WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield High School's student government association has promised students many things over the years — music in the halls, a school store and even a parking spot raffle — but never a homecoming court. At least not as long as current students can remember. This year, the WHS senior class has nominated six seniors to be on its first homecoming court in years. Two of these six will be crowned WHS Homecoming King and Queen.
WHS will hold its homecoming dance on the evening of Friday, Nov. 13, in Cafeteria B. The event kicks off the school’s annual spirit week.
“This is actually the second annual homecoming dance at WHS,” guidance counselor and student government faculty adviser Jamie Glickman said. “Last year’s event was a huge success and it is back this year by popular demand. We are hoping for a huge turnout. All profits will go towards our goal of raising $10,000 for Hope Loves Company this year, the state charity.”
Homecoming was introduced to bring more spirit to the students of WHS.
“Something interesting about the planning of this event is that it initially started about two years ago,” Katie Brown, a senior and SGA president, said. “The other SGA officers of 2013-14 and I knew that WHS needed a homecoming dance since, as far as we knew, it had never been done before in all of WHS history. This idea became a reality when we decided to go full-force into creating a tradition.”
In addition to daily announcements and flyers scattered throughout the school, the SGA is promoting the dance through its Twitter account (@whssga1) and Instagram (@whssga1).
Last year’s homecoming dance met with overwhelming success compared to others, such as the SGA’s usual winter formal, which is usually not as well attended. The winter formal is also more expensive. By comparison, the homecoming dance is meant to raise school spirit and be an inclusive event for all kids to attend, Glickman explained.
“The homecoming dance takes place at school in our cafeteria, which we transform with a DJ, lights and decorations,” she said. “The ticket price is less expensive and there is more money that we can spend on exciting things like the photo booth.”
Homecoming has a “classic school dance feel,” Brown added.
Students can purchase tickets at the school store or at the door for $10. To donate to Hope Loves Company or to learn more about WHS Student Government events, click here.
Danielle Pinney is a senior at Westfield High School participating in a journalism program with TAP into Westfield.