The halls of Piedmont High School took visitors around the world this week. The halls were decorated to correspond with various worldly locations in celebration of this year’s homecoming theme “Coast-to-Coast, Town-to-Town, We’re the ‘baddest’ Cats around.”
High schoolers also came to school every day last week dressed in a different theme.
“Monday was pajama day, Tuesday was nerd day, Wednesday was fake injury day, Thursday was ‘80’s day and Friday was blue and gold or homecoming shirt day,” Bailey Burgess said. “The Student Council came up with a list of ideas for dress up days and voted on the ones we thought the most people would dress up for.”
The whole idea behind the dress up days was for students to show school spirit and get excited for the football team’s first home game. However, the main rally point for school spirit during homecoming week at Piedmont is the hall decorating contest.
“It’s a way to get everyone pumped up,” Abby McBride said. “We come together to work on these projects and support the school. It’s a big competition.”
“All classes work on their individual walls,” Bryce Ewy said.
This year’s theme was places, to go along with the homecoming theme. The freshman decorated their hall like France, the sophomores like Jamaica, the juniors like Australia, the seniors like Greece and the Student Council decorated their hallway like various United States landmarks. Each of the hallways incorporated iconic locations or ideas from the theme country, but each threw in a Wildcat twist.
The Student Council leadership students explained that the classes worked on the hallways all weekend long.
“Most groups started decorating at 9 a.m. on Saturday,” Carsen Young said. “As long as they have a sponsor here, they can work on decorating their hallway. Everyone seemed to be more involved this year.”
After the classes finished their hallways, teachers voted on the winning hallway and the winner was announced at the homecoming pep assembly on Friday. The seniors took home first place for their decorations. Juniors came in second, freshmen came in third and sophomores took fourth.
“We love seeing everyone so involved,” Burgess said.
“It’s cool to see so many people come up,” McBride said. “It’s great to see the freshman come up and show that they are willing to be be involved.”
“My favorite part of (homecoming week) is all the older people who come back to see what the classes have done this year,” Ewy said.