Homecoming Pep Rally
West Chester, PA - Spirit Week will be held October 1-4 this year as Homecoming approaches. The themes of each day of Spirit Week are to be announced soon. Our pep rally will be held on October 4th during the school day, and later that evening the Homecoming football game following the Homecoming Carnival will take place. The next day, Saturday, October 5th, at 7 P.M., Henderson will put on its Homecoming Dance for all who want to come.
With this time of year comes the multitude of beloved Henderson traditions that lead up to the annual Homecoming Dance. Spirit week, which in the past has featured themed days such as U.S.A. day and pajama day, culminates on Friday afternoon with the annual homecoming pep rally, an event meant to unify the student body before the football game that same night. Historically, the pep rally has taken place in the gym for the last two periods of the day on Friday, followed by the homecoming carnival and football game later that evening.
This year, Henderson saw a push in a different direction, as members of the student council attempted to move the pep rally outside to the football stadium. The rationale for the change in location came with the recognition that the carnival, which has faced low attendance in the past, would take place directly before the pep rally in hopes of attracting more people. The decision was placed in the hands of the student body, who voted with an approximate 60% majority to hold the pep rally indoors as it has been in the past. Shortly after this decision was made, the student senate voted in favor of an “environmental” hallway theme. The seniors claimed the rainforest theme for their hallway, while juniors have the coral reef. The sophomores and freshmen will represent tundra and desert, respectively. Despite the disagreement within the student body, Homecoming week will no doubt be as enjoyable as ever.
CORRECTION 10/1/2019: A previous version of this article indicated that the suggestion to move the carnival outdoors was originally proposed by administration. The article has been revised to clarify the role the student council played in the process. -Editor.