Homecoming unites the community
Homecoming weekend is always an exciting time at Wilsonville High School. As a senior, the end of September marked my fourth homecoming. Homecoming always feels like a very community-oriented event in Wilsonville. The whole city enjoys the parade and football game, and the student body always makes the dance enjoyable — there's a little something for everyone.
The parade was a great success this year. Ever since freshman year, I've always participated in float building. This is a fun competition between the freshman, sophomore, junior and senior classes to see who can build the most creative float. This year's theme was children's books. The freshmen chose "The Three Little Pigs" and the sophomores built a "Where's Waldo" float. The juniors made an "Alice in Wonderland" float and finally, the seniors created a "Dr. Seuss" float. The floats this year were especially high quality and had many great costumes. Hopefully I'm in town for homecoming next year to see what next year's classes come up with.
After the parade was the traditional homecoming football game. The stands were packed and many Wilsonville community members showed up. The Wilsonville Wildcats crushed Forest Grove 53-6. The game wasn't very close, but the student section was loud and proud nonetheless. Our quarterback, Nathan Overholt, passed for four touchdowns. I'd say Wilsonville is looking to be a state champion contender without a doubt.
The next day was the homecoming dance, a yearly tradition at WHS and a large percentage of the student body attended. Many get into groups with their friends before the dance and take pictures among other festivities. At the dance, the DJ was great and everyone seemed to have a great time. It was certainly one to remember.
This year, homecoming was a fun time, but as a senior, I was sad it was my last. I love seeing the Wilsonville population come together for events and homecoming is always one of the biggest community events. I hope that future classes of Wilsonville students and their families enjoy homecoming weekends as much as I did.
Tate Ericson is a senior at Wilsonville High School.