Homecoming Court

November 10, 2020

When halftime hit, the homecoming celebrations began. Before announcing the members of the student court, the homecoming faculty winners were announced. College and Career Center Counselor, Ms. Mallamace, and South’s emotional support dog, Jeter, were crowned queen and king.

Afterwards, the students on the SOFO homecoming court were ready to walk across the field. Jack Jeffries and Leah Bagwell represented the freshman class, Ethan Yarbrough and Allie Rose Carol represented the sophomore class, Justin Tyre and Audrey Belue represented the junior class, and twelve senior students walked after them: Gia Lure, Esther Kim, Avery Wyckoff, Sloane Womac, Jansen Harris, Aliyah Thompson, Anthony Adside, Michael Dotson, Alec Stephens, Chan Baik, Devin Schmuckal, and Devin McGlockton. While each student walked across the field, the announcer described their academic and extracurricular accomplishments along with their future college and career plans. When the announcer was ready to announce king and queen, silence overtook the crowd. Chan Baik won Homecoming King, and Esther Kim won Homecoming Queen.

Photo used with permission from Leah McGray.

“I think homecoming court was handled perfectly despite being in the middle of a pandemic,” said senior Jansen Harris. “It gave me a moment of “normal” which was nice since none of us had that for a while.”

Despite the pandemic and social distancing guidelines, many homecoming court nominees still had their night of glitz and glam to remember. 

Photo used with permission with Leah McGray

“Getting the opportunity to walk on the field and represent my class for two years in a row is an amazing experience. I was very thankful for getting to have my parents by my side cheering me on in the stands,” said senior Gia Lure. “My favorite part about homecoming court was being able to walk down the field with my dad, and getting to go on the track and dance with my teammates afterwards.”

“Although we must be social distance and wear our masks, there are still ways to be fun and friendly. Doing little tasks like holding doors or waving at someone can make them feel more comfortable in school and make them appreciate the school and their peers.” Said Jansen Harris. 

Photo used with permission from Leah McGray

“It really comes down to wearing a mask, keeping in mind social distancing, and contact tracing.” said senior homecoming court nominee, Devin Schmuckal. “School spirit is still possible with COVID and all the new regulations, you just have to be adaptable to the changes. I have learned to live with these changes and keep contributing to my community and school spirit.”

Students were ecstatic to see their nominees walk down the field with their loved one, and help cultivate our school spirit for years to come.

South’s 2020 Homecoming Spirit Week was one to remember. Even through a pandemic and a hurricane, South’s faculty and students kept their War Eagle spirit as bright as ever, bringing a sense of normalcy and unity to the entire school. Whether they were virtual or in-person, Homecoming provided an opportunity for every South student to destress, enjoy themselves, and remember that they were #SouthStrong.

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