Igniting traditions at Wilsonville High
Think back to your favorite children's book. Do you remember sitting at home, completely enthralled by a story you read time and time again? For this year's homecoming theme at Wilsonville High School, students decided to take a trip down memory lane and bring their favorite childhood stories to life.
The traditional homecoming week kicked off Monday, Sept. 24, with spirit week. There will be a Friday assembly, and the public can attend the parade that begins Sept. 28 at 5 p.m. before the football game at 7 p.m., where the Wilsonville Wildcats will take on the Forest Grove Vikings, who are new to the league. As of Sept. 20, Forest Grove was 2-1 and the Wildcats 3-0.
"We've had a successful few years in a row here and we're off to good start this year," said WHS Principal Dan Schumaker. "We always assume our opponents are quality teams so we expect that Forest Grove is competitive. We hope for a very good game."
Spirit week began with Messy Monday. The remaining days will be Twin Tuesday, Wild West Wednesday, Jersey Thursday and Wildcat Friday.
The parade that draws crowds of community members and families will start at the high school and the cheer team, dance team, bands and festive floats will march through the surrounding neighborhood. The seniors' float theme is "Cat in the Hat;" juniors' is "Alice in Wonderland;" sophomores' is "Where's Waldo?" and the freshmen chose "Three Little Pigs."
The Homecoming Court will be comprised of one prince and princess from grades 9-11 and three princes and three princesses from the senior class. The king and queen will be selected from the senior
"The parade floats, including those for classes and some additional activity floats, are always great fun," Schumaker said. "They will round the track at an extended halftime. We also plan to have the homecoming court travel the track in cars — should be fun."
Schumaker also added that homecoming provides a big sense of community.
"Homecoming is an opportunity to reconnect with your school. We hope the community comes out to enjoy a good game in a fun and festive atmosphere," Schumaker said. "We plan to honor our very first graduating class, the Class of 1998 I believe, and we will be giving out alumni buttons at the gate to all alumni."