By Emily Riley
One of the most iconic parts of homecoming week (besides the dance of course) is the class hallway decorations. Each year the freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors are assigned different themes based on the overall theme of homecoming- this year’s being ‘Got Game’. The freshman were Monopoly, sophomores had Clue, juniors had the Game of Life, and seniors had Candyland. The class with the most extravagantly decorated hallway wins the spirit stick, which represents the most spirited grade. Seniors have a history of winning the hallway decorations and the spirit stick every year, and freshman usually seem to lack interest in participating. This year, however, lots of people from all four grades stayed after school to decorate,
The freshman (right half of the 500 hallway) hallway was filled with music from someone’s phone, lots of cardboard cutouts and Monopoly money. People tend to believe that the freshman hallway is always a slump, but the first year high schoolers put in a lot of effort Thursday night. “I’m just nervous that we won’t [do a good job] because I feel like it’s just going to be a disaster, because we’re freshman so I feel like people aren’t going to really love it, but we’re trying our best,” said Kerri Carr. They had been prepping for two weeks beforehand and were ready to stay as long as they needed.
The sophomores, (left side of the 500 hallway) took on the task of making a mysterious Clue themed hallway, and certainly accomplished it with their creepy murder-mystery decorations. Usually underclassman are wary of the hallway decorations because of the junior and seniors’ tendency to win, but this year’s sophomores were confident in their work. “Actually it’s turned out really well, I think we did really good this year,” said sophomores Sophia Blanco and Fatimah Barokah.
The junior hallway (200 hallway) was certainly filled with lively decorations. Walking through the hallway was made to represent walking through someone’s life, and was filled with bright decorations. As brand new upperclassmen, the juniors were eager to show just how school spirited they were.
At last, the senior hallway. Made to look like you were walking through Candyland itself, the seniors definitely rose to the occasion, whether it was through their giant gingerbread house or life size paintings of all the favorite Candyland characters. As seniors, the expectations to make an amazing hallway is definitely high. “The past couple of years the seniors have had really good hallways, and I honestly don’t know how we can top it but hopefully we’ll pull through,” said Erica Wilson, who has participated in decorating homecoming hallways for her freshman, sophomore, and junior year. Prepared to stay all night, the seniors were dedicated to making their hallway look as magical and candy-filled as possible.
Ironically, the classes won in their reverse order, seniors in first, followed by the juniors, sophomores, and freshman. That being said, the effort from all the classes was tremendous, and even though it is isn’t often recognized that students stay so late after school to make it happen, all Tuscarora students definitely enjoyed the game board hallways from each class.
*Click the link below to see the transformation of the senior hallway!*