
All chapels during homecoming week will be held between fifth period and lunch, from 12:10-12:45 p.m..
Matt Adams, '13, is not too excited about the homecoming game but looks forward to the annual King Dance.
"I like going, but I don't really care about the game," Adams said. "The thing I like is the King Dance. I've done the light show for three years, and it will be fun doing it for the guys I really know."
Rosenthal remembers watching the queen videos as a seventh and eighth grader and thinking, 'Wow, they're old.' Now in her senior year, she is glad to be a part of homecoming for her last year of high school.
"I was nominated for princess during my freshman and junior years," Rosenthal said. "I think this year I'm most excited about the games, though; they're the most exciting part. At least as queens we don't have to eat disgusting foods again."
Although each member of the court will have to play in the games for the top spot in their class, Rosenthal does not anticipate any relationships suffering and senses a healthy and fun competition in the making.
"I've gotten to know all the girls who are queen nominees and they're all really cool girls," Rosenthal said. "I'm really excited for all of the activities we get to go through together."
Football game admission fees are $5 for FC alumni, $6 for regular adults, $4 for seniors, and $4 for students with student ID. FC students (K-12) with student ID and kids 5 and under are free.
For more news, read the Oct. 9 article Library gains new computers, improves availability. For a wrap-up of the 2011 homecoming, read BREAKING: Seniors, candidates highlighted at homecoming.