Homecoming Celebrated with Parade, Door and Hallway Decor


Hadia Khatri, Writer

Following the football game against Plano East on Friday, STUCO has planned the Homecoming dance to be held in the Plano West Courtyard on Saturday, October 9th. The dance will be held after a series of spirit days, the hallway/door decoration contest, and the Homecoming parade and pep rally.

“This year’s theme is ‘West After Dark,’” said Jack Waide, senior class president. “It’s the combination of the two most popular themes we brainstormed, a haunted theme and a city theme, since the votes for both were really close.” Clubs, sports teams, and other organizations are supposed to decorate according to this theme from September 29th to October 5th.

After the decoration week, there will be a Homecoming parade on October 6th. “The parade will start on Yeary Rd., wrap around to Willowbend Dr., and end up in the competition gym for the pep rally,” said Ava Dawson, senior body president. “Clubs and sports teams can participate by contacting Diana Parker at the front desk, and then can decorate trailers, trucks or even big cars like jeeps as their ‘floats.’”

This pep rally is the first this year that is inside the gym. Both the royales and the cheer teams are excited since a majority of the audience can actually see their performance this time. “We have prepared a really cool dance, with a mix of hip hop, and we are excited to show it off on Wednesday!” said Dani Kafka, one of the cheer captains. Cheer is also decorating the downstairs B hall.

“This is the first pep rally where we’ll truly get to perform as a team,” said Omer Tzivon, senior, Royales captain. “Additionally, that Friday we’ll perform a production routine at the West vs East game, and it’s going to be extremely engaging!” The Royales are also decorating the cafeteria balcony for Homecoming decorations.

The football game will happen on October 8th, in Clark Stadium against Plano East from 7 to 10pm. The General Admissions tickets are $4 and the Reserved Seating tickets are $8; ticket sales end at 1:00pm before the game starts.

The dance itself will be on October 9th. “Homecoming is going to be outside in the Plano West Courtyard so that more people can come, especially ones that are at high risk for Covid,” said Waide. “There’s also no sound restriction if it’s outside so the music can be as loud as we want.” PISD has prohibited large outdoor school gatherings for the 1st quarter only so Prom in Spring semester may be indoors.

“Tickets are $25 each; but if you have free or reduced lunch, you can get a discounted price of $15 if you go to the front desk and verify that,” said Dawson. You can purchase tickets at tinyurl.com/pwhocotix2021. 

“Since the theme is ‘West After Dark,’ some students thought that they could come in costumes, but the dress code is absolutely formal,” said Waide. STUCO has been preparing decorations for the actual dance for weeks and the fountain will be the centerpiece.

Many clubs have already planned their floats and hallways for homecoming. “Our club’s hallway will be Halloween themed because our teacher, Mr. Feagans, has a bunch of scary stuff and loves Halloween,” said Amy Clairmont, senior and president of ASL club and ASL honor society. “We didn’t have time to do homecoming court nominations, but we are planning to have a float in the parade and we will be signing the national anthem at the pep rally.” 

HOSA has decided to participate in the hallway decorations, but not the parade. “We are planning to do a ‘Haunted Hospital’ theme, similar to the one we did at Jasper.” said Bhavika Kaparthi, senior, co-president of HOSA. “We were a little too late for homecoming court nominations, and since the parade is after school at 6 and most of the officers and members are working at that time, we decided not to do the parade either.”

“We are planning to do something spooky with lights hanging all around our hallway,” said Sara Stewart, senior, president of TAFE, Texas Association for Future Educators. “We have nominated Hannah Bryan as the junior nominee, and our float will be preschoolers throwing candy outside the truck bed which is what TAFE has always done in the past at the parade.” 

TAFE is also planning on hanging pink ties at the football game along with the softball, baseball, and the girl’s soccer teams, to support teachers who have breast cancer.