Blue Ridge Early College Homecoming usually entails a dance, a basketball game, Spirit Week, and a school-wide pep rally and alumni are encouraged to come back and see their alma mater. But this year because of the pandemic, Homecoming Court was announced at a special event held at school on Feb 26.
BREC Homecoming Court pictured at the top of the article from left are Gracie Watson 11, Carson Druffel 11, Maddy Potts 12, Collin Bryson 12, Chloe Fowler 12, Kaleb Fugate 12, Korbin Walters 12, Charlotte Sherrill 12, Jacob Pressler 12, Bailee Collins 12, Levi Walters 9, Vanessa Russell 9, Christian Ohler 10, and Mahalah Stewart 10.
King and Queen are Korbin Walters and Charlotte Sherrill.
“We pushed so hard to be able to do something in person this year to try and bring back some semblance of normalcy to our learners,” Event Organizer and BREC Social Studies Teacher Eleanor Young.
Young said the high school student body votes on a male and female representative for each grade, and 4 males and 4 females from the senior class. This constitutes the court. During Spirit Week, aka Homecoming Week, the high school votes for King and Queen to be crowned during the court ceremony.
Young added that it was fortuitous that the first attempt to schedule a social distanced low-capacity court ceremony was canceled due to weather. The Feb. 26 reschedule date fell the day after Gov. Roy Cooper lifted capacity restrictions. Originally, court participants were allowed to invite 2 guests, but after the Governor’s announcement on Feb. 23 court participants were allowed 7 invites.
“I think it’s important for school leaders to recognize timely opportunities to celebrate while we crawl back to public life after this past year,” said Young. “Homecoming presented a great opportunity for BR to pull together to celebrate Homecoming Court. I know the district and school leadership are eager to remind our students and community that we remain dedicated to celebrating our students and will absolutely expedite opportunities to do so, as our nation begins to safely reopen.”
Young said the community has been wonderfully understanding about our call to operate within the mandates of the Governor.
“So many schools around the nation were not able to host any in person events so the fact that our community was able to come together quickly and with great flexibility to pull off a safe, socially distanced, masked event for our High Schoolers is really a testament to the strength of the community,” said Young. “We cannot wait for the time in which everyone can be a part of our celebrations and we are free to be together without limitations. But for now, the Blue Ridge community continues to show commitment and pride in our students in ways that are safe.”
The date of Homecoming Week changes yearly.