No floats at homecoming this year 09.22.2010

A fall homecoming without floats?

Morenci Area High School will give it a try next month, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be opportunities for homecoming fun.

Class advisors and the student council advisor discussed the matter recently and decided to try out a new approach.

Not all area schools make float-building part of their homecoming activities—at least not full-size floats—and at least one district in the state has knocked down the cost of float-building by limiting design to recycled objects.

Cost was one of the reasons cited by the advisors. Classes need to earn money for graduation costs, but some spend a lot of money on float materials—materials that end up in the trash the next morning.

Additionally, the advisors discussed how few students make the commitment to stay with the week-long project. The bulk of the work generally falls ends up with a small group and often adults.

This year students will be involved in t-shirt design competition and the creation of a banner to show off during the homecoming game Oct. 8 against Sand Creek.

Class members are working this week to create a t-shirt design that incorporates a positive slogan, a graphic element and the words MHS, Morenci or Morenci High School.

The winning design will be printed on a homecoming t-shirt—a different color for each class—that will be sold at cost.

At half-time of the game, students in each class will be called onto the field to show off their shirts and a class banner created the night before at a tailgate party—the Class Spirit Banner Bash. Advisors consider the change a unique way to show class pride.

Girl-illa Football is still planned as part of Homecoming Week, along with the queen competition.

Advisors will evaluate the new activities after homecoming and decide whether changes are needed.