By Joe Friedrichs
Pilot staff writer
Homecoming week at Brookings-Harbor High School (BHHS) has been far from the average five days of class.
There has been: students wearing underwear on the outside of their pants; faculty fighting in fun with the senior class over who has the most spirit, and losing; dancing flames from a massive bonfire that could be seen for blocks; class songs sung into the night; cheerleaders tossing each other into the sky, hanging for that perfect moment in the silhouette of the moon; decorated students wandering the halls on pirate day, bellowing "Arrggh matey, I darn't want to be attendin' class today;" early class dismissals; laid-back afternoons; school secretaries laughing hysterically at students slipping and sliding down the halls in their cowboy boots; the freshman class finding out the joys of high school; empty flat bed trailers transforming into parade floats within a matter of minutes; Assistant Principal Emmalie Lee calling the high school "the most exciting place in town this week."
There were male cheerleaders on the football team screaming for female football players that have taken their positions; a team of freshman/senior girls defeating a team of junior/sophomore girls in the last seconds of the Powder Puff game; Tiki man shaking hands with Superman on superhero day; Charlie's Angels strutting through the hallways; hair dyed gold; faces painted blue; a group of sophomores chewing straw through study hall on Wild West day; rousing games of musical chairs; hula hoop contests; the voting of a king and queen; dreams of coronation coming true; proud parents watching from the bleachers as their children grown into adults; the stadium lights reflecting on the helmets of athletes; students smashing up cars to take out their aggression on Coquille as part of an evening pep rally.
It was about the senior class showing their school passion by winning spirit week; football, volleyball and soccer coaches waking up with as much excitement as the players; hoards of students taking to the streets of Brookings to make noise and pump up the city; local parks being cleaned by the senior class; a giant rock near the football field being painted blue; police and ambulance cars being washed by seniors on service day; volunteer work performed at the Elk's lodge, Good Samaritan Center, the senior center and South coast Humane Society; students that would normally never talk with one another bonding over a week of relaxation; a student finding an odd shaped piece of plastic on Harris Beach and rather than ask any question, tossing it into a garbage bag; every student at the high school screaming with burning lungs during Friday afternoon's pep rally; banners that say "CLASS of 2006" being hung from the Chetco River bridge as a senior prank; young women buying the perfect dress for Saturday's dance; young men so nervous they can hardly speak when it comes to the thought of pinning on a corsage and loving every minute of it.
Homecoming week occurs every year near this time. All 600-plus students in the BHHS system played a role in the action, no matter how small or large. It's a time for classes to come together and work as one.
As Kristi Winberg, a senior at BHHS, said: "Everybody seemed to get into homecoming week this year.
"It seems like everyone was just really happy the past few days."