Homecoming 2012 has come to a close at Lincoln-Way East.
Reigning over it was Homecoming King Tom Maxeiner and Homecoming Queen Allison Kowal who were selected by their peers and crowned at the pep assembly on Friday, Sept. 28.
They were joined on the football field by the Homecoming Court princes and princesses: seniors Jack Bainbridge, Kayley Smetana, Denton Erickson and Alaina Putman; juniors Tommy DiNaso and Kendall Nepote; sophomores Austin Blair and Lauren Fister; and freshmen Kyle Manka and Maria Conversa.
“Homecoming is always a fun time for the students and helps to build school spirit,” said Student Council sponsor Laura Rycyna.
The homecoming festivities began Sunday, Sept. 23 when members of student council came in to decorate the entry doors and school cafeteria with streamers, signs and balloons. They encouraged classmates to show their school spirit by dressing up in a different theme each day.
Monday was Beach Day, Tuesday was Country Western Day, Wednesday was Pink Day, Thursday was ‘80s Day and Friday was Black and Blue Day.
On Tuesday night, students staged their first annual Homecoming Olympics, gathering on the football field where they competed in a series of relay races.
On Friday, students gathered in the athletic stadium for an all-school pep rally, which featured performances by the Marching Griffins, cheerleaders and poms.
The ROTC got the assembly started by posting the colors, and the school’s Madrigal Singers sang the National Anthem.
The assembly came to a close when faculty and staff members (including Principal Scott Tingley) staged a flash mob, performing a series of choreographed dance steps to music.
That night, Lincoln-Way East’s football team went on to defeat Bolingbrook High School 42-19.
On Saturday, more than 1,500 students gathered in the school gymnasium for a Hollywood-themed Homecoming Dance.