|By: Devon Arcuri and Robert Champagne
The Circus is Coming to Town!!!
Have your powdery makeup, rubbery red noses, and oversized shoes handy because the circus is coming to Lake Howell for the biggest event in October! This year’s homecoming theme, “A Night under the Big Top,” is an evening dedicated to the thrills and skills of a circus atmosphere. It may not be the Ringling Brothers or La Nouba, but Lake Howell’s very own one-night event unites all grade levels in a spectacular dance where students can mingle and have a magnificent time with one another.
Spirit Days: Join the Act!
- Wednesday: "Ringling Brothers Day" - Twin Day
- Thursday: "Clowing Around" - Dress like a Clown or Wacky Tacky
- Friday: "Main Event" - Blue and Silver Spirit
On Wednesday, October 12th, get prepared to have double vision! Or triple, or quadruple, or quintuple for that matter, because it is “Ringling Brothers” day! This multiplicity day is not for the independent spirits because with one person alone won’t be able to pull this off; they will need the help of their friends by customizing an identical outfit that all of you will wear! Be creative and get unique!
What you will wear on Thursday, October 13th, depends on your grade level and participation in Powder Puff. To Seniors and Juniors who are anxious to partake in this year’s game, girls are wearing their football uniforms and the cheerleaders will look glamorous in their apparel. To Freshmen, Sophomores, and any Juniors or Seniors not participating in Powder Puff, the theme of the day is “Clowning Around.” This is basically a tacky day, so make yourself as goofy as possible!
The week concludes on Friday, October 14th with the “Main Event”, and we will most definitely go off with a bang! Come ready to show your Silver Hawk pride! Paint your face blue or silver, create a LHHS t-shirt, and don’t forget to express your love for the school! Stick with the circus theme all week, and remember to follow the dress code!
Unfortunately the Monday and Tuesday of our Homecoming week, October 10th and 11th, we will not have the great pleasure of dressing up for spirit days. Nine week exams will take place on these days and the administration does not want our focus elsewhere.
Powder Puff: The Bearded Ladies
- What: Juniors vs. Seniors Ladies Football with Gentleman Cheerleaders
- Where: Richard L. Evans Field
- When: Thursday, October 13, 2011 from 7-9pm
- Cost: $6
It’s a fact that the Seniors rule the school, but Powder Puff is the one time each year where the Juniors are given the chance to challenge the Seniors for their power (and their bragging rights)! Thursday, October 13th, the Juniors, Class of 2013, and the Seniors, Class of 2012, will battle it out in an unusual mannerat 7pm at the Richard L. Evans Football Field! Instead of witnessing dazzling girls waving pom-poms and cheering for our impressive football studs, the tables have turned. The girls are now the stars on the field and the boys start rocking wigs and miniskirts that flaunt their finest attributes while redefining their features with the magical wonders of makeup. Mrs. Rivas-Cole, who is in chargeof the Powder Puff event, has seen an abundance of the male students take pride in their cross-dressing appearance over the past years, and she says it’s always the same. “It brings me great joy to see the men of Lake Howell embrace their inner female, but some need to embrace it a little more than others because some aren’t very attractive! At all! No matter what hair products, makeup, or clothes they use, they will never be pretty! It’s just not possible.” Rivas exclaims with a laugh. “Last year’s boys might have improved on their looks, but I am holding judgment until I see them.” She wishes that each and every guy who is participating in Powder Puff to stop by her classroom, Room 2-105, so that she may have that opportunity to judge them individually. Or if you’re scared of facing the truth, visit her in your group of spectacular cheerleaders.
Unfortunately last year, the Class of 2012 was not victorious to last year’s Seniors, the Class of 2011, and now they’re out for revenge. There’s no doubt that the Class of 2013 will be bringing their ‘A’ game! Mrs. Rivas even believes that this year is going to be “risky” and she is uncertain of the outcome. “This game determines how the Juniors and Seniors are going to be acting for the rest of the year. They need to relax. Girls, please file your nails, and to everyone, please do not act like homicidal maniacs.”
Varsity Football: The Main Event
- What: Varsity Football
- Where: Richard L. Evans Field
- When: Friday, October 14, 2011 from 7:30-11pm
- Cost: $6
Express your school spirit by rocking Blue and Silver! Support your Silver Hawks as they "Tame the Colonial Grenadiers!"
The Dance: A Night Under the Big Top
- What: Semiformal Event
- Where: Multipurpose Room
- When: Saturday, October 15, 2011 from 7-11pm
Student Government, along with Mrs. Barclay-Pollard, have been working together in order to make this one of the best Homecoming experiences the school has ever put forth. “The theme will be depicted more so than it has in the past. The décor will actually make you feel like you’re under a big top,” confirmed Mrs. Barclay-Pollard. With the main dance housed in the multi-purpose room, the surrounding area will be riddled with circus-themed decorations; even including festive refreshments such as popcorn and cotton candy. The theme, however, will not affect the students’ attire since it still is a semi-formal dance. You wouldn’t want to show up looking like a clown anyway!
Last year, as many students may recollect, the multi-purpose room was rather hot and sticky during the dance. This created quite the problem since the crowd began to sweat early in the evening. Luckily, it has been verified that this year the air conditioning will be working just fine all night. The cause of last year’s situation was our A/C expert was out sick and his replacement wasn’t trained on how to work the equipment. But under no circumstances will that mishap occur again, and will undoubtedly be a comfortable night to remember.
Now, what is a Homecoming without the time-honored court? The underclass princes and princesses have already been announced, while the Senior Class Homecoming King and Queen will be proclaimed during the dance. Residing on the court is an extraordinary honor that comes with several privileges that will make your peers jealous. Some of the benefits include discounted tickets for the underclass court and complimentary tickets for the King and Queen, a commemorative dance just for the royalty, as well as being showcased on floats during the Homecoming pep rally.
The Homecoming pep rally is another tradition that Lake Howell plans on continuing this year. It will be held on the football field with the students amassing in the visitors and home bleachers. Each club on campus will be represented with a student marching across the field, followed by a short parade of floats that select clubs have decorated in order to support Homecoming. Of course, the pep rally would not be complete without the crowd pumping up the football team for their Homecoming game this Friday, October 14 at 7:30pm against Colonial High School. Let’s “Tame the Grenadiers!”
Homecoming week is one of the busiest weeks of the school year; and with this year’s theme, the goofiness and antics will make this one of the craziest times of the year. If you haven’t bought your ticket yet, they are being sold today and tomorrow for thirty dollars and will be sold at the door for forty. The circus is coming to Lake Howell for one night only; don’t miss out!