It’s Homecoming week for students at Westmont Hilltop High School, but their football game scheduled for Saturday against Forest Hills has been canceled.
Although, the principal and the seniors at the school aren’t letting the pandemic spoil their fun.
Instead, Westmont Hilltop’s football team will scrimmage themselves Saturday — red versus grey.
“I’m excited. I’m exhausted, but I’m so excited for (Saturday) and whatever the outcome is. I had so much fun with my court, and I’m glad we still got to do stuff with them, even despite the pandemic,” said Senior Kallie Williams.
Principal Lynn Clement says they’ve decided to go one step further to turn a negative into a positive.
At the scrimmage, they’ll be accepting donations for the Women’s Help Center, since October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
“Each class takes on their own personality, and I think the class of 2021 is really going to understand what it means to make an impact on your community, and realize there’s a world bigger than themselves,” Lynn says.
She says they’re still having a bonfire, parade, crowning of the king and queen, and a senior recognition — to still make their homecoming week special.
“Everyone wants to be there for us, and it’s just happening in a different way than we originally expected. But it’s still happening, and that’s just amazing,” said Senior Lakyn Davis.
Senior David Assad says everybody came together to make Homecoming week the best it could be.
“We’re doing as much as we can with what we have,” David said.
Also at Westmont Hilltop High School — Friday morning, David decided to organize a parade for the school’s custodial staff.
David says he contacted his principals, set up a tunnel of students and teachers lining the halls for maintenance workers to walk through, had t-shirts made, and even hosted a breakfast for them.
He says he wanted to recognize the staff for keeping their school clean, and for working extra hard during the pandemic.
“Everything from the teachers to the custodial staff just working together, and helping to make our school clean and safe, is what they need to be recognized for. I didn’t think they got enough recognition for that,” Assad said.