Spring activity participants deprived of homecoming opportunities

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Imagine all the way back to October at the fall homecoming parade. All eyes on four cars in a row. A boy and a girl riding in each car with their bright smile shining out to all the community while waving their confident hand to the bystanders on the side of State Street.

The parade, however, is not the only memorable aspect to being a homecoming candidate. Dressing up and standing in front of the whole home game crowd is one the best confidence boosters a high schooler can receive.

Not only that, but the whole week leading up to the homecoming game on Friday night is usually unforgettable for all eight of the candidates.

Typically, all the candidates dress up together for the theme of that particular day of spirit week.

Becoming closer with your peers and making all the new memories is a feeling in which should be an opportunity with less limitations.

Memories and feelings such as those felt by a homecoming candidate, is not a reality nor an opportunity for those who only play spring sports.

The deprivation is brought to baseball, softball, girls soccer, boys golf, boys tennis and track and field.

More athletes participate in spring sports compared to winter mainly due to the fact that winter only has four sports, while six are available during the spring.

An argument some make is that prom is in the springtime, so people playing spring sports may be up for prom king or queen. However, any senior may be up for prom royalty, and they do not have to participate in a sport whatsoever.

I understand another homecoming would be a lot of work, especially when two other homecomings already exist (and a prom in the same season). However, other solutions exist besides adding another homecoming into the business of spring.

Instead, seniors who have been/will be a part of a spring sport for all four years of high school may be available for homecoming royalty for either fall or winter.

This way, every member of a team has the opportunity to be a part of the homecoming experience.

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