Coming Home With a Touchdown

By Danessa Allen, Amarise Buanteo, Jessica Guerreca, Michael Kenner, Autumn Marrinan, Hannah Mildenberger,  Amela Nevaljalovic, Carlos Reyna

Homecoming week is always an important and exciting week for all students. It has become a tradition for most of the schools in the United States of America. Sterling High School had a very interesting Homecoming week this year. First of all, students had to dress up for each day during the week of Oct. 9. Each day had its special costume day. The first day was Colorado day, the second one was Safari day, the third Holiday day, the fourth Redneck day (which was the funniest one, according to the students) and the last day (Friday) was Tiger spirit day. It was fun watching students dress up as Safari explorers and old cowboys!

The most exciting part of the week was the pep rally, which was held on Friday, Oct. 17. The students that had the most fun at the pep rally were exchange students. This was a new experience for them, especially because none of their countries celebrate Homecoming. Chat Theerakitpaisal, an exchange student from Thailand said that even though she did not participate in the pep rally games, it was really fun watching it. Also, this was Chat’s first and probably last Homecoming dance.

“We don’t have Homecoming in Thailand, and because of that it was very fun going to the dance. I loved it! The best part about it was having dinner at friend’s a house and how all of us (friends) took pictures, and of course the dancing was great! I enjoyed it very much,” said Chat.

Chat made memories which she will treasure always. Another exchange student also had some good things to say about their first and last Homecoming experience.

Ons Laroussi, a girl from Tunisia, also had her first dance here in the USA, as well as her first pep rally.

“This was an amazing experience, especially because we don’t have these dances in my country. The thing I will remember the most is definitely dancing with my friends all night long.”

This was Ons’ first time dressing up for a Homecoming week and about the pep rally she said: “It was so nice of them (teachers and staff) to put on a slide show like that. It really felt like we are a part of a large family.’’

The entire Homecoming week, the game and the dance were a great way of showing kids from all around the world, from Europe to Africa, how a high school dance and spirit works.

We hope that they all had an amazing time and that all of the exchange students will remember this week as one of the best weeks of their exchange year.

Homecoming week went pretty great at SHS and hopefully the next years’ Homecoming will be even more fun.

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Dancing For Victory

On Saturday, Oct. 15, the students of SHS gathered at Tiger Den for the annual Homecoming dance. The dance takes place the night after the Homecoming football game. The night consists of hours of fun with free food, and a D.J. to play music that you and your friends could dance to. However, some of the attendees of the dance had some problems with the songs that were played at the dance.

Junior Amarise Buanteo said, “The music at the dance wasn’t that great. A large majority of the songs played were country, and that’s not really something you can dance to.”

Quite a few of the students had the same complaint.

Overall, the dance was full of fun. There were many opportunities to dance with dates and friends. There was free food at the Homecoming dance, which consisted of cookies, pretzels, jelly beans, and many other treats. The night was full of fun, and the songs consisted of everything from “Little Things” by One Direction to the “Cha Cha Slide” by DJ Casper. The Homecoming King and Queen shared a dance at some point in the night, celebrating their victory. The Homecoming King and Queen for 2016 were Logan Kiefer and Jenna Maxwell. The rest of the night was filled with fun for all the students that attended the event.

The 2016 Homecoming dance happened on Saturday at the Tiger Den gym, starting at 7 p.m. It was on the day directly after the Homecoming game in which the Sterling Tigers won against Platte Valley. It ended at approximately 11:10 p.m, only 10 minutes after the originally planned end time.

The school appeared to use the same DJ and gym they always use. The gym appeared to be just big enough for everybody and the DJs (there were two of them working together) did their job.

The theme was Hawaiian or Luau, something beach-like. Fake trees and leis were seen all around the gym. The entrance into the building after visiting the entrance fee table was where wallpaper was plastered, which most likely meant to give a feeling of being on beach, despite being in Northeastern Colorado and in the middle of the United States of America where there aren’t any beaches to be seen within miles.

Senior Jonathan Deleon said that he did not like the theme of the dance. “Not very many trees. I didn’t even know there was a theme. They (the people who ran and set up the Homecoming dance) did not try very hard,” he said.

Junior Brenna Swenson said that she also did not know that there was a theme to the dance.

Some of the songs that were played are “Uptown Funk” sung by Bruno Mars, “Hips Don’t Lie” by Shakira, “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor, and “Sexy And I Know It” and “Party Rock Anthem” both songs by LMFAO.

One of the songs that people screamed at when they heard the very first note of the song was “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey. Practically everybody sang to the song and the DJ encouraged everybody to do so.

“Cupid Shuffle” by Cupid was played twice at the dance and many danced to it. “Cha Cha Slide” by DJ Casper was played once and many people also danced to it.

