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Homecoming: cheer for the Cheerfest-less

After 150 years of excellence in academics, athletics, and conveying the “One Team” spirit, ‘Iolani School is taking on the challenge of creating new traditions. A traditional homecoming week ritual would consist of spirited “dress days”, mocking those who disregard the dress days, free food from the Student Activities Office, and many other studentinvolved activities.

However, with the institution of the new Sullivan Center, the iPad initiative, and a new football schedule, homecoming will be significantly different in the 2013-2014 school year.

In a fourth quarter email sent to all Upper School students, Director of Student Activities Mr. Kirk Uejio explained that the annual Lip Sync will remain on schedule, but with the addition of another football team to the ILH, homecoming will take place at the end of September. With this change, our traditional Cheerfest will not be taking place next year.

This plan also proves to be convenient for the class officers and advisors. Searching for available long homeroom periods to practice, making sure the cheer is “school appropriate”, and guaranteeing an amazing cheer for the whole class requires much time and energy. Coming up with a cheer is not easy for the Cheerfest committee either. After years and years of Cheerfest tradition, it is very hard to create a cheer that is truly original.

Having no Cheerfest also gives students and faculty an excuse not to crowd in the gym for the second time in one week. This new tradition of homecoming not only saves everyone time and effort but it also gives us an opportunity to welcome a new football team to defeat this upcoming season.

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