Riverside High School recently celebrated its annual Homecoming, but with a bit of a different twist this year. Riverside had one day designated as spirit day, where students were encouraged to wear Riverside clothing, mis-match day, where students dressed as un-matched as possible, and pajama day, on which day students actually wore their pajamas to school. But this year, Riverside added a theme day to the regular festivities.
According to Kristen Emery, Riverside cheerleading sponsor, the idea came from Brookland High School. Each class chose a theme, and class sponsors and officers decided what food to serve based on the theme. For example, the sophomore class chose Hollywood actors as their theme, the junior class picked the Mardi Gras, while the senior class elected to go with a western theme and dress up as cowboys and cowgirls. Classes were then judged on originality and participation. The senior class won this year's contest. According to Emery, the idea was very well received by the students and participation was at an all-time high.
In addition, the senior high cheerleaders performed a special routine during the pep rally as well as at halftime of the senior game, which was to the overall Homecoming theme of "Welcome to the Jungle". The cheerleaders had special uniforms made to wear while performing the routine to match the theme.
Tiffany Timms, senior high cheerleading captain, stated, "We worked very hard during Homecoming week, and it paid off. Our student body showed tremendous spirit all week, and especially during the game against Bay. It was really a fun week."