Senior Megan Goldbranson loved the annual parade that traditionally launched Hinsdale South’s homecoming festivities. But she said the new tradition is an even better way to kick off homecoming week.
Hinsdale South began a week of celebrations and activities Monday with a carnival-like event called Stingerfest. Held in Hornet Stadium, the festival included games, music, an inflatable obstacle course, crafts and food.
Faculty sponsor Tracy McDonald said the annual parade had run its course.
“It was kind of old,” she said.
And because the event took place on a Monday afternoon, it was tough to get an audience.
“A lot of time we were marching for ourselves,” McDonald said.
She said Stingerfest is intended as a cross between a carnival and a family picnic. It also offers a way for some of the school’s many clubs to make a little money.
QLuBs LeGitimate, the school’s gay-straight alliance group, offered students the chance to treat a teacher to a pie in the face. Members of the Music Honor Society led a game of “Name That Tune.” Others offered crafts, such as tie-dye and bracelets.
Stingerfest was just the start of Monday’s activities. The festivities continued with the traditional bonfire and Stingerbowl — South’s version of powderpuff football that pits girls from the junior class against senior girls.
“It definitely drew more attention to the Stingerbowl and bonfire,” said junior Marissa Dupont of Burr Ridge, who agreed that Stingerfest is a welcome addition to the South homecoming tradition.
“It was a really fun experience for the entire school,” she said.
Homecoming continues throughout the week, with activities and events planned each day leading up to the football game on Friday and the dance on Saturday.
For senior band member Goldbranson, the highlight comes Friday, when students and teachers gather for the school assembly.
“The band gets the chance to march in the hallways on Friday during 10th period and it gets the entire school pumped and ready for an amazing hour ahead,” said Goldbranson.
This year, she also is a member of the homecoming court.
“I am learning about the level of impact that I have had on this school and I am proud to be a Hinsdale South Hornet,” Goldbranson said. “That is what homecoming means, realizing that this is your home and you are loved and welcomed here forever.”