Where has homecoming gone? An Editorial

Dominique Basil, Editor-in-Chief

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While our “homecoming” was a success, was it really even a true homecoming? The school does have its own homecoming  football game and royal court, but nothing else. Meanwhile, our parents and faculty members have told us countless stories how homecoming was truly a night to remember. From dances to movies, students in formal-wear, homecoming was never “just” a regular football game.  While our “homecoming” was a success, was it really even a true homecoming? The school does have its own homecoming  football game and royal court, but nothing else. Meanwhile, our parents and faculty members have told us countless stories how homecoming was truly a night to remember. From dances to movies, students in formal-wear, homecoming was never “just” a regular football game.

Yet, for West Milford, homecoming is just another sports gathering with some special announcements of a “royal” court dressed in sweatpants and band/football uniforms. The school does not host a dance,  nor do  have us wear fancy attire–there is nothing special at all.

West Milford should be hosting a more exciting event every year to celebrate Highlander Pride and  for students to be able to spend time together.  Rumors have floated around the school indicating that there was an intention of hosting a dance for the occasion. The supposed cause for the cancellation was a meeting scheduled on the same day and in the same place where the dance was planned to be held. Rather than finding another place to host the dance, the idea was put to rest, and there was never a dance.

At the game, there could be a celebration to announce the royal court   where winners ride in convertible cars in their formal gowns and suits around the track and then receive their banners and roses. Everyone could cheer on the West Milford Highlanders during their football game and then the dance could be held afterward in the gym.  Students could volunteer to help decorate, which would  be great for those looking for service hours.  Food could be served, if people wanted it, and everyone could have a great night right here in their  hometown.

This school needs at least some sort of ceremony to promote our school pride. Therefore, on behalf of the staff of The Highland Echo and students of the West Milford High School, we ask the faculty and students to bring fresh ideas to improve the annual occasion to make homecoming a memorable night. That way students have a night to show their Highlander Pride, have fun, and have the Royal Court really feel like royalty.

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