Homecoming will look different at HNHS in 2020

2017 Huntington North High School Homecoming King nominee Robert Borland stands with his sister, Charlotte Borland, during halftime of the 2017 Homecoming game. HNHS homecoming will look a little different this year, as the 2020 parade has been canceled and the number of fans at the football game will be limited.
2017 Huntington North High School Homecoming King nominee Robert Borland stands with his sister, Charlotte Borland, during halftime of the 2017 Homecoming game. HNHS homecoming will look a little different this year, as the 2020 parade has been canceled and the number of fans at the football game will be limited. Photo by Katelynn Farley.

As with many events in 2020, Huntington North High School’s 2020 Homecoming events, slated for Friday, Oct. 9, will look a little different due to COVID-19.

The most drastic change for this year will be the cancellation of the Homecoming parade. The decision to cancel the 2020 parade was made by members of the administration. This will be the second year in a row that the HNHS Homecoming parade has been canceled, as the 2019 parade was unable to be held due to poor weather conditions.

As of Thursday, Oct. 1, no updates on the amount of fans allowed at Kreigbaum Field for football games had been made. For the 2020 season thus far, fans have been limited to parents of athletes and band members, as well as a small student section. Updates may be found on the Huntington North High School website and Facebook page about seating availability and other Homecoming and sporting event updates. ll other homecoming events will run as normally as possible while taking COVID-19 precautions into mind. Freshman, sophomore and junior students voted for two representatives from their grade for the Homecoming court on Friday, Oct. 2. Seniors voted for eight representatives for king and queen nominations. Students will be able to participate in Spirit Week from Monday, Oct. 5, through Friday, Oct. 9. The Spirit Week themes are as follows:

• Monday, Oct. 5, is Holiday Day. Students and staff will dress up as their favorite holidays, such as Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Halloween, etc.

• Tuesday, Oct. 6, is Duo Day. Students and staff may “twin” with a friend or dress up as their favorite duo, such as Batman and Robin.

• Wednesday, Oct. 7, is Tacky Tourist Day. Students and staff may dress in Hawaiian shirts, fanny packs, sandals with socks, etc.

• Thursday, Oct. 8, is Color Block Day. Freshmen will wear green, sophomores will wear purple, juniors will wear orange, seniors will wear blue and staff will wear yellow.

• Friday, Oct. 9, is Viking Apparel Day. Students and staff are encouraged to wear Viking apparel to cheer on their team.

Due to COVID-19 changing around schedules at Huntington North, court photos will be taken on Wednesday, Oct. 7. These photos will be published with all other Homecoming events on Thursday, Oct. 15.

On Friday, Oct. 9, the student body will then vote for their Homecoming king and queen. All eight seniors will be escorted during half-time of the Oct. 9 homecoming game.

The winners for the 2020 Homecoming Court race will be crowned during half-time.

The only changes taking place in comparison to prior years will be that all court members and staff must wear masks the entire time.