Two major changes to Jesuit’s Homecoming were put into action this year by student government and the administration.
Traditionally held in late October, the dance often fell on the weekend of trick-or-treating—one reason it was moved earlier to September.
“In past years, it’s been so late that it always coincides with Halloween,” senior member of student government, Gabby Gonzalez, said.
An earlier Homecoming helps the dance live up to its reputation as a welcoming event.
“Homecoming is more of a welcoming thing,” junior Ellie Olivares said. “[If] you have it two months after school starts, you’re already in the swing of things and it doesn’t really feel like a welcoming event.”
Older students recognize newer students may be at a disadvantage, as an earlier Homecoming means less time to find dates or friends to go with.
“Freshmen don’t have a lot of time to meet people,” Gonzalez said. “Instead of having two months, they have one. I think it might be better [held] in the second week of October, just because there’s that extra little buffer there.”
The other major change this year involved voting for the Homecoming court. Instead of each class nominating three different couples and ultimately voting for a king and queen, each grade voted for five individual peers, regardless of gender. The members of “Homecoming Royalty” exemplified one of the five categories of the profile of a Jesuit graduate at graduation.
“The goal of the new Homecoming Royalty, is number one, to hope that the royalty better embodies the mission of Jesuit and the mission of student government,” Dr. David Exley, Jesuit
Activities Director, said. “Number two, to help to ensure that the Homecoming Royalty deals with gender equality; and finally, number three, to help limit the insincere nominations that have been prevalent in past homecoming votes.”
With many students voting for classmates as a joke in past years, student government hopes this new implementation reminds future students to seriously consider who they vote.
“By helping the students to realize what the purpose of the homecoming royalty is, we hope that helps to prevent the joke,” Dr. Exley said. “By sharing the mission, both of Jesuit and the mission of student government, students are better able to make a choice or think before they vote.”