Deleon said, “The mass migration of everybody dancing together was the best part. Everybody was unified.”

Swenson said that the worst part was being around a large group of people and that it made her feel claustrophobic.

The DJ also took requests. They laid a notebook to the side of the stage along with a pen, that began to run out of ink after a while, to let people write down what songs they would like to play.

Deleon said that the song choices were “terrible” and that “the DJs just should not have played “Gas Pedal” by Sage the Gemini.”

Swenson agreed.

Some of the songs requested were “We Will Rock You” by Queen, “Jessie’s Girl” by Rick Springfield, and “Welcome To The Black Parade” by My Chemical Romance, but the DJ did not have enough time to play by the end of the night.

Deleon said that he would have included “Gangnam Style” by Psy in the songs played. Swenson said she would have liked the DJs to play “Amnesia” by Five Seconds of Summer.

Quite a few people just sat on the chairs and bleachers set up for them and enjoyed the music while occasionally getting up to request a song.

Deleon said that students should still have control over what songs are played despite not liking the song choices at the dance.

“Creative thinking. They should get a say in what songs are played even if they are bad,” he said.

Swenson also believed that students should still have control over songs. “Everyone’s opinion matters.”

The entrance fee was 10 dollars and was partially run by Science teacher Paula Etl. Etl took the money and checked the students I.D. People who paid to go to the Homecoming dance could then go on into to the gym.

Drinks such as Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, and Gatorade and others were one dollar whereas the food was free. They served cookies and chips among other food.

Deleon said that the free food was also one of the best parts, but the drinks being one dollar was not great.

Deleon said that he would have liked there to be more activities to do other than dancing. He suggested that they add beanbag toss and three-legged races.

Swenson also would have liked there to be more activities. She said that they could have added face painting and board games, among other things.

Swenson also said that this year’s Homecoming was definitely better than the previous ones and she did not regret going.

Despite rating the dance 0 out of 5 paws, Deleon said that he did not regret going to the dance. He did not say why.
Tigers Pounce on the Devils

On Friday night the Tigers played against the Fort Lupton Devils at SHS. It was an important game to the Tigers, as the Homecoming game is one of the most important parts of Homecoming. The Tigers took the victory against the Devils with a final score of 49-16. Two special guests also came out, which was a  t-Rex and Tigger.  They had Daniel Spoon, a manager of the football team,  escorted by the fireman and police officers, bring in the game ball.  All the football players lined up on the end of the field facing the crowd while he brought in the game ball.  During the first quarter both teams kept getting flagged for a false start a few times, making the quarter longer than expected.
As the first quarter began, the Devils had scored their first touchdown outing them in the lead 9-0. It wasn’t long until the Tigers came back with a touchdown, leaving them just a few points behind the Devils. The Tigers were soon in the lead by the second quarter, leaving the Devils behind. Though most of the timeouts were short and there wasn’t much time to talk, it was still  a great homecoming game and a lot of hard work and effort was thrown into the game. A lot of Tiger fans had come to the Homecoming game, making the student section more alive than it has ever been before. Everyone is proud of the Tigers and the win they brought home, making the homecoming week better than it was before.
    Costumes and Controversy

In the tradition of Homecoming past, students were allowed to show their school spirit through various costumes. Certain items have caused an uproar with controversies, such as face paint, confederate flags, Donald Trump masks/costumes, dress code,and Clowns. According to Student Council, they didn’t really expect there to be many controversies surrounding the days they chose.

Finding days that would be school appropriate seemed to be the biggest issue that Student Council President, Amanda Scherbarth, was worried about. She said she worried about people getting offended over certain days, and taking advantage of being able to dress up.  The biggest issue seemed to be over people wearing face paint. Student Council said they didn’t expect that Mr. Beardsley would be against face paint.  Another big problem was controversy around “Redneck Day.” Some felt that the day would allow people to be “offensive,” while others felt that there were too many restrictions because they weren’t allowed to use confederate flags.

Outside of the many controversies surrounding the spirit days, multiple students thought that the week was very successful.

“It was super fun, I loved seeing all the people participating and dressing up!” said junior Bailey Rauch.

While many complained that the days were either overused or boring, many people dressed up and enjoyed themselves. The most popular day seemed to be Redneck Day, despite the controversies. Everyone seemed to enjoy “making fun of themselves,” and liked that most people already had everything they needed to dress up.

Overall, the week seemed to be a success, and despite all the drama, most seemed to enjoy the fun week of dressing up.

At the end, we can say that Homecoming was a fun event with only a little complaining. It was great that many students from other countries who never got the experience of Homecoming and Spirit Week finally got the chance to do so. We can just hope that next year’s will be even more fun and everybody enjoys it more than this year’s.