Colorful costumes flood the hallways, sentiments of school pride fill the air, and blue and gold streamers are visible everywhere. Students vote on the homecoming court, meticulously circling their favorite candidates. SBS cheerleaders and Golden Girls lead students in a game day rally before the night’s big game. These are all signs of homecoming happening at SBS!
Second Baptist School’s homecoming week kick-started Monday, October 19, as upper school students arrived on campus in their best neon attire! The tradition of themed days was welcomed back to campus and upper school students eagerly donned their favorite styles, paying homage to the predetermined themes of Aloha, Out of this World, Class Colors and Disney. Faculty in middle and upper school also joined in the spirit-filled fun!
Feeling inspired and excited, students decorated their cars with blue and gold streamers, and football players, cheerleaders and Golden Girls worked tirelessly in preparation for the biggest day of the week, Friday. When it finally arrived, senior athletes arrived at school early to energetically greet students and families in morning carpool. The day was off to a great start!
Later on, the homecoming game day rally went old school by hosting the event outside on the football field, a flashback to the early 2000s at SBS. As upper school students spread out across the bleachers, they geared up for the typical Houston heat to cheer on the Eagles. Cheer and Golden Girls performed routines and students participated in socially distanced pep rally games. The rally ended in class yells with a triumphant senior class! Afterward, the seniors enjoyed a special Cabo Bob’s lunch that included exciting games and celebration, hosted by the junior class and the Advancement Fellows, Grace Lunsford ‘22 and Naomi Konuma ‘22.
Blue and Gold - Go Eagles!
As fans entered the stadium for the homecoming game, the excitement was palpable. Many students, parents, friends and teachers walked onto the football field for the first time this school year. Homecoming traditions were honored although modified with masks and a little more hand sanitizer. And in true Houston fashion, a brisk cool front blew in, making the atmosphere alive with the spirit of competition!
Football players made their dramatic exit out of a giant inflatable eagle as the fight song played and the SBS Vision Choir opened the game with the singing of the national anthem for the first time this school year. The SBS community was flooded with a sense of normalcy as they greeted each other and sat down to cheer on their Eagles. The game was off to a strong start with several touchdowns as the band played; the crowd yelled, and the cheer team shook their poms. Halftime was filled with impressive dance routines and gravity-defying flips along with the presentation of the 2020 Homecoming Court. This year’s king and queen were crowned as the football team gathered in the locker room discussing their strategy for the second half of the game. The Eagles continued to add touchdowns and decisively beat Lutheran South with a final score of 49-0.
The 2020 Homecoming Court
Queen: Leyla Ertan
King: Prince Adeyemi
Junior Princess: Autumn Malone
Junior Prince: Eli Smith
Sophomore Princess: Kate Marshall
Sophomore Prince: Max Flessner
Freshman Princess: Morgan Warren
Freshman Prince: J.D. Booth
Congratulations to all the nominees!
A True Homecoming
Although many alumni were not able to travel home, a memorable dinner was hosted for the recently graduated class of 2020 at Local Foods before the game. Kendall Pennington ‘20 shared, “I was so happy to come home and see my old teachers and classmates again! Even though it wasn’t a traditional homecoming, I loved getting to catch up and share new experiences with my high school friends.”
A spirit-filled week ended as football players, cheerleaders and Golden Girls gathered on the field and led the crowd in the SBS Fight Song. Homecoming week this year celebrated more than just school pride; it represented a community uniting together and leading courageously even through confusing times. With great enthusiasm, great spirit and great pride in our Eagles, our community cheered our team to victory. Happy Homecoming, and Go Eagles!