Homecoming and Reunion Weekend Wraps Up Energetic Spirit Week
This year’s Homecoming and Reunion Weekend, held Oct. 5-6, capped a busy and fun-filled week of school spirit and community.
Students warmed up for Homecoming with themed dress-up days culminating in Friday’s popular “Green and Gold Day.” The schoolwide pep rally Friday afternoon, recognizing fall-season athletes, put our loud and proud Ravens spirit on full display.
Later that afternoon, the Homecoming Dinner on the campus green drew approximately 400 students, faculty and staff, alumni, family and friends. Guests enjoyed lawn games, a spirit tent, a photo station with fun props, and more while also celebrating the success of the five-year, $15M Embrace Possibility campaign.
“Our main goal for the evening was to create a traditional Homecoming for families to celebrate our special Ravenscroft community with elements from past and present,” said Kim Mathan, RAC president, who co-chaired Homecoming with Kelly Gould ’90. “Thanks to our dedicated parent volunteers and operational staff that helped put all the pieces in place."
Fans who attended home athletic events enjoyed wins from the boys varsity soccer (4-0 over North Raleigh Christian) and football (21-20 over Wake Christian) teams as well as the presentation of the Homecoming Court and the crowning of Ella Rockwell ’19 and Kyler Sullivan ’19 as queen and king. It was a great ending to a week dedicated to celebrating school spirit, said Athletic Director and head football coach Ned Gonet.
“Ravenscroft experienced a very spirited week for Homecoming with many activities throughout the week. Highlights included an overtime win by the senior girls in the Powderpuff game on Wednesday, the schoolwide pep rally on Friday and sporting events throughout the afternoon,” Gonet said. “It was truly a very special week for the Ravenscroft community!”
Alumni had kicked off their reunion weekend earlier in the day with the annual meeting of the Alumni Association, at which Charles Winston Jr. ’78 was recognized with the Distinguished Alumni Award and former fine arts director Jill Muti was inducted into the Ravenscroft Fine Arts Hall of Fame, and a dessert reception celebrating the opening of our first Alumni Art Exhibit.
Upper School visual art teacher Joyce Fillip, who coordinated the exhibit, said, “We had a wonderful number of applicants from all different areas of the artworld; they included graphic and industrial design, fashion and fabric design, painting and photography. I enjoyed getting to meet alumni who have been working on their art for years as well as those whom I have taught but are still working on their degree in college and getting to share their work with our current students.”
Ravens from the classes of 1978, 1988, 1998 and 2008 also enjoyed special events throughout the weekend, including the Alumni Sandbox Party for families with young children and the Ravenscroft Rendezvous, an oyster roast held at Pugh Pond that is open to all alumni, even those who are not celebrating a reunion year.
“It is always such a treat coming back to campus each year to see classmates, other alumni and teachers and to see all of the changes going on on campus,” Anna Claire Murnick Price ’03, president of the Alumni Council, said.
Enjoy more photos from Spirit Week, the Alumni Association meeting, Homecoming and reunion events on our Flickr page.