Homecoming dance replaces traditional winter formal


Hadley Davis, Editor of The Fourth Estate

   Each year a momentous occasion dawns on Bartlesville High School. Homecoming. With dress up weeks ranging from meme day to PJ day,  homecoming is always a sure fire way to amp up school spirit.

   This year homecoming is the week of Sept. 24-Sept. 28 with the dance the Saturday following the game, Sept. 29. Our game this year is against Sapulpa Chieftains on the 28th at 7:00. The theme decided upon this year is Rumble in the Jungle.

   “The homecoming theme is typically supposed to tie together the mascots of both schools but this year we decided to center it around our mascot rather than theirs,” said Student Body President, Aarya Ghonasgi.

   Come to the game decked in your one-of-a-kind monkey suit or just throw on a tiger shirt. Regardless of your outfit, you don’t want to miss this game.

   The homecoming game isn’t the only event of the evening that students are looking forward to this year. Replacing the traditional Snowball dance this year is the new Homecoming semi-formal.  

   “We decided to have a homecoming dance instead of snowball because of the dates and weather,” Assistant Principal, Marsha Fouts said. “Snowball falls around Christmas time. Families are trying to plan their budgets for Christmas and providing the additional cost for a semi-formal dress is a lot.”

   The rules for Snowball apply to Homecoming. Tickets are $10 and if your date is not a student at BHS than you must fill out a visitor form from the libraries and return it to Mrs. Hendrix in room 215 by Sept. 24.

   Like most school events, you must be eligible to attend.

   “We will review their [student’s] attendance during tutorial sessions as well as work recently completed and turned in and teacher feedback,” Fouts said.

   The theme decided upon by Stu-Co was Enchanted Forest. It relates to the game’s theme but is more fitting for a semi-formal dance.

   “It’s basically a classy jungle,” Senior Class President, Lane Cabler said.

   The amount of planning that goes into a dance begins weeks and months in advance to the actual date of the dance. There are posters to be made, decorations to be bought, and a venue to set up.

   “We have been talking about it [the dance] and planning it since this summer,” Cabler said. “Lots of laughs and shared experiences and countless meetings go on to put on a dance.”

   The homecoming dance is a tradition that BHS hopes to continue in place of snowball for years to come. It is a tradition many other schools opt for in place of a winter formal and it’s a tradition that the high school is excited to take part in this school year.

   Stu-Co has worked tirelessly behind the scenes for this year’s homecoming and they hope you enjoy what they have in store for you in the coming week full of homecoming events and school spirit. But above all else they hope that you stay safe and have fun this homecoming.