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Homecoming 2017 Unifies All in School Spirit!

February 08, 2017
By Steve Finlay, Secondary Principal

Homecoming has been a long-standing tradition throughout the history of Faith Christian High School. Each year a week is filled with school spirit building activities and competition among the classes. The school-wide theme category is chosen by the student council, and classes choose their individual themes based upon it.

In 2017 the school-wide theme category was reality TV. The themes chosen were: Freshmen – The Bachelor, Sophomores – Survivor, Juniors – Duck Dynasty, and Seniors Kate plus 8 (which, based on senior advisor Scott Bicknell, became “Paula and Scott plus a lot.)

The categories of competition include hallway decorations, theme poster, theme-based skits, rally game competition, and fund raising for a cause outside the school. The competition was spirited, with all classes doing a great job. In the final tally, the junior class came out on top and will have their class engraved on the perpetual Spirit Trophy.

Friday night of spirit week is always a great night of basketball, the presentation of the Spirit Trophy, and the homecoming court presentation. This year the varsity boys’ team had an especially exciting win over rival Valley Christian Academy.

Video: A three point basket by Ben George sealed Faith's win over Valley Christian in the final seconds of game play.

Faith Christian also honors alumni and coaches who have had impact on the athletic program by induction into the school’s athletic “Hall of Fame”. This year, Kate Hall Marselus (’08), Nick Maddalena (’10), and Coach Robert Ripley were added to the membership during the Friday night festivities.

The student council chose “Restoration Railroad”, a ministry that assists victimized women, as the recipient of the students’ fund-raising efforts. Students sold food items, sponsored a “pie the teacher” event, and other ways to raise money. As a student body, over $1000 was raised for Restoration Railroad this year.

Homecoming court is an important part of spirit week. The freshmen, sophomores, and juniors each select a homecoming prince and princess. The seniors select three princes and princesses. The high school then votes for the homecoming king and queen among the senior class court members. The court is presented, and then the king and queen are crowned by the previous year’s king and queen. This year the king and queen are Freddy Liu and Hailey Warta.

We are always glad to welcome home our FCHS alumni, but especially so on Homecoming.  We had many former students visit on this night and each were awarded with a Lions gift.  Three lucky alumni were selected as grand prize winners!

Homecoming is an action-packed week for the students and the school staff - it is a great source of school unity and pride, and is filled with opportunities to work together and experience wholesome competition. This year special efforts were made to make homecoming a K-12 event, thus further uniting the two campuses. The junior high had dress-up days and participated in the rallies. The elementary school had junior cheer leaders who performed during the Friday games. The high school cheerleaders and the seniors on the basketball teams went to the elementary campus to participate in a pep rally. Finally, two members of the kindergarten class, Leo McCleskey and Trinity Lukens, served as “crown bearers” for the homecoming king and queen coronation. What a great new tradition!