Homecoming this year was an exciting time for all; from the freshman’s first experience to the senior’s final go around, every aspect of Homecoming 2011 was a blast. From dress- up days to the parade, and the dance every minute of last week was worthwhile and filled with unforgettable memories.
The week started off with Nerd Day. Students dressed up as all kinds of nerds. From suspenders and knee socks, to glasses and retainers, Walker High’s students were at their full on nerdiest. On Tuesday, students dressed up as their favorite characters. Among the costumes, there was the Little Caesar’s man, James Durbin, Chipper Jones, SpongeBob’s, Minnie Mouse’s, Harry Potter characters. Wednesday was Neon Day. The halls were filled with bright colors and crazy patterns. Thursday was Decade’s Day. The freshman dressed as nineties, however a lot of them dressed as babies, since, at the time, they were babies. Sophomore’s rocked the 80’s dressing in their best rock n’ roll attire. Juniors dressed in hippie rags for their 70’s theme. The seniors however, not only dressed but played the part of Senior citizens. From frumpy old house coats, to grey hair, and canes and walkers, the seniors were true senior citizens for the day. On Friday everyone was decked out in all Black and Gold.
Friday was an exciting day. For the freshman it was their first real homecoming experience and one they will never forget. Likewise, it was the senior’s final high school homecoming and it was filled with memories that will last a lifetime. At the pep rally, students cheered on the football as they walked out and really got the energy up and the school spirit flowing. The cheerleaders did a great job dancing and getting students excited for the festivities of that night. Also, the senior boy cheerleaders, although not the best, really got the crowd laughing and into the pep rally. Andrew Harris presented a slideshow of football highlights from the year, getting students, faculty, and parents for another Viking win that night. After the slideshow, the Vikings Choice Awards began with the Student Councils announcement of Homecoming Queen. Five young ladies worked hard for weeks prior. Anna Nicholson received the crown was cheered on from her peers. Senior cheerleaders Mallory Maloy, Molly Morrow, and Jada Farris brought on the tears for the senior class as they read a tribute to the stepping stone they had been through together. Afterwards the seniors locked arms and took part in the toga run, although emotional, a moment the senior class will cherish forever. Afterwards everyone chimed in to sing Walker’s Alma Mater to cheer on the Vikes!
After the pep rally, students rushed outside in preparation for the annual Homecoming parade. The band and football team opened up the parade, followed by the homecoming maids, class favorites, football sponsors, students with decorated cars, and the Homecoming court. The senior’s took a spin to the typical ship style floated and made a rocket ship. Blasting off the Vikes to a victory! The juniors created the Greatest Show on Turf full with acrobats and circus attire. Sophomores got down and groovy on the Vikes Soul Train, while the freshman cast spells on the wildcats with a Hogwarts themed float. This year students, class sponsors, and parents really put a lot of effort into making the class floats extraordinary. The parade this year was one of the best in a long time.
The football game began and the Vikes came out with a slow start, however speeding up the pace to a 14-0 lead going into halftime. The boys came out strong, continuing their domination, pushing the lead to twenty some-odd points. With a final score of 46-6, the Walker Vikings pulled out the W triumphantly.
After the game, students took off to the Electric Avenue hosted by Centerstage. Centerstage put together a great dance full of rave inspired decorations and lighting. The DJ mixed together some wicked beats with some of today’s most popular hits. The students really enjoyed this year’s dance.
Overall this year’s homecoming was one that will go down in the books as a great week! Full of fun and memories made, students will always look back on!