Expectations and implications: homecoming falls short for freshmen

Noelle Whorf '23, Copy Editor

FUNKY FRESHMEN The Freshmen show off their float during the homecoming parade.

One of the most notoriously exciting times of year is the homecoming season. The week leading up to the dance includes many annual festivities, including spirit days for each grade, a unity day, the homecoming parade and of course the football game at South’s own home field.

Experiencing these events for the first time as a freshmen can elicit varying feelings. With pent up anticipation, and the picturesque ideas that can be gathered from cookie-cutter all-American movies, some aspects of homecoming week live up to the standards-–some on the other hand fall short entirely.

According to Ellie Sahutske ’26, the homecoming parade and game were a much more enjoyable experience than the homecoming dance itself.

“I don’t really care about football, and it was really cold, but it was fun,” Sahutske said. “[My friends and I] got hot chocolate and I got to gossip.”

Similarly, Lilly Frey ’26 said that the music selection at the dance unfortunately did not quite reach the expectations.

“I actually went to Grosse Pointe North’s homecoming dance and the music was a lot better,” Frey said. “It was so disappointing when the DJ [at South] played a really good song, and then played something boring right after.”

In order to improve the quality of the dance, Ella Smith ’25 said she has some proposals for the event in the future.

“I think they should have more frames for the photo booth and turn up the air conditioning because it got really hot,” Smith said. “And of course, better music.”