by Chloe Lemunyan, New Hope-Solebury Class of 2014
This year’s homecoming was unlike any of the other homecoming celebrations in New Hope’s history. It was an event-packed day that included Pajama Day, the girls’ volleyball game against archrival Christopher Dock Mennonite High School, and the most thrilling school board meeting in recent memory, where the community filled the theater seats and helped lift the ban on the stadium lights.
During the rest of the week, the level of spirit remained high. Crazy socks, wacky clothes, sweaters, cardigans, sombreros and school spirit attire were worn all week. It could have been considered one of the biggest nights in New Hope history.
The girls’ volleyball team came very close to beating Christopher Dock. Freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors all came together to root for their volleyball team. The game was 2-2 until the fifth game, which went past 15, with Dock winning 17-15.
During the game, what seemed like the entire community was sitting in the auditorium helping to stop the ban on the stadium lights. Voice after voice, including persuasive speeches by Connor Smith and Anna Vidakovic, both from the class of 2015, made it clear that the New Hope community wanted to keep the lights on for night games. By the end of the meeting, board members voted to keep the lights on for next season.
Unfortunately the football game was cancelled due to weather but girls’ soccer, tennis, field hockey, boys’ soccer, and cross country still competed. Boy’s soccer senior night was rainy, but the boys trumped through and ended up winning 3-0 against Lower Moreland. The cross-country team beat Bristol, Calvary Christian, and Delaware County Christian on their senior night.
The pep rally on Friday wrapped up the in-school festivities.
On Saturday, all the clubs and sports teams at the school walked through downtown New Hope in the annual homecoming parade. It was very close competition, but the seniors and freshmen ended up winning the float decorating competition. The dance on Saturday night wrapped up homecoming 2K13.
The gym was flooded with people who took part in the fiesta-themed dance. The dance was deejayed by freshman Jacob McCloskey, and with an hour left the homecoming court was announced: Tabitha Liucci and DJ Jacob were crowned the Lord and Lady of homecoming; Jacquie Whitney and Tobi Oliveira were crowned Duke and Duchess; Avery Jones and Olivia Knable were declared Prince and Princess; and Joseph Dwight and Kyle Chapin were crowned King and Queen this year.
It was a great night and an even better week. Everyone in the community got involved and hopefully everyone can continue this level of enthusiasm for the rest of the year.
Although the size of this school may be small, the amount of passion and school pride that runs through its hallways is astonishing.