Fall semester in school represents a lot things: sideline season, football,
trees changing color, pumpkin spice EVERYTHING, and the official launch of
holiday décor in stores. One thing all high school students look forward to is
their school’s Homecoming weekend, where school spirit is at an all-time high
and camaraderie has never been greater. It’s a time to bond with new students,
boost enthusiasm to be back in school, and to create lasting memories. If
you’re a cheerleader, it’s more probable that you, or one of your immediate
friends, may be nominated for a spot in your classes’ Homecoming court. If this
is your senior year, you may even be nominated for King or Queen! Whether this
means very little or everything to you, what matters is knowing how to respond
appropriately when you hear the news that you’re officially on the ballot. Just
in case you need some help in the reaction department, we break it down for
1. Remain humble on the outside by
freaking out on the inside.
If you’ve been dreaming about this day since
you first strapped cheer shoes onto your little Pee Wee feet when you were
three, this could be hard for you. Even if you never thought you would be
nominated in a million years, you don’t want to look like a jerk by
overreacting and rubbing it in other people’s faces that they didn’t make the
cut. Homecoming Court is for the students that are exceptional examples of
their school–the humble, the honorable, and the worthy.
2. Hide your
OK, let’s say you didn’t think this would ever happen. Don’t act
too surprised! Obviously, people recognize that you’re a model student, so now
is the time to accept the fact that you’re more notable then you think you are.
3. Smile and be
Again, being nominated means that your student body thinks
highly of you, so don’t act like a brat. Acknowledge your peers by being
grateful and showing humility.
4. Stay out of
You might be on the ballot, but there is still a voting
process that takes place between the initial announcement of candidates and the
ceremonious unveiling of who gets the crown. Thus, ditch any possibility of
scandalous behavior that could jeopardize your chances. If you get caught in
the middle of unwanted drama, pull a Taylor Swift and politely excuse yourself
from the narrative.
5. Don’t be a tyrant
if you win.
Nobody likes a braggy, showy winner. #InstantRegret.
6. And, don’t be a
sore loser if someone else takes the crown.
Homecoming Court does not
symbolize anything in the long run: you’re no less of a person if you don’t
win, and there will be plenty of opportunities throughout your life to earn awards
and acknowledgement from others. Plus, there’s always Prom in the spring! So,
if your name doesn’t get called, clap and cheer for the person who did win like
a good sport.
What else should you
do if you’re nominated for Homecoming Court? What was your experience? Share
your stories in the comments!