There’s No Place Like Homecoming

On Friday, November 19, 2021, the EHHS senior class is hosting the traditional Homecoming dance at 6:00 pm. Homecoming is a dance that occurs before the big Thanksgiving game against Branford, where students dress up in formal attire to attend “There’s No Place Like Homecoming” with a Wizard of Oz-inspired theme. Mrs. April Martindale, EHHS math teacher and senior class advisor states, “It’s a great social activity for the whole school to get together, not just juniors and seniors, but for all four grades to just come out and have a good time.”

At EHHS, every year the senior class officers choose a theme for the dance and decorate the location to match the theme. The senior class officers have been planning this theme since their sophomore year. Mrs. Martindale states, “Every senior class is in charge of homecoming. So when they were sophomores we [discussed the theme.] We knew what we wanted years ago.” Past themes of homecoming have included: 50s theme, under the sea, the roaring 1920s, and starry night. This year's homecoming will be held at EHHS, either the lobby or the gym depending on the amount of students that attend.

While the administration is trying to normalize homecoming as much as they can this year, there will still be some slight COVID restrictions. The requirements for this year's homecoming include: proof of a full vaccination or proof of a negative PCR test 72 hours prior to the dance. Masks will also be required since the dance will take place inside. While usual EHHS homecoming dances have food for students, this year there will be no food. Mr. DeNuzzo shared: “But this year because of COVID we are not doing food. [However we’re] gonna do little snacks outside, but nothing inside.”

Mrs. Martindale and Mrs. D’Amore sold tickets last week from the 8th-12th. While all students were able to purchase a homecoming ticket, (which were $20). Upperclassmen had first pick of homecoming tickets on the 8th and 9th. Underclassmen were able to purchase tickets on the 10th and 12th. Although all students were allowed to purchase homecoming tickets, the number of tickets sold did not increase from trends in previous years. This limit was set at 350 students to accommodate COVID regulations set by the local health department . According to Mr. DeNuzzo, “We typically don’t get more than 350-400 anyways.”

All students received a Google Form to nominate and vote for the homecoming King and Queen. These students are seniors which all other students had the ability to select to win the homecoming court. Currently nominated for homecoming King and Queen are: Chris Bagnoli and Morgan D’Auria, Michael Capozzo and Antonia Torello, and Matt Klemenz and Isabella Martindale.

Homecoming will allow students to interact and have fun, especially during a pandemic where a lot of normal aspects of life have been shut down, students are encouraged to attend the dance. Even though homecoming will not be exactly the same as it has been in the past years, we are reminded due to this year's theme that “There is no place like homecoming.”