MCHS Homecoming sets new participation records
For McHenry Community High School District 156, Homecoming 2019 was one for the record books.
Whether it was participation in school dress-up days, Powder Puff football, athletic events or the dance, McHenry High School students went big for Homecoming Week this year, organizers said.
More than 1,500 young people attended the Oct. 12 Homecoming dance, which is an all-time high, school officials said. Leah Pelletier, East Campus science teacher and student council advisor, said in 2016 -- the first year for a combined dance -- there were about 1,100 attendees.
Also, for West Campus, Powder Puff football participation also broke records with 63 junior and 46 senior participants -- 25 more players than last year, according to Greg Eiserman, assistant principal for McHenry High School - West Campus. East Campus had 26 juniors and 30 seniors participate in Powder Puff.
Eiserman said many West Campus teachers had more than 70 percent participation in dress-up days in their classes, and several had 100 percent on at least one day. Sean Sterner, West Campus social science teacher, had 100 percent participation all week in his AIM class.
Pelletier said she also noticed an increase in participation at East Campus. She credits a pre-Homecoming Pep Assembly with getting East Campus students excited about the weeklong festivities.
“We really think giving students a chance to vote on Spirit Days helped with participation,” Pelletier added.
Julianne McGrath, West Campus science teacher and student council advisor, said students went around school with a milk jug to collect votes for Spirit Days. McGrath said she believes word has gotten around that the dance is an event not to be missed, but she was still surprised to run out of tickets.
Student council students always work hard to promote Homecoming and school spirit, McGrath said.