Homecoming Tradition Changes

Trista Truong, Co-editor

With COVID-19 affecting schools worldwide, many school traditions changed. On Oct. 16, football homecoming took place with new restrictions. Instead of being escorted by football players during the pep rally, maids rode in golf carts and seniors selected a teacher to drive. 

“I think the only thing that really hit differently due to COVID was the whole school wasn’t able to be at the pep rally. It is a lot of fun to have your whole class cheer you on and be able to take pictures with them after, but it was still a lot of fun and a great experience because I knew my class was still cheering for all of us from inside the classrooms,” junior maid Judith Ramirez said.

Regardless of not having escorts or a traditional pep rally, the maids were thankful for this high school experience. 

“Although it was slightly different, the day gave me a sense of normalcy that hadn’t been felt in a long time. Mrs. Smith and the Student Council worked very hard to make homecoming happen with proper precautions taken and I’m very grateful for their work,” senior maid Beth Kincannon said.

Closing the half-time ceremony in Jim Rowland Stadium, principal Lisa Miller crowned Kincannon queen.  Despite the challenges, teachers and organizations all worked hard to make this school year memorable.

“I was so excited and surprised to win queen. My reaction, as you can tell from pictures, was pure shock! I feel so blessed to represent Southside and all of its amazing students! The ceremony and winning queen was exciting and memorable. Then spending the rest of the night with friends and cheering on the football team to a victory was so much fun! I will definitely cherish the memories of homecoming forever and I’m so grateful for the experience,” Kincannon said.