Outbreak of Senioritis hits Homer High

Things that cross the minds of high school students around this time of year:

If it seems like we’re excited for summer, it’s because we are.

“Mr. Campbell? Can we have class outside today?” “Hey, Mr. Rife, can we, maybe, have class outside today?” “Hey! Mrs. Spence! Can we go outside for the rest of class?” 

As of 3:06 p.m. April 8, 2013, there is one month, nine days, zero hours, seven minutes and 37 seconds until we are never ever going to be in high school ever again. 

“Mom, I think I have Senioritis. Can I stay home from school today? No. Okay. I’ll just sign myself out.” 


As the year winds down and graduation is just around the corner, there are still many things going on at Homer High School.

Spring sports are in full swing and each athletic program has a promising outlook this year. The snow is melting, the sun is shining and there has been a widespread epidemic of Senioritis. 

In Student Council, new executive board officers are about to be elected, with many more prospects turning out this year than in the past. The executive board is a group of four students who serve as the leaders of the student council and a representative face of Homer High, not just their classes. Currently, Katie Kirsis, Cruz Morey, Dylan Faulkner and Maggie Graham hold the titles of student body president, vice president, treasurer and secretary respectively; however next year Homer High will see a whole new executive board when this year’s seniors graduate. 

The Solo and Ensemble Music Festival, a chance for Homer High Choir members to shine, happened last Saturday, and many students competed for a “Superior” rating and the chance to move onto the State Competition in May. Everybody in choir was encouraged to try out. Nearly 20 people were selected and performed, which is a really good representation. 

Talk of corsages and boutonnieres, shiny shoes and pictures, dates, dances and decorations to match the theme of Mount Olympus are starting to buzz in the air among students at Homer High. Prom for students is April 13 and for parents April 14.

Yes, you heard it — Parent Prom! Land’s End is hosting prom for the parents of Homer High students. All of the profits will be going to the junior class’ bank account. Parent prom will be from 6-9 p.m. Sunday. Admission prices are $12 for one and $20 for couples. There will be decorations, music and a photographer, so get dressed up (or not) and come on down for that exciting new addition to Homer High’s tradition. 

Next year will bring many new changes, with Dr. Gee, our esteemed principal resigning, possibly a new bell schedule, the revival of journalism class, and many new students. Many things remain uncertain for this year and the next, but one thing is for sure: Homer High School is thriving and will continue to shine with excellent athletics, bright students and amazing faculty. 

Maggie Graham and Grant Arsenau are seniors at Homer High School. Both are members of Student Council. Maggie is Student Body Secretary and Grant is Senior Class Treasurer. They plan to continue writing for “Student Connection” until school ends. Grant palys soccer and is looking forward to picking up where last year’s all-star team left off. Maggie plau softball and is “trusting, reaching and believing” in the team to dominate Sitka this year.