A New Homecoming with a Twist


Jericho High School’s administration has decided to replace the homecoming carnival with a Mardi Gras-themed dance hoping to encourage students to show their school spirit and create unity. Dances used to be a regular social event at Jericho High School, but were done away with at least two decades ago.

Jericho High School dances were a great way to show school spirit in the 1960s and ’70s. This new homecoming dance will be a great way to come together as a community.

Jericho High School Assistant Principal Dr. Artiles is optimistic about this new homecoming format.  He feels combining a dance with food trucks and friends will be a positive experience.  “We are going to set up a nice patio back there so you guys can actually go out to the food trucks and have your food outside. Then you guys can come back inside to dance and have fun,”  he said.

Students at Jericho High School have different opinions about having the carnival taken away and replaced with a dance, but everyone is excited for what’s to come. Senior Gabby L. said, “I think that the food trucks are a good idea.” Sophomore Olivia C. agrees and said,  “I heard that there will be an ice truck, cheese steak truck, and halal food. I am really excited for it.”

Since the dance is a new event, the turnout is unpredictable. Freshman Joey K. said, “I think it will be a good turnout and a lot of kids will come.” On the other hand, sophomore Tatum W. doubts that enough students will attend. She said, “I don’t think the attendance will be very high because some people won’t know what to wear.” She also expressed concerns that pressure to have a date might cause students to forego this experience. However, according to Student Council representative and senior Amanda W., “No one should feel pressured to bring a date. It’s just a time to have fun with your friends.”

During the homecoming dance there will be multiple exciting events. For example, the homecoming king and queen will be crowned at the dance, rather than at the football game. Dr. Artiles said, “We are also thinking of some type of karaoke, and dedicating a song to a special person.” In addition, there will be various raffles throughout the night.

Most feel the homecoming dance is a way for students to come together, show their school spirit, and take their minds off of the stress of school work.  Bring your friends and get ready to groove!

The Sam Springer gym will be transformed into a dance floor with decorations, music, dancing, and school spirit.

The dance will be held in the Sam Springer Gym from 7-10 p.m. In addition to the dance, a number of  varsity sports games are scheduled all weekend as follows:

Friday, September 15th:

Boys Varsity Soccer vs New Hyde Park at the Stadium Field at 4:30 p.m.

Boys Varsity Volleyball vs Mepham HS at Mepham at 7:15 p.m.

Saturday, September 16th:

Cross Country at Sunken Meadow at 9:00 a.m.

Girls Varsity Volleyball vs Roosevelt at Field House at 10:00 a.m.

Girls Varsity Swimming & Diving at Joe Farrell Memorial Invitational at 10:00 a.m.

Girls Varsity Soccer vs Division at 11:00 a.m.

Boys Varsity Football vs New Hyde Park at the Stadium Field at 2:00 p.m.

Boys Varsity Soccer vs MLK at Icahn Stadium, Randalls Island at 8:00 p.m.



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