Second Baptist School celebrates a monumental Homecoming.
Homecoming Pep Rally
The start of the 2021 Homecoming festivities began toward the end of a long school day. For the first time since the pandemic in 2020, the E Gym was filled with chattering students from all grades, excited for the Homecoming Pep Rally. With performances from cheerleaders, band and Golden Girls, this pep rally certainly built excitement for the game. Cheerleader Caroline Hawkins ‘23 remarked that the pep rally was "really cool since it was the first all-school pep rally since COVID happened." She also couldn't help but note the creativity of the pep rally games "showing the connection students have between grades because of their siblings." As the name suggests, the pep rally succeeded in making everyone in attendance excited for that night's home football game.
Alumni Dinner - Celebrating our Alumni
SBS also welcomed back over 400 guests for the annual Alumni Dinner. Catered by Pappasitos, alumni gathered under the tent to reminisce on their time spent here at SBS over the years. Alumni Relations Coordinator Courtney Tauber said it “was incredibly special to see so many alumni, alumni parents and members of the SBS community all gathered together in fellowship. You could feel the energy and excitement in the tent, and I’m thankful for everyone who came out to celebrate this fun SBS tradition, especially on our school's 75th anniversary year.”
Bright lights shone down onto the field as students, parents, alumni and faculty filled the stadium. It was finally game time and the varsity football team stormed onto the field. The game started in gridlock as both teams exchanged offensive drives to little avail. After Woodlands Christian took a short lead in the first quarter, the mighty Eagles retaliated, commanding the lead as both teams headed into their locker rooms for halftime.
Halftime marked a memorable occasion as students were reminded of their predecessors; the state champion alumni teams of SBS were honored, followed by the anticipated annual homecoming court announcements. This year's King and Queen were seniors Austin Courtney and Ava Loveless. The rest of the court was made up of freshmen - Olivia Shoemaker and Wes Baker, sophomores - Caroline Lane and JD Crisp and juniors - Linley Norris and Grayson Gandolfo. Junior Prince Grayson Gandolfo remarked he "felt confident that he was going to win" but is undoubtedly grateful he had the opportunity to be nominated for such a timeless tradition. Finishing off half time, the Golden Girls took the muddy field, stunning the stands with a captivating kick routine. Golden Girl Lauren Schweers ‘23 remembers the night as a "blast, laughing with her friends as the mud-splattered up from the field during their performance, but in traditional Golden Girl spirit we didn't give up and persevered through the performance even in the rugged environment."
Following the halftime festivities, the Eagles retained the lead during the remainder of the game, winning handily 34-22. Junior wide receiver Karsten Chambers said that one of the contributing factors of the win was the student section cheering on the team and trying to help the Eagles win the game even from the stands.
Upper School Homecoming Dance
After the game concluded, the upper school student body donned their 1920s attire for The Great Gatsby Homecoming Dance. Excited about the win, students rushed into the E Gym, which had been transformed from the pep rally to fit the 1920s era. The dance was a spectacle, and many were in awe of the variety of attire worn by students. Gerry Vazquez ‘23 noted that he "loved the atmosphere and ambiance present as well as everyone's formal attire." With good friends, food and music, many people didn't want to leave the dance at the end of the night. Junior Scarlett Gunn even remarked that she "wished the dance wouldn't have ended," portraying the night as one she and other students will surely not forget any time soon.