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Homecoming Reflects School Spirit, Service and Character

The days leading up to the celebration of Homecoming and Reunion Weekend were full of fun: Spirit Week saw students, faculty and staff dress up for special theme days, senior and junior girls battled for supremacy in the Powderpuff Game (congratulations, seniors!) and Friday’s pep rally brought all three divisions together to recognize fall-season athletes, cheer for participants in a donut-eating race and celebrate the many things that make being a Raven so special.

On Friday evening, the Homecoming Dinner saw families playing games, eating yummy food and embellishing their Ravens gear with fairy hair and face paint. New PreK-K art teacher Kristen McCarthy, who volunteered to help with fairy hair in the spirit booth, said, “Most of my students came to the booth. I really enjoyed seeing everyone in their green-and-gold gear. All the kids looked like they had so much fun playing games!”

The Homecoming game was CBS-17’s Game of the Week —  shout-out to the Ragin’ Ravens for their outstanding show of school spirit for the segment! — and also featured the 1989 state-championship football team as alumni kicked off their Reunion Weekend. The 24th Annual Golf Classic, which supports Ravenscroft athletics, coaches and student-athletes, added an extra day of fun on Monday, Oct. 14. Thank you to the many RAC volunteers for making Homecoming and the Golf Classic such huge successes for our community!

If you have never been to Homecoming at Ravenscroft — or haven’t been to one in a while — you might not know that the selection process for Homecoming Court is designed to make it more than a popularity contest. As the Student Government Association reminds Upper Schoolers as they cast their votes:

The Upper School and SGA have developed several characteristics that members of the Homecoming Court should exemplify. They should actively participate in Upper School clubs, contribute significantly to community service, and positively affect the Ravenscroft community. Keep these traits in mind as you vote for your grade’s members of the Homecoming Court.

For many of this year’s grade-level representatives to the court, such a distinction means being nominated is a reflection of their character and commitment. For everyone from freshmen experiencing their first Homecoming as an Upper Schooler to seniors knowing they might, by the evening’s end, wear a crown, selection to the court means more because the expectations for nominees are so high.

Here’s what a few Homecoming Court members had to say about their experience this year:

Getting elected to Homecoming Court was a very exciting experience for me. For someone to be elected to homecoming court they have to embody certain traits and be an active part of the community at Ravenscroft. I was very happy when I found out that I was elected because it meant that the friends around me thought I was an example of those previous stated [criteria]. Being a part of the fall pep rally and walking out on the field during the Homecoming game are experiences I will definitely never forget! 

— Simon Toback ’23

My now-second Homecoming Court experience was just as fun as the first. Getting to represent my class with a tremendous group of people was an honor and something I do not take for granted. Being voted by my class made being on Homecoming Court that much more special because I know that I am respected in my community. I hope that next year I get the chance to represent my class again!

— Delaney Washington ’22

 I am honored to be considered as a leader by my classmates. Receiving this nomination means a lot to me, for I strive to make the upper school community as welcoming as possible by partaking in Student Government, SPEAK, Mental Health Advocacy Club, and other clubs and organizations. Also, increasing diversity is a part of Ravenscroft's mission, and I am happy to see this aspect represented on the court. Participating in Homecoming Court is gratifying, and I am thankful for this opportunity. 

— Sage Crosby ’21

It was a true honor to be on Homecoming Court my senior year. Being chosen by my peers to represent the Class of 2020 as Homecoming Queen made me feel so valued and appreciated, and I could not be more thankful. SGA’s description of members of the Homecoming Court being strong individuals in school clubs, community service, and overall character demonstrates how much our school and student body value personality and internal qualities, as opposed to popularity.

— Caroline Rutigliano ’20 

Congratulations to all of the students who represented their classes on the Homecoming Court! 

Class of 2023

Carter Anderson
Ella Smith
Simon Toback
McCallum Wright

Class of 2022

Bea Holdstock
Tosh Holdstock
Samuel Petrov
Delaney Washington

Class of 2021

Thomas Barker
Liam Bonfield
Sage Crosby
Caitlyn Hankins

Class of 2020

Caroline Rutigliano (Queen)
Payne Gridley (King)
Ted Bossong
James Dixon
Charlotte Tannenbaum
Liza Vinson
Ross Weiman
Claire Ziperski

Enjoy photos from Spirit Week, Homecoming and the Golf Classic on our Flickr page.