West Las Vegas is promising a bigger and better homecoming this year.
West Las Vegas homecoming 2008 will feature a lot of activities that through the years went by the wayside such as singing the school fight song around a towering bonfire and handing out corsages for parents of seniors.
Thanks to the creativity of the student council, homecoming week will also include many things that will create an atmosphere of spirit for the student body and the community, organizers said.
This year’s theme is “West Las Vegas Olympics” in honor of the recent Beijing Games.
Student council president Christa Lucero said, “We’re bringing back a lot of old traditions. That was our goal for this year — to bring back a lot of old spirit and get the school and the town involved again.”
During a meeting finalizing activities for next week’s fun, there were many large and small details that had to be worked out. Students will be testing on one of the days during the week and there are volleyball games scheduled, so the student council was meeting with principal Gene Parson to make last-minute changes before the final schedule of events went to print and were delivered to the media.
“It’s a lot more work than we expected. We had to get permits from the city. We have to make sure we are following all the school regulations and coordinate with the police and the fire departments to make sure they are there for the bonfire and for security purposes. Yes, it’s a lot of work, but in the end it will pay off,” Lucero said.
Parliamentarian Jamie Archuleta said, “We want to make this a memorable year for the whole student body, especially the seniors. In future years, maybe the underclassmen will continue what we are doing, and maybe even improve on what we are doing.”
On Monday, the student council has scheduled a talent competition between students and alumni. Anyone interested in participating is asked to call Parson at 426-2500 to sign up.
Parson said he is very proud of council members.
“They’ve been extremely active, not only for homecoming, but for any issue or concern that arises. They have been very proactive at being young adults, and this shows true leadership in the making. If I compare this student council to those in past years, these young men and women have been more active than those in the last several years. They have certainly made my job a lot easier.”
Parson said this year’s homecoming would feature lots of homecoming giveaways like green and gold stickers, war-paint decals and thunder sticks.