During the past few weeks, William Floyd High School class council student leaders have been hard at work painting large canvas banners in preparation for the return of homecoming.
Last year, both the game and parade were cancelled. This year, the students, with the help of their class advisers, have plans to come back better than ever.
This year’s theme: “Fall-ing for Floyd.”
“I have been part of the class council since I was a freshman,” said senior and executive class council officer Jenna Lecuit, excited to see the banners nearly completed.
Homecoming at William Floyd is scheduled for Oct. 16 with a parade followed by the crowning of homecoming king and queen, prince and princess, and last but certainly not least, the game. The Colonials will face off against Sachem North at 1:30 p.m.
“We are really excited,” said Ian Hua, senior class council executive officer. “We are finally back and had time to plan everything out. There are a lot of positives that come out of this, like crowning at the game.”
The largely anticipated crowning ceremony will take place directly following the parade and prior to the game, after a weeklong teacher-conducted interview process drawn from senior-voted nominations, senior class council executive officer DeAnna Faison explained.
The parade will commence at about 12:15 p.m. with a walk past William Paca and Tangier Smith elementary schools and around the track onto the field. Community members are also expected to participate in the parade.
“We are most proud of these students that have really represented their grade level,” said senior class co-adviser Mike Devenney of seniors Hua, Lecuit and Faison. “This is something we are really looking forward to; they worked really hard to get these rites of passages back for their students.”
Senior co-adviser Kate Devenney, a 1995 Floyd graduate herself, agreed.
“Homecoming is such an important part of our history,” she said, happy to see it back.
Another anticipated event will be the annual pep rally, which will take place the day before on Oct. 15 in the school gymnasium. There will be sports teams, music groups and seniors, all working together to host the event.
Student government has also decided to postpone the dance until the spring in hopes of being permitted to host the event with limited restrictions; also, sunset occurs too early for an outdoor dance in October.