The Greatest Show on Turf!
Homecoming is an annual tradition celebrated at Awty. It is a time to celebrate your school and, for those who have graduated, a time to come home to your campus, see old friends and reminisce about school days gone by.
Awty is excited to present Homecoming 2017! It’s a week of celebrating Awty, uniting the community, and showcasing our Ram Pride. Each day of Homecoming there will be special events and activities on campus. Make sure to mark your calendars for November 6-10, 2017 and join us for the Homecoming Soccer Games on the evening of November 10.
It’s a great time to be a Ram whether you’re an alum, a student, a parent, a friend, faculty, or staff. Come back to campus for Homecoming to reconnect with this fantastic community, celebrate everything that’s new, and get excited about the bright future we have to look forward to. There’s something fun for everyone!
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2017 Theme Days
Monday, November 6: Pajama Day
Tuesday, November 7: Under the Big Top - Favorite Circus Animal or Character
Wednesday, November 8: Wacky Wednesday - Crazy Hair & Socks, Tie-Dye, Mismatch Patterns
Thursday, November 9: Sport Your Sport - Wear your favorite jersey or team gear
Friday, November 10: Green & Gold - Show your Awty Spirit!
2017 - King Taddeo Toffanin and Queen Ameila Ward
2016 - King Karim Machkhas and Queen Tayma Machkhas
2015 - King Antoine Biebuyck and Queen Catherine Ohrt
2014 - King Armando Ortiz and Queen Isis Acogny
2013 - King Naim Mekdessi and Queen Armanda Simon
2012 - King Carlos Luis Garcia and Queen Melanie Guirette
2011 - King Hashim Alawami and Queen Claire Jardin
2010 - King Luke Thompson and Queen Babette Hohrath
2009 - King Kendall Russ and Queen Charlotte Peeters
2008 - King Pastor Oropeza and Queen Rachel Holden
2007 - King Philip Queller and Queen Sophie Peeters
2006 - Queen Lucie Pognonec
2003 - Queen Brechtje Sopnel
2002 - Queen Sarah Mansur
2001 - Queen Anna Wittenberg
2000 - Queen Sarah Tranter
1999 - Queen Lisa Hedge
1998 - Queen Joanna Hedge
1997 - Queen Asli Pamir
1996 - Queen Mona Lisa Al Attar
1995 - Queen Kelley Robins
1996 - Queen Nadia Bahrani
1995 - Queen Yego Shimelis
1994 - Queen Rachel Lavaver
1993 - Queen Laura Williton
1992 - Queen Claire Jaubert
1991 - Queen Christina Pease
1990 - Queen Sarah Hittner
1989 - Queen Helene Berge
1988 - Queen Staci Spangler
1987 - Queen Andrea Paoloski
1986 - Queen Irena Moon
1985 - Queen K.D. Evans
1984 - Queen Kim Gaido
1983 - Queen Tammy Christensen
- Monday, November 6
- Tuesday, November 7
- Wednesday, November 8
- Thursday, November 9
- Friday, November 10
- Saturday, November 11
Hot Dogs and Sausage and Burgers. . . Oh My!
Not only does Awty’s Homecoming game week feature the Varsity Soccer Games on Friday, it also serves as a key fundraiser for the school’s Student Council. Every year, the Awty Dads Club graciously supplies the food and volunteers their time and culinary skills to help make this annual event a success. From 6:00 p.m., until the last burger is served, make sure to stop by the Field House and purchase these internationally renowned burgers to fill your appetite. All the fixings will be available as well as vegetarian options.
In order to help those students and parents new to Awty and the Homecoming experience, below are some common questions and answers as well as explanations of various events/traditions seen during Homecoming Week.
Cheerleading in the U.S. is considered a sport. It is a combination of dance and gymnastics and demands great strength and coordination. Students typically attend an intensive camp like other sports and practice during the week. They cheer at various sporting events and are responsible for encouraging school spirit in all students.
One game during the soccer season is chosen as the "Homecoming Game" where the players and cheerleaders are recognized. It is a time where the whole school is invited to participate, showing the Awty School Spirit.
