Money rules his popularity for the homecoming king
Published at 11:09 PM on Saturday, October 22, 2022
Written by Gillian Haskin
IThe honor of last week’s Homecoming, a persistently faltering tradition – I anticipate its ultimate qualities at PRCHS.
The Queen, the King and the Money – the main components of what makes Homecoming Week in America. But only one of these words scratches the surface of what one might think.
Homecoming Queen: Someone who “almost” everyone loves or generally loves in most cases. A rude scene of a defining moment for a high school girl, though limited to a few girls who make the homecoming court “cut.” The dresses start with a $400 “steal,” but it’s all about whether the lipstick smudges before you walk in front of the audience holding dad’s hand. For those lucky enough to play this game, it is more than just a homecoming queen ballot. It’s a story far beyond the one that happened on Monday morning. It is holistic. It’s an “irrelevant” New York City story, yet gossip at a Pearl River County coffeehouse and so much more, due to cell phones. It’s the story of a 10-year-old grandson. It’s a title that almost entirely gives high school career its individuality. It’s a legacy, all in the supremacy of a teenage girl.
The superiority of teenage girls when it comes to homecoming is something you can only experience by being there. The nerve-wracking aspect of this is not surprising, it applies to almost any homecoming. From your placement on the ballot to when the flashing lights come on, I’d say Stephen King captured that neatly via Carrie.
When one mentions homecoming, the homecoming queen usually comes to mind. Many people overlook “his highness”. One would think that the process of who would be seated next to the Queen would be fairly easy, using the ballot paper.
But at PRCHS, tradition is often quite unconventional.
The man who reigns in the spotlight is not chosen the way many think. The “choice” comes down to the monetary side, i.e. the candidate who collects the most money is automatically owned, without debate. The Homecoming King selection doubles as a fundraiser to encourage PRCHS.
Thoroughly screened for disciplinary referrals, academic setbacks, and other negative components of a high school record, the Big Boys are selected as potential candidates for the King’s Homecoming, a fundraiser for the most competitive boys hosted nearly year-round.
Sure, a lot of money goes into a homecoming dress, but it also slips into collection baskets, or “jugs” adorned by the PRCHS cheerleading team, who takes the homecoming king’s experience and correctly classifies it in financial distress, aka “fundraising.” Each cheerleader is assigned a pitcher and filter, whose name is written on the pitcher. For Homecoming Week, filling the pitcher gets the full range of fan’s day from first bell to class.
In the event of winning the King of the People’s Republic of China, the money speaks for itself. If the mug assigned to one of the boys holds a $100 bill compared to the few dollars the students donated to another candidate, the winner will be clear from the moment the large banknote marks the bottom.
Many, myself included, wonder whether fundraising should rotate between teams or whether the money raised should be dedicated to a specific activity. For example, our weight rooms could use renovation. But many insist it’s a simple fact of “Fundraising Delights.” Sure, teams can reach out to other fundraisers, but this team makes money every year – so why not manage the funds?
What makes PRCHS Homecoming Week so unusual is the comparison of the brilliance and competitiveness that epitomizes Homecoming Queen versus the simplicity of critical excellence in selecting the Homecoming King.