Deerfield High School students celebrate a rocking homecoming
Members of Deerfield High School's swimming and diving teams make their entrance Friday during the school's homecoming pep rally. | Jerry Daliege~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 4, 2012 7:46AM
DEERFIELD — For the first time in the school’s history, Deerfield High School’s homecoming pep rally was accompanied by a professional disc-jockey and sound system that rocked the school gym Friday.
The boom from the speakers that towered more than 10 feet high provided a nightclub-like experience as the pom pom team performed several routines throughout the spirited, hour-long pep rally.
“We wanted to change it up for the kids,” said Brian Versario, Deerfield High School’s activities coordinator. “Normally we just do the pep rally with the school’s speakers. This year I think the kids really liked it.”
Throughout the after school rally, students barely sat down on their bleacher seats and the music never stopped, except when the Warriors Marching Band picked up the beat.
One of the highlights of the day was a musical chairs competition that pitted students from each of the four classes against each other. By the last round, when only one chair remained, DHS senior Emily Wilks, came out on top.
Another popular spirit game was a shoe toss competition. Students had to toss their shoes with their feet, hoping to land them on top of a table about 10 feet away. Senior Kate Mannebach won that competition.
Former Deerfield High School graduate Christina Loukas, who competed in diving during the London Summer Olympics, stopped by the pep rally, too, to take in the festivities.
The pep rally was held just before the annual homecoming football game, in which the Warriors took on Maine West. The homecoming dance was held Saturday with an Olympic theme, called “Let the Games Begin,” in the school gym. About 500 tickets had been sold before the dance and more were expected to be purchased at the door, Versario said.
The Friday afternoon pep rally had capped off an action-packed week of special homecoming events at the school, he added. Monday was pajama day; Tuesday was class color day; students had the day off Wednesday; Thursday was Olympic day; and Friday was red and grey spirit day.