Homecoming Week consists of various events and customs, including the following:
Each day of Homecoming Week has a theme (wacky clothes, green and gold day, T-shirt day, etc.) and friendly, competitive activities for students mainly in the Middle and Upper School to build excitement during the week, culminating in a Friday Pep Rally. Special activities are planned for the Preschool and Lower School to encourage their participation and build Awty Spirit.
This event is held on Friday morning to build school spirit for the Homecoming Game held that night. The entire student body is gathered in the PAAC and the event is usually hosted by the cheerleaders. They lead various cheers and encourage everyone to show their Awty Spirit. Sorry, no parents due to space constraints.
First, the Student Council requests nominations for the Homecoming Court. Then, the Council announces the Homecoming Court and creates a ballot to select the King and Queen, which is voted on individually at school (secret ballot). The Council then announces the King and Queen during halftime of the boy's game.
The following evening there is usually a Homecoming Dance for all Upper School students.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Will there be a Homecoming T-shirt?
This year there will NOT be a Homecoming T-shirt. Students, employees and parents are encouraged to purchase and wear the Spirit T-shirt.
2. How do we buy the tickets for the game and/or the dance?
Tickets for the game can be purchased at the gate. We accept charging to the student account or cash, no credit cards.
Tickets for the Homecoming Dance are available during Spirit Week at Upper School lunch and are sold by the Student Council and they are charged to the student account.
3. Any specific Awty traditions that are done at the game or dance?
No specific traditions. We do hope that parents and students come ready to have a good time and to cheer our Awty Rams to victory.
There is something for every age. The Athletics Booster Club has a supervised play area for our youngest Rams. Dad’s Club and the Student Council have a burger cookout (vegetarian option included) to raise money for Council activities. There is an Alumni area sponsored by Advancement and the Concession Stand is open to provide snacks and drinks of all kinds.
Free admissions for the evening if you come for the early game, which starts at 5pm. Tickets (if you choose to come later) and other Awty items will be for sale in the gate area. These items can be charged to the student account.
Our Lower School students form a “Ram Tunnel” led by the Cheerleaders to cheer the 7pm soccer team onto the soccer pitch prior to the start of the game. And hang around till the end for an exciting conclusion to the night’s festivities.
4. What about “mums” for girls at the game?
There is a tradition at American High School football games for girls to receive a corsage of a large mum, especially at Homecoming.
Awty does not follow this tradition.
5. Do kids take their dates for the dance to the games on Friday night as well?
Some will choose to take their date to the soccer games, particularly if they're in a committed relationship, but most will come separately and sit with their friends.
6. Do some kids come in groups to the games and dance?
Yes, many come in groups of friends. This is very common.
7. How dressed-up do the kids get? Tuxedos? Formal dresses?
We say "cocktail attire.” For boys, suits and ties, but no tuxedos (though some might choose to dress that way). For girls, a shorter, party-ready dress or even dressy separates like a skirt and blouse.
Cocktail attire is less dressy than "formal" attire, and much more casual than "black tie.” There is no enforced dress code (other than general standards of decency at school events).
8. Will there be food served at the dance?
A light meal will be served. It will likely be a salad bar as well as various light bites and dessert. Drinks (water, lemonade, iced tea) will also be provided.
9. Do boys give a corsage to the girls for the dance? Any specific color or size? Worn on wrist or dress?
Some might choose to, but it's not common or expected.
10. Do girls give a boutonniere to the boys? Any specific color or size?
Same as above.
11. Do students rent a limo?
Some might, but it's not common practice, nor does the school encourage this. Most students drive themselves (self-parking is free), and some parents will drop off/pick up their children.
12. Are adult chaperone volunteers still needed?
No additional chaperones are necessary. We ask teachers to chaperone, and they are very generous with their time.
13. Do some students go out to dinner before the dance?
Many students choose to eat before, either with their date or a group of friends. Students do not feel nearly the same impetus to bring a date to Homecoming, compared to Prom.
14. Will there be other dances in the future for Upper School students?
For Freshman/Troisième and Sophomore/Seconde students, the Homecoming Dance is the only one they are invited to attend.
The only other Upper School dance is the Prom in the spring. Prom is only for Junior/Première and Senior/Terminale students.