By Clay Peters and Ahna Rader
Graphics by Mackenzie Phan
At the beginning of every year there’s an integral part of Timberline traditions: Homecoming. Homecoming traditionally involves a football game, assembly and a dance; one key part of the dance being homecoming court, which consists of a King and Queen.
The behind the scenes of Homecoming is a mystery to most students; the only exceptions being the Associated Student Body, or ASB for short. Leadership Advisor and Coordinator Beth Belisle said, “the most important aspect for me is bringing all of the grade levels, the staff, the community of current, future and past of Timberline blazers together in a celebratory manner.”
One celebratory part of the dance itself is the homecoming court. Every year couples from each grade level campaign to win homecoming King and Queen. This long standing tradition allows for all students to participate in homecoming festivities. Senior Gunner Miller who is running for homecoming king opens up about what it means to him. “It feels especially surreal this year because it’s fiftieth anniversary and it just means a lot more than it would’ve if I won it previous years,” said Miller. “Seeing a lot of my friends get on last year and seeing my friend become king last year was cool.” Homecoming court is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate various couples and students among the masses of Timberline, even if it is just for one night.
Senior Class Treasurer Neo O’Brien explained how leadership sets up for the dance each year. “It’s rushed,” said O’Brien. “We don’t have that much time but we have a lot to do. [For example] design, where the money goes, DJ, fireworks at homecoming, security, chaperones, all kinds of stuff.”
After explaining the process, O’Brien gave insight as to what he believed the most important part of Homecoming was. “The people,” said O’Brien. “That’s what makes the dance. It doesn’t matter what we do to be honest, it’s all about what the people do.” Homecoming represents the origins of Timberline, and what the school means to its students. Belisle sums up the tradition, “you know [it’s] just blazer territory. [By] using the vehicle of some class competitions [at] the assembly and some sport recognitions [it helps to] foster that unity and celebration.”