Student posters advertise upcoming HoCo 2023 events. Credit: Jayden Doty
Student posters advertise upcoming HoCo 2023 events. Credit: Jayden Doty

Oswego High School will once again host its annual Homecoming dance on Sept. 30. All students must check in no later than 8:00 p.m. with the new theme “Las Vegas.”

This year’s Homecoming dance will be at Oswego High School’s auxiliary gym. The field house will also be open to students for coat check, games, the photo booth, and tables to sit down and relax at. 

If students need fresh air, there will be an expanded, fenced-off outdoor area to host more students outside. There will also be several food truck options for students to choose from. However, food will be an out-of-pocket cost for the student.

“[Students] really shouldn’t need anything for the dance except for their ID and money if they’d like to purchase food,” said OHS Homecoming Adviser and Student Services Guidance Counselor Ms. April Ponte. 

Ticket sales happen through 5-Star Student Store.  Tickets must be purchased by students by Sept. 27 at 5:00 p.m. 

Before purchasing tickets for guests, passes must be approved by the Dean’s Office and turned in by Sept. 26, no later than 2:26 p.m. Everyone must enter the dance by 8 p.m. and no re-entry will be allowed. Students must have their school ID with them for scanning into the dance. 

“Students should always have some form of ID on them at all times anyway. It is good practice for adulthood,” said Ponte. 

OHS Homecoming is run by the OHS Student Council, under the leadership of Ponte and Student Services Guidance counselor Mr. Jacob Cafaro. The council consists of student representatives from all grade levels who organize school events and fundraisers. They voted on the dance theme and will volunteer at homecoming events the entirety of Homecoming Week. 

While the Senior Class Council helped decorate the senior hallway for Homecoming, the Student Council played a large role in the Homecoming theme and decoration ideas. This year’s theme, “Las Vegas’, won the vote. The decorations will follow the Vegas theme, with the Student Council keeping the colors of gold, red, black, and neon in mind.

“I think the students like the look of the cool lights,” said Ponte. “Vegas is a popular getaway, there are different things to do on a trip to Vegas, something there for everyone. More than anything I think they liked the possible decorations!”

While the dance may be fun, students should remember to be on their best behavior while attending. It is important that everyone follows school guidelines in order to keep everyone safe and make sure Homecoming is as fun as possible.

Ponte reminded students that “[a]s this is a school event, students should always be practicing the Panther Pact – Have Ownership, Be Honorable, and Be Safe.”

Schedule of Activities for the Week 

  • Sunday, September 24th – Homecoming Parade in Downtown Oswego – 3:00 pm
  • Monday, September 25th – Mr. Oswego Show – 6:00-7:30 pm
  • Wednesday, September 27th – Powder Puff Game – 6:00 pm
  • Thursday, September 28th – Hallway Decorations Contest – 2:30pm-4:30 pm
  • Friday, September 29th – Pep Assembly at the football stadium – 1:30 pm;
    Homecoming Football Game – Sophomore – 4:30 pm and Varsity – 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, September 30th  – Homecoming Dance – 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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Hello, I'm Gianna! This is my second year on staff, now as a senior in high school. I'm the head of the News and Artwork sections. I'm currently in Color Guard, B.I.O.N.I.C, NAHS, NEHS, Quill & Scroll Honors Society, and Senior Class Council!

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