"Welcome To The Jungle” Brought Out Redwing Pride
Story by: Courtney Roszak
This past summer while many students were enjoying a nice break from school, a select few, also known as the Student Council executive board, were busy planning this year’s Homecoming.
Student Council planned numerous activities for this year, including the normal traditions of: spirit week, powerbuff, powderpuff, the class trophy, and dance.
This year, however, after over two years of asking, student council adviser Jon Schrank agreed to bring back the class skits that were banned after 2009’s Homecoming pep rally and the antics of the senior class that year.
“I wanted to let the kids have some fun,” commented Schrank regarding the class skits.
During the week the student body’s school spirit was more noticeable than past years.
Sophomores won the hallway decoration contest, but, all the hallways were decorated on the second floor, making judging very difficult.
The juniors didn’t hold back as they won both powerbuff and powderpuff.
“During homecoming, I could really start to see that Redwing pride that we want here at South High,” said principal Michael Trimberger.
As the week progressed, students became more excited for the much-anticipated game vs. Bayport on Friday, Oct. 5. At the seven o’clock kick off, the stands were filled with students, parents and community members. The varsity football team played their best, but it was not enough. The South Redwings lost to the Bayport Pirates 28 - 6.
In the fourth quarter, it was apparent to spectators that the Redwings would face defeat. However, looking towards the stands it could not have been guessed as students stood behind their team until the end of the fourth quarter.
“It says a lot when our students stick around for the end of a game. I felt like a proud father about the game,” added Trimberger.
The 2012 jungle theme homecoming dance had the biggest turn out in years. Some 556 people attended the dance on Saturday, Oct. 6. Other things that were added this year to the various homecoming activities were the photo booth at the dance, and the video DJ, both being a huge hit.
“I felt the week went well, Student Council did a very good job organizing the week,” stated associate principal, Jason Ledermann.
Administration and student council both agree that this years’ homecoming was a big success and an improvement from previous years.