Del Norte Students is a new column that will appear periodically. Today's column was written by Emma Card of Del Norte High School.

The beginning of another school year for us Del Norte High students inevitably comes around at the peak of our summer fun.

The sound of that tedious alarm clock early in the morning brings with it the stresses of grades, sports and school in general. Any teenager can be overwhelmed by these responsibilities.

To provide peace of mind through the long year we all have winter,

spring, and summer break marked down on the calendar. But commonly, we

forget to account for the anticipation of the largest community and

student effort, homecoming week.

The homecoming excitement begins the weekend before homecoming while

we are sitting around on Sunday desperately trying to construct outfits

for spirit week.

By Sunday night you have your broken glasses, suspenders, and your

high water pants laid out on your unmade bed for an amusing nerd day.

All week students strut their school spirit in form of clothing. From

neon day to the proud blue and gold day, you'll never see more


At last the big day finally arrives on the Friday of spirit week. As

soon as you walk in to the school the sight of class hallways leaves you

with nothing less than a mesmerizing experience. Each hall is engulfed

in every decoration imaginable, demonstrating the dedication and

originality of Warrior students.

Kids now fully understand that homecoming is no joke; they wander

through the halls with a bit of pep in their step in apprehension of the

events to come.

The day carries on, pretending to be normal, even though everyone is

lathered up in blue and gold face paint. The entire student body seems

to have a relaxed, humorous manner. This is the case for most, with the

exception of the few who possess the proud uniform, a focused look, and

headphones in their ears - members of the Del Norte Warrior football


The correlation of the day's activities continues with sound of the

early final bell signaling students to pile into the gym for the annual

spirit rally. The hour contains a plethora of gimmicks designed to

entertain the students, who are now ready and pumped for the following

event, the homecoming parade.

In the gravel parking lot, floats organized by class await the

audacious Warriors. The parade takes its course around the town

receiving attention and praise from local businesses from and from

children (I refer to them as "Warriors in the making") on the sidewall

awaiting their candy.

The finale begins as soon as the kicker's toe comes in contact with

our game ball, and we are ready for the homecoming football game. The

stands are filled end to end with fans. In addition to the game action,

there are half-time performances by cheer, drill, band members, the

announcement of princesses, the lighting of the Flaming W and finally

the fireworks are all floating in the air.

Our mentality is that the football game's result won't really set in

until Saturday morning when we are wiping away face paint from our

pillows, so let's make this a night to remember.

Emma Card is a Del Norte High junior, a Leadership Class student and a varsity volleyball and basketball player.