The Nantucket Whalers, no doubt, brought their school spirit into homecoming week, which took place from Monday the 16th to Saturday the 21st of October. The week was a busy one, with each day having a specific theme, and a weekend jam-packed with games and festivities. “Multiple Monday” kickstarted the week followed by “Preppy Day”, also commonly referred to as “Chad” Day; “Blackout Day” on Wednesday; “Mathletes vs Athletes” on Thursday; and finally “Whaler Pride Day” on Friday. In addition to this, each grade worked hard during the early days of the week in order to prepare decorations for Thursday evening, the day on which students set to the task of bringing the ordinary NHS halls to life. On Friday the school was full of character brought by freshman’s “Hollywood”, sophomore’s “Monsters Inc.,” junior’s “Alice in Wonderland,” and the senior’s “Spongebob Squarepants” theme.
Trailing this chaotic week, was an even crazier weekend. The Annual Fall Sports Dinner took place on Friday evening. This was followed by the Pep Rally, at which the senior fall athletes were recognized, the fall sports coaches spoke, and high schoolers took part in competitive games of musical chairs, tug of war, as well as an opportunity to get down and dance. From there, teams and grades dispersed to go put the final touches on their floats and prepare for Saturdays’ games. As the sun rose over NHS on Saturday morning the school was already bustling as students met to get their floats in line for the parade, which set off at 10:30 am. The float lineup consisted of the homecoming court, the cheerleaders, each grade level (freshman through senior), and Lady Whalers Field Hockey and Soccer.
Sophomore Lauren D’Aprix spoke about the parade saying that, “The parade is no doubt one of the best parts of our homecoming. Not only does it make for a great time with your peers but as you make your way around the rotary and into town it seems that the entire island is enjoying it. It definitely brings a great sense of community.”
Following the parade the agenda for the day was a girls soccer game at 1 versus Rising Tide, which resulted in a nail biting 3-4 defeat. Simultaneously, Varsity Field Hockey took on Seekonk and fell to a score of 1-4. Trailing these games was the boy’s soccer game against Rising Tide. The boys were able to strongly dominate the game and came away with a 5-0 win for the Whalers. As for volleyball, the girl’s team achieved a 3-0 win over Abington. Perhaps the most looked forward to event was the 5:30 football game where the boys faced off against Holbrook. The players and spectators alike were more than content with a 53-0 victory. In addition to this, the excitement rolled into halftime as Homecoming Court took the field. The royal court was made up of Natalie Gammons, Emma Pierce, Caroline Richards, Katherine Pittman, and Mae Blackwell, along with Kalik Liburd, Maxx Cunningham, Alex Small, Carter Snell, and Jack Holdgate. The beloved Carter Snell and Caroline Richards were crowned king and queen. During this time the results of spirit week were also revealed. The seniors swept the carpet, not only taking first place in hallways but also in overall homecoming week dress up and spirit. The juniors were close behind in both categories, followed by sophomores then freshman respectively. In regards to the floats, Lady Whalers Soccer came in third, the junior class took second on the podium, and the Lady Whalers Field Hockey team received a deserved first place for their Hawaiian themed float.
As the festivities came to a close the blue and white balloons began to deflate, the decorations were ripped off the walls, and the fields lay bare and beat up, but the Nantucket Whalers spirit and pride remained ever so buoyant.