The pounding of feet and cheers echoed throughout the gymnasium as teams thundered in. It’s an intense feeling, standing in a gym as the sound of 260 students cheering and yelling reverberates off the walls. A flash of light, a wave of a pom-pom, a pure release of energy. The deafening noise creates the sense that, with everyone together, anything is possible. Then the Head Counselor gets on the microphone and the room falls silent.
This entire week has been the culmination of energy, with students dressing as lifeguards and beach-goers, sheets fashioned as togas, applying their creativity to designing their best high school stereotype costumes, and wearing as much VES garnet and white as possible from head to toe. With the upcoming Homecoming game and Fall Family weekend, the energy and vibrance on campus is contagious.
That same energy carried over into Thursday night, as the student body gathered to take part in age-old Homecoming traditions. The night started in Van Every gym - seniors dressed in garnet or tie-dye, underclassmen in white - for the Homecoming pep rally and Bonfire. The seniors charged ahead to throw their lit torches into the pyre, symbolizing the unity and light of the senior class.