Huntington North High School holds Senior Week; honors fall senior athletes

Walking with her parents, Adam and Kelly Clanin, is Huntington North High School senior and cross country runner Lily Clanin. The week of Aug. 31 through Sept. 4 was dedicated to senior athletes at Huntington North, ending with the senior night football game on Friday evening. Football players and managers, cheerleaders, cross country runners, band members and color guard members were celebrated before the football game on Sept. 4.
Walking with her parents, Adam and Kelly Clanin, is Huntington North High School senior and cross country runner Lily Clanin. The week of Aug. 31 through Sept. 4 was dedicated to senior athletes at Huntington North, ending with the senior night football game on Friday evening. Football players and managers, cheerleaders, cross country runners, band members and color guard members were celebrated before the football game on Sept. 4. Photo by Katelynn Farley.

In the spring, plans for school events like musicals, prom, graduation and more came to a grinding halt due to COVID-19 closures. Events that people in the community had been looking forward to for months were suddenly being postponed or canceled. Entire seasons of sports were missed, and Huntington North High School was unable to continue with their tradition of celebrating their senior athletes during their last home game of the season.

This fall, students, faculty and staff are back in their classrooms and offices, trying to make the best of the COVID-19 situation while still doing what they can to learn and have a sense of normalcy. In the Huntington North athletic department, this means changing up how senior nights usually work.

This year, Huntington North held an entire week dedicated to the fall senior athletes. During the week of Aug. 31 through Sept. 5, HNHS dedicated a day and a dress-up theme for each fall sport. During each team’s home game that week, seniors were celebrated as normally as possible.

Though gifts and flowers could not be passed out for the most part, and masks had to be worn for family and team photos, seniors and their families were still able to celebrate their season and their accomplishments as athletes. Classmates were also able to be present to cheer on the senior athletes.

HNHS Athletic Director Kris Teusch says this was done to ensure everyone got to have their celebration.

“We wanted to ensure that all seniors got to have a senior night. We wanted to be proactive,” Teusch said. “That way, if something does happen down the road, we made sure that each program got to have their senior night. If we didn’t do it this way, and we had waited, some kids wouldn’t have gotten to have their senior night.”

In keeping with tradition, Huntington North will also be holding their Homecoming football game, pending COVID-19 updates. The decision was made to not move up the date of the homecoming football game.This decision came from factors such as the amount of program involvement and timing within the season.