It’s “Carnival” Time at Red Mountain’s 2016 Homecoming

Student Council hosted a variety of activities for Homecoming in September including a parade, a bonfire, an assembly, tailgate, Royalty crowning at the football game and a Homecoming dance. Students dressed up and put on their dancing shoes for the sold-out, carnival-themed Homecoming dance on the evening of Sept. 24.

Seniors Jacob Porter and Brett Marquez get the crowd pumped at the Homecoming bonfire. Photo by Ms. Saquella.

“We sold out the Homecoming dance with 1,617 tickets sold, which did break the record for the largest Homecoming in the state of Arizona but also a new school record,” sophomore and Student Council member Jaden Sonvie said.

Student Council planned the dance and spirit week festivities, which reflected the Homecoming theme, “The Carnival is Coming.”

After a two-year absence, added back to Homecoming was a parade and bonfire. Several clubs and organizations got the opportunity to be a part of this year’s Homecoming festivities.  

“Mr. Marks was totally in charge of the Homecoming festivities this year. All of the festivities were assigned out,” Student Council adviser Ms. Pomonis said. “Leadership and Service Learning classes took parade, welding took bonfire, NHS had the tailgate, Student Council took the spirit week, the halls, Royalty, the assembly, halftime and the dance.”

“Student Council brought excitement to the school by encouraging everyone to dress up for spirit days and brought everyone together for an assembly to see how great the school is.”

– Student Body President Victoria Huston

Showing their school spirit, Spiritline rides on a fire truck during the Homecoming parade. Photo by Ms. Saquella.

Following tailgate, the Mountain Lion football team shut out the Gilbert Tigers, 48-0.

“I think Homecoming ended with a blast,” junior Senate Chloe Henry said. “ A successful spirit week, a tremendous win with our varsity football game, and our highest count of students at Homecoming.”

During halftime of the football game, Royalty was announced. The Homecoming King was senior Dylan Kelly and Homecoming queen was senior Estella Beeson.

“When I was announced Homecoming queen, I was super surprised and really happy, Beeson said. “It was a fun experience being Homecoming court with all my friends all week. Red Mountain is truly the best.”

Ms. Carrasco’s students show their school pride by dressing up for ‘Merica Monday. Photo by Hannah Jackson.

With over 1,617 tickets sold, it’s safe to say that Homecoming 2016 was a major success. Spirit week followed by the parade, bonfire, assembly, tailgate, and Royalty crowning at the football game left the students excited and beaming with school pride.