Homecoming activities looked a little different this year. Due to Covid-19, the annual Homecoming parade was cancelled, meaning that there were no floats or grand processions of chanting students. Instead of crafting class floats, artistic CVHS students instead teamed up to paint murals.
Based upon each grade’s Homecoming theme, students painted these murals on the outside of portable classrooms P1 and P2. Each mural reflects one grade’s homecoming theme: Atlantis, A Galaxy Far Far Away, Neverland, and Hero’s Headquarters. Elements from the other themes had to be incorporated, as well. Volunteers drafted the designs.
Painting took five days. Participants labored for about 24 hours in total, and the artwork was completed after sunset on Thursday, the night before the big Homecoming game.
“Everything was really stressful because I had to guide everyone on what colors to use, where to use them, and the design in general because I understand the mural the most,” commented freshman Carrie Lee, who designed her grade’s mural.
The combination of a time crunch and lack of participation from underclassmen created difficulties during the painting process. Some juniors and seniors had to abandon working on their own murals to assist their classmates instead.
Despite that, painting the murals was lighthearted and fun. Friends gathered after school to spend time together and work on something that would be appreciated by the entire community.
“It’s a super fun experience and if you ever get to do it, definitely join in,” exclaimed junior Julia Warren, who helped direct the mural for the class of 2023. The junior class mural was also the winner among the Homecoming murals.
To construct their murals, each class spent $500 on house paint. Scaffolding, ladders, drop cloths, and paint brushes were lent to students from a local roofing company. Compared to making floats, the homecoming murals are logistically simpler and more cost effective.
“The hardest part about doing our floats is that you need to get four flatbeds,” explained Leadership teacher Tommy Maloney. “Every year, the flatbeds get a lot harder for us to find.”
Each mural cost $300 less than the floats, and gaining access to necessary materials was easier. Whether or not CVHS will make murals or floats in the future has not yet been determined.
For the time being, this year’s Homecoming murals will be available for viewing all year long. Students walking outside the 700 hall can admire the hard work of our very own.
“I hope that the kids like it and that it becomes a spot where when major milestones happen, like graduation, seniors will come in their cap and gowns to take pictures,” said Maloney.