It was the week everyone had been waiting for at The Gregory School: Homecoming week. Starting off with spirit-themed days and coordinated activities, Student Council made sure that even the days leading up to Homecoming were filled with fun.

On Monday, students came decked out in their favorite sports gear, and there was a dodgeball tournament in the gym during lunch (which the seniors dominated). Tuesday was Twin Day, and each pair of twins participated in a three-legged race.

Wednesday, Dress Like a Teacher Day, was a huge success, featuring a photoshoot with the teachers. Thursday was Pajama Day, and everyone snuggled up in the gym for a quick nap.

And finally, Friday! As tradition follows, Friday was Hawks Spirit Day, entirely designed to get students even more excited for the activities and fun coming to them in just a few short hours. Before the actual Homecoming, though, there was the infamous pep rally, though this year it was totally revamped.

From the boy’s soccer team versus the girl’s volleyball team scrimmage, to a three-point contest, to everyone’s favorite, the faculty basketball scrimmage, it was one for the books. Students left laughing, smiling, and getting excited for the night.

The activities started with a nail-biter in JV volleyball which the girls almost won, then an even more hectic Varsity game, which they scraped a win from with a score of 15-13 in game five. The soccer team had a more comfortable win, scoring nine goals on Academy of Tucson and only letting one goal through.

As sports games went on, the middle school campus was transformed. From a cotton candy maker, to the Hawks Grill, to crepes from the French Club, there was no shortage of delicious food. The Literary Magazine’s booth was a success, and they snapped Polaroids of spirited students all night long.

Other booths painted faces and added Hawks spirit to any student who wanted it. Even more events like a dunk tank and a raffle from the Roots and Shoots club made the night even more exciting.

And of course, special appearances from Henry the Hawk got the crowd on their feet cheering for their Hawks. The night proved to be as enjoyable as it was exciting, and the dance the following night matched it. Student DJ-ing made for an eclectic blend of everyone’s favorite songs.

With Mr. and Mrs. Young dancing their hearts out to Michael Jackson and even more Polaroids being taken of happy couples or bubbly friend groups, the night was a blast. The innovative idea of an off campus location made it unlike any other Homecoming dance before, and proved to be the perfect finish to an excellent weekend.