Homecoming in Truckee seems to be a big deal. The students dress up every day for a different theme, there is a parade, a night rally, a dance, and then the centerpiece: the homecoming football game.This year, Tahoe Truckee High School leadership has decided to put on the first-ever Winter Fest (or as its being called, the Winter Homecoming). This Homecoming is a week-long festival starting on Tuesday, Jan. 16 and ending on Saturday, Jan. 20. The week will be set up the same as homecoming with dress-up days, a night rally, a dance, and a week-long contest between each class: freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors, to see who can get the most points (points are received from winning various contests and from dressing up for each days theme).
There are only a few big differences between Winter Fest and Homecoming. First off, there will be no parade. Second, rather than the centerpiece being a football game, it will be a mock male beauty pageant called Mr. T-Town.Because this whole week revolves around this pageant, it seems only right to explain what Mr. T-Town is before continuing on. Mr. T-Town is not just a beauty pageant. For one week, it will be a way of life for 15 contestants who think they have what it takes to become the first ever Mr. T-Town. But only one of these contestants truly has what it takes.This pageant will be set up the same way as any other beauty pageant. A panel of judges will score each of the potential Mr. T-Towns in an evening wear portion, a talent portion, and a Q&A portion.
Although the pageant isnt until Thursday, Jan. 18, Winter Fest itself will start on Tuesday, Jan. 16 with a night rally. This rally begins at 7 p.m. in the gym. The first order of business will be to officially introduce our Mr. T-Town contestants. These contestants will be the centerpiece of the rally. Also, each activity taking place throughout the week will be explained at this rally. There will be fun surprises and chances for each class to win points throughout the evening. Tuesday is I Wear My Sunglasses at Night Rallies Day so every student who wears sunglasses to school will receive a point for his or her class. Wednesday, Jan. 17 is Crazy Hat/ Hair Day, along with a snowman building contest at lunch. The winning class for the contest will earn some points to go toward its total. Also, free hot chocolate along with candy canes will be given away on this day.
Thursday, Jan. 18 is Mr. T-Town pageant day. There were more than 30 original contestants who filled out an application to be part of the contest, and after an intense interview process these 30 applicants were narrowed down to only 15 contestants. On this night, Thursday, Jan. 18, one of these 15 will be crowned the first ever Mr. T-Town.Friday, Jan. 19 is Hawaiian Day, with sledding at lunch. By the end of Friday, the first annual Winter Fests winning class will be announced. This class will earn bragging rights.To end the celebration, there will be a big band dance on Saturday, Jan. 20 at 8 p.m. This dance is 20s-themed, so feel free to dress up. There will be live music from the band for the first and last 30 minutes of the dance.Overall, the week should be fun. For high school students, please dont forget to dress up and show your school spirit. I hope everyone enjoys the first ever Winter Fest and is interested in having another one next year.JJ Jahr is now a sophomore at Tahoe Truckee High School. Student Beat is a regular feature in the Sierra Sun. Submit columns to the Sierra Sun at firstname.lastname@example.org, subject: Student Beat.
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