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Peyton Van Pevenage | Davenport HS: "Homecoming at Davenport"

Author: Peyton Van Pevenage
Grade: Senior
School: Davenport
Mascot: Gorillas
League: Northeast 2B
Classification: 2B

Homecoming Week at Davenport High School is a very big deal! Our Homecoming Week consists of hall decorations, dress-up days, and class games, with each class competing to “win” Homecoming.  According to our newly-hired district secretary, “No one does Homecoming like Davenport High School!”
This year’s student participation rate in the dress-up days was an extremely large percentage of our entire students body earned during the week; some days had nearly 100% of students dressed in the day’s theme! Being president of the ASB, I am very proud of this high participation because our goal is to get all students involved. This year’s dress-up days were American day (red, white and blue day), Movie/Book Character day, Red and White day (our school colors), Class Color day (everyone dresses in their class’s assigned color), and Pajama day. The classes get ranked based on the percentage of people who dress up, with first place earning 4 points, second place 3 points, third place 2 points, fourth place 1 point. 
The games are also ranked based off of the same scoring system. Most of the games take place at lunch, and each class competes against one another.  The games we play are ultimate dodge ball (each class occupies ¼ of the basketball court and plays a game of dodge ball), tug-of-war, relay races, and air band performances. The big culmination is the all-afternoon “powder-puff” football and “blind mans” volleyball games.  During powder puff football, the girls from each class compete in a flag-football, four-team tournament coached by the boys in their classes. 

After the football games, the coaching roles are reversed and the boys from each class play volleyball with a plastic tarp draped over the volleyball net, so teams can’t see the opposing sides. We also have a “non-fire-bonfire” (sparks from the traditional bonfire would damage our school’s new rubberized track) the night before the Homecoming football game where classes come and get scored on their participation and compete in relays and other team games. Whichever class has the most points by the end of the week “wins” Homecoming Week and gets bragging rights over the other classes.
The traditions of Homecoming Week are very important because they bring all of the students together and build school spirit. They also create a sense of unity between the classes by building and strengthening bonds between classmates. Athletes and non-athletes alike come together to show their “Gorilla Pride.” Many would agree with Mrs. Duenwald that no one does Homecoming like Davenport High School!

October 2015

10/15/2015 Isaac Santos | South Kitsap HS: "SKXC 2015"
10/12/2015 Peyton Van Pevenage | Davenport HS: "Homecoming at Davenport"

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