OPINION: Homecoming, to go or not to go?

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OPINION: Homecoming, to go or not to go?

The PLHS Homecoming theme has been decided by the PLHS Student Council.

The PLHS Homecoming theme has been decided by the PLHS Student Council.

Hannah Shin

The PLHS Homecoming theme has been decided by the PLHS Student Council.

Hannah Shin

Hannah Shin

The PLHS Homecoming theme has been decided by the PLHS Student Council.

Hannah Bishop, Staff Writer

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Homecoming is the night to remember for a majority of Papillion-LaVista high school students, especially underclassmen. For a small number of students, the idea evokes a sense of disinterest, for a plethora of reasons. So many factors come together to create one’s homecoming experience; the game, their past experiences, and how they feel beforehand.

When members of the student council were coming to a decision on the theme of the 2019 homecoming, they considered several options, but ultimately decided on a 1950’s theme of a malt shop. As with any school-sponsored dance theme, some individuals love it and others hate it. The overall opinion on the theme appears to be positive or neutral, with negative opinions far and few in-between.

“I’m part of student council, so I helped to decide it,” junior Grace Khayati said. “I like it, I just think it might be a little bit hard to execute, but I think it will turn out really cute.”

Deciding on a theme is one thing, to create an unforgettable night for thousands of students is another. An individual’s homecoming experience is dependent on many factors; the environment, who they attend with, and their expectations. As with any event, everyone has their favorite and worst parts.

“The smell of the gym after everyone gets out is actually disgusting,” Khayati said.

Others enjoy the overall homecoming experience and dislike the crowds and overwhelming number of attendees. Having to socialize is at the top of their lists for things they don’t enjoy about the dance.

“[My] least favorite part is the people that go,” junior Lauren Silknitter said. “[My] favorite part is going with my friends, like getting ready and dancing around.”

When it comes to choosing between the homecoming dance or the game, opinions on enjoyment are divided. Whether it be the game with the crowds or the dance with the music and overall environment, both have their faults.

“I like the social aspect of football games,” Khayati said.

The question of whether or not to attend the festivities has students on the fence. Just as prom is a “crucial” part of the high school experience, so is homecoming. It gives you the opportunity to make lasting memories with your closest friends, while also offering a great atmosphere to meet new people and create beautiful friendships. Even if you’re not interested in dances or large social events, attending homecoming may enrich your high school experience.

Just do it.

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