(Updated) MCHS celebrates Homecoming 2022

Between parades and spirit days, powder puff and Friday night lights, students show their school spirit all week during Homecoming


Kennedy Tetour

Homecoming week came to a close with the Homecoming football game on Friday, where Warriors came together in camo to support the varsity football team.

Kennedy Tetour, Managing Editor

McHenry High School’s Homecoming kicked off on Sunday, Oct. 2 and continues through Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Homecoming dance. Between them, students will show their school spirits at a number of events, including spirit days, the powder puff football game, yearbook distribution, and various athletic events, culminating in Friday’s varsity football game.

Check this story every day for continuing coverage of Homecoming and photos of several events, or read more about the Homecoming schedule.

Homecoming football game

Students flooded the stands of McCracken Field in camo clothes and costumes to go gator hunting as the Warriors faced the Crystal Lake South Gators during the vHomecoming football game on Friday night. Though the Warriors lost 41 to 14, spirits were still up in anticipation for Saturday’s dance. 

Halftime performances were given by the varsity dance team, the cheer tea, and the marching band. The dance and cheer teams were joined by male students for the annual boy-girl dance, where the boys pulled off flips and stunts that wowed the audience. 

Homecoming week came to an end with the dance on Saturday evening. The dance was held in the main gym at the Upper Campus, which was decorated as an enchanted forest. A glowing tree was the focal point of the decorations with a wooden bridge, flowers, and floating lights surrounding the gym.

Powder Puff football game

Homecoming week continued Wednesday night with the annual Powder Puff football game. Female students in the Junior and Senior classes went head to head in a game of flag football. 

This event is another one of McHenry’s many traditions that take place in the week leading up to Homecoming. In the past two years the game has changed slightly due to the combination of the East and West campuses. It used to be East versus West, but in recent years it has changed to the junior class versus the senior class. 

At the game, seniors showed their support by wearing black and juniors showed theirs by wearing orange. By the end of the game, the seniors won 58 to 20.

Homecoming spirit days

Homecoming spirit days are a time honored tradition at MCHS. Each day leading up to the dance. Student council hosts a new themed dress up day in order to drum up school spirit and get people excited for the week to come.

This year the Homecoming spirit days include Adam Sandler Day, Minions Day, Warrior Wednesday, White Lies Day, and Camo Day. 

Kicking off the week, students were encouraged to dress as the comedian Adam Sandler, whether that be in street wear or as one of his iconic characters. Many students appeared throughout the school in Sandler’s classic look of baggie shorts and an even baggier t-shirt.

Tuesday followed up the comfort of Monday with Minions Day. Flocks of students entered the school dressed as the silly yellow creatures from the 2010 film “Despicable Me”. As students walked into the building, staff counted how many minions there were for each class. Students were told that the class with the most minions would win a prize. 

Wednesday students participated in Warrior Wednesday. This dress up day was full of black and orange spirit as well as major excitement leading up to the Powder Puff football game that evening. Student leaders flocked the South entrance of the school to welcome their classmates into the building before school.

Rounding down the week, Thursday’s theme was Little White lies day. Students and staff alike wrote small lies about themselves on white t-shirts and wore them to school. Some of these lies included things such as “I can drive” or “This shirt is clean.”  Though administration was made an announcement warning students against taking it too far with their lies, the day went off without a hitch.

Homecoming week will continue with spirit days in order to bring school spirit to MCHS this Homecoming season.

Homecoming parade and coronation

On Sunday, MCHS hosted a Homecoming parade that led students and community members from the Freshman Campus to Veteran’s Memorial Park. 

Once at the park, the community enjoyed performances from student groups such as the choir, marching band, and varsity dance team. 

This year, MCHS returned to the original route for the Homecoming parade. This route went from the Freshman Campus, down Green Street, and to Veteran’s Memorial Park on Pearl Street. 

All of these events led up to the most anticipated moment of the day — Homecoming coronation, where court members lined up and staff members prepared confetti poppers that would indicate which members won. 

Colorful powder rained from the sky and seniors Alivia Adams and Evan Griffiths were crowned Queen and King.