A look back in time Homecoming then and now

Rosa Hough was named queen during her senior year at Mt. Clemens High School’s homecoming. Photo from Rosa Hough

Rosa Hough was named queen during her senior year at Mt. Clemens High School’s homecoming. Photo from Rosa Hough

Rosa Hough poses for a picture with her date to the homecoming dance. Photo from Rosa Hough

Rosa Hough poses for a picture with her date to the homecoming dance. Photo from Rosa Hough

Olivia Browder ’15

News Editor

Homecoming is a traditional event to welcome back alumni to the school. Homecoming literally means coming home. However, today the meaning of homecoming is a little different. The focus has changed from alumni to the dance. Over the years, the meaning of homecoming has changed.

“I think that the dance is more of a big deal now than when I was in high school,” said Algebra Two and Pre-Calc teacher Rebecca Ball. “We used to have more kids come back for homecoming, like alumni, and it doesn’t seem that way anymore.”

The focus has shifted from the football game to finding the perfect dress. Homecoming dress shopping is now a part of back- to-school shopping. This is such a big deal that some stores now record the dress a girl buys as well as her school. This is to prevent two girls who attend the same school from getting the same dress.

“Back when I was in high school, the dresses weren’t so sparkly and full of rhinestones. We just wore a plain dress, and some people even made their own dress,” said Independent Living and Gourmet Cooking teacher Diane McDonald.

Style is not the only thing that has changed; the price has also. Now girls are spending hundreds of dollars on a dress they may only wear once.

McDonald said, “We went to the store and bought some fabric, then sewed them together, and you had a dress for $20 bucks. Homecoming dresses today are not at all what they used to be.”

The homecoming dance is an opportunity for each class to get closer. Today it is very common for people to go with a group of friends to the dance and not with a date.

English teacher Deanna Hammes said, “Homecoming is more fun now than when I was in high school. Now it is more about a group experience, and more upbeat and lively.”

Every homecoming has a theme, which is determined by the Student Council. The decorations used for the dance reflect the theme. Of course not everyone is going to like the theme chosen, but people do have their favorites from past homecomings. “‘To be a kid again’ was my favorite homecoming theme because my inner child could come out,” said Ryan Filbeck ’15.

Samantha Hyden ’15 said, “This year’s homecoming theme, ‘carnival,’ is my favorite because being on Student Council it is fun to decorate.”

Choosing a theme can be tricky because not every student is going to like it.

“I really disliked the ‘Detroit’ theme the most because I thought we could have done so much better than that. I just thought that theme was not very exciting,” said Breanna Simmons ‘16.

Lauren Zielinski ’15, president of Student Council, said, “Homecoming planning is very stressful but also enjoyable because we put on an event that everyone enjoys. We spend about five months planning.”

Many people agreed that picking out the theme is one of the hardest parts of planning homecoming.

Zielinski said, “Picking out a theme is very difficult because you want to pick something that everyone will like, and something general but not too general because then it won’t feel like a theme.”

Of course every year people always complain about something they didn’t like about homecoming. The two main things people have complained about were the lights being too bright and the hot gym.

But, some people have other opinions. Like Senior Megan Sarotte said, “I think that they should give us food.”

Student Council has been working on changes.

“We are trying to get more people involved in spirit week by using social media. Also, if you dress up, you can enter a drawing to win prizes,” said Zielinski.

Homecoming comes with a lot of stress, preparation, time and money but in the end it is all worth it.