Homecoming in Seattle A nontraditional way of celebrating homecoming
At BHS most students participate in two main events for homecoming. This includes going to the homecoming football game and dance on Friday and then going into Seattle on Saturday. Many schools only have a dance where all of the students dress up formally in dresses and suits, and attend the dance at their school. At BHS the dance is where the students go right after the football game in their spirit gear. The following day is when most students get dressed up and head into Seattle to go to dinner or to get on party busses. This whole way of celebrating homecoming has a lot of controversy surrounding it.
Since ages of the students at the high school range from around 13 to 18 years old there is a very large age gap. The tradition of going into Seattle with all of your classmates and close friends with no affiliation to the school causes a lot of parents stress. Many freshman parents do not allow their kids to go into Seattle as they claim it is a dangerous place for kids to be at night unsupervised. Others surprise their kids and will follow them around all night from activity to activity. There are many different perspectives and ways to look at this way of celebrating homecoming.
To some parents it is a time for their kids to grow and begin to make their own choices. To others it is extremely scary for them to accept the fact that their kids are growing up. It can be understood why some of the parents of the younger kids want to make sure their kids are okay and safe. But it is when the parents of juniors and seniors insist on following them it can be hard to understand where they are coming from.
Many upperclassmen make the decision to rent a limo or party bus for their friends to drive around the city in and spend quality time with each other. It is an exciting right of passage to be able to do this and get off of the Island. Although not everyone chooses to rent busses and limos; others prefer to do other activities in Seattle. Some of these things include going to a nice restaurant, going on the ferris wheel, and going to arcades.
Although BHS does not have the traditional homecoming celebrations that many other schools have, it has its own unique way of still making it a great time. The tradition of this has been going on for many, many years and will most likely continue to be this way. The school tries their best to try and end this but they always end up accepting that this is the way it will be.