Darian Martin, Staff Writer

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Homecoming week was a week full of school spirit and tons of students, parents, teachers, and alumni coming together to support the football team as they played against Otsego to win the Homecoming game.

Homecoming isn’t just about the game though; homecoming starts on Monday at TRHS with dress up days. Ranging from Monday’s “fashion disaster day,” to Friday’s “Purple and white spirit day.” Dressing up all week gets students to participate in fun school activities and brings out the needed school spirit. Tirrell Hausmanis mentioned that “retro day” was his favorite dress-up day this year.

Dress-up days aren’t the only thing about homecoming week though. Couples or pairs of friends can also run for homecoming court. This means they can be voted for by their grade to win the title of homecoming queen or king. The participants running are announced during the assembly on Tuesday, and the winners are announced on the final assembly on Friday. The winners of this year’s senior court winners were Tirrell Hausmanis and Maya Bidelman. During the assemblies the HOCO court is announced, but there are activities that places each class in competition with the other such as tug a war. The cheerleaders also put on a performance. “Preparing to perform for the pep assembly is the most stressful,” said senior and varsity cheerleader, Taylor White. The varsity football players are also mentioned during the assembly. Both assemblies are put together by the student council members. Senior, and student council member, Elizabeth Hayes mentioned that the student council members “set up decorations, posters, and all the events for the assembly.”

The big game is front and center though. Starting at 7p.m. Friday night, the varsity boys played a good game against Otsego and were victorious. The game itself isn’t just about football. During halftime visitors had the honor of watching the band and color guard play, along with the cheerleaders cheering the football players on the whole time. Also the game is about older and former “Wildcats” coming back and reuniting with their school family or “coming home,” hence the name of homecoming. The game is also about just showing up and supporting the team and showing school pride.

Homecoming is week favored by many,  especially TRHS students. Showing school spirit and supporting the team is what they do best.

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