Hinsdale South High School’s homecoming this year had an enchanted forest theme, though the enchantment did not extend until the end of the homecoming game Friday night.
The Hornets varsity football team was defeated by Willowbrook South High School 38-33, but there was a week of fun leading up to the game and the homecoming dance.
Dress-up days featured neon colors, crazy socks and an all black attire blackout day. One day, a disc jockey played music in the cafeteria, with dance contests erupting during each lunch period.
Friday afternoon, South held a coronation assembly to announce homecoming king Robert (Bobby) Smid, and queen D’Asia(Baby D) Cobbins.
Their homecoming court was Christopher Jackson, Colton Kotecki, Joseph Mazzei, Jaylen Plaxico, Jenna Deolitsis, Malina Novelle, Kayla Ramos and Alexis Wolfe.
They entered the gym carried on chairs by other students in miniature cars and tossing footballs to each other.
The rest of the student body, each in their school T-shirt with their year of graduation, formed blocks of color in the bleachers, with the class of 2021 in gold, the class of 2020 in bright blue, the class of 2019 in lime green and this year’s seniors, the class of 2018, in black.
The noise level and the heat in the gymnasium soared during the assembly, with performances by the varsity cheer and dance teams.
South also elects a princess and princess from each of the lower grades, said teachers Tracy McDonald and Stephanie Guthrie, who co-sponsored the homecoming committee. The junior prince and princess were Joris Bizys and Rebecca Luckett; the sophomore prince and princess were Joshua Hargrove and Crysta Davis; and the freshman prince and princess were Micah Thomas and Alicja Iwaniec.
During the week, students decorated the doors and hallways with the enchanted forest theme. The art, illusions and photo clubs won top honors and a pizza party for the imaginative trees they designed as a team. Their 6-feet tall trees stood in the hallway with designated spots on the floor for people to stand for a selfie.
Decorated with gold ribbon, paper bees and birds, spray-painted tissue paper, masks and a rainbow of colored yarn, the students created the birds and bees tree, the dryad tree and the yarn-bombed tree.