Bring It Home, Jags!
Boulder Creek’s homecoming week instills school pride
Story and photos by Emma Suttell
Hailing in the fall season, Boulder Creek High School also welcomed homecoming week with the theme of “The Greatest Homecoming,” inspired by the movie-musical The Greatest Showman. Homecoming is organized by Boulder Creek’s Student Government, a select group of student leaders who organize several events at the school. Besides homecoming, these students take on prom, assemblies and numerous other tasks around the campus throughout the year.
This year, students named one of the highlights of homecoming week as the school-wide dress-up days. Students swarmed the school decked out in spirit wear, following days such as the student-named favorite, Meme Day, which encouraged students to dress up as their favorite “meme,” another word for a popular joke or video from the internet. Other days included Space Day, Class Color Day, Pajama Day and Mismatch Day. Students were spotted circling campus in extravagant outfits of every pattern and color throughout the week, showing their “Jaguar Pride” to everyone on campus.
When asked about the highlight of spirit week, Student Body Historian Raygan Alvarez said the highlight of her week was “the participation from students.” As a student, I definitely noted several more students decided to take on this spirit week. Student Alexis Rosenbaum also noted she loved “seeing people’s creative costume ideas”.
Another notable moment of the week was the school-wide assembly at the end of the week. Did you know that Boulder Creek’s student body is so large that the school has to be split into two different groups for assemblies? Filled with performances from Boulder Creek’s Spiritline, Broadway Bound Show Choir, Performance Dance Group and the Heart and Soul Choir, the assemblies were chock-full of excitement from beginning to end. Students rallied together during class chants and clapped along to every performance. There was a new energy in the room, perhaps an energy so strong it carried into the homecoming game on Friday night.
Rising up to play against Chaparral High School on Friday night, Boulder Creek was buzzing with predictions about the outcome of the game. The game began with several points being scored by Chaparral while Boulder Creek fell far behind. The crowd kept cheering and the energy was still in the air as halftime inched closer and closer. Throughout the night, there were halftime performances by Boulder Creek Spiritline and the Jaguar Pride Marching Band, whose show this year is named “Bailando Latino.” Throughout the game, students and parents alike were tense and the lead jumped back and forth between both teams. Around the two-minute mark, the Jags were behind; however, a last minute score saved the game! The Boulder Creek Jaguars were victorious, and excitement exploded from the bleachers behind them.
The week culminated with the homecoming dance, which several students pointed out as “the best it has ever been.” Boulder Creek hasn’t finished its full run of fall festivities quite yet. They plan on closing out the season with a new tradition that is being added to Boulder Creek’s yearly schedule of events – a Powderpuff Game! For those unfamiliar with what a powderpuff game is, it’s an event where the girls and guys get to switch roles. Junior and senior girls play against each other in an intense match of flag football, while some of the boys cheer on the sidelines. The game will take place Thursday, November 29 and will be open to the public for a small fee. It is a family-friendly event that will be hosted at the Boulder Creek football stadium and will certainly be a thrill, especially for those who have never seen a game like this. Not only is Boulder Creek inviting the Anthem community to the game, but they are also serving the community while having fun. Boulder Creek StuGo, who is organizing the game, has decided that proceeds from the game will benefit Arizona Disabled Sports, a program supporting those with intellectual disabilities and giving them the opportunity to pursue year-round sports training and competition.
One thing’s for sure: Homecoming was a hit at Boulder Creek and the best is yet to come! Don’t miss your chance to come out and support the Boulder Creek Jaguars on November 29 – the game will be unforgettable! Thank you to Boulder Creek’s Student Government and all of administration for giving us the opportunity to enjoy such an amazing week!
– Emma Suttell is a junior at Boulder Creek High School. You can find more of her work on andthenemma.com.
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