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September 14, 2013

CHS homecoming is danceless party

CHICKASHA —

"A revolution without dancing, is a revolution not worth having." (V for Vendetta, 2005) 

For many homecoming is a revolution. It's a celebration unifying students from the ocean of time. It fosters pride and confidence in a scholastic body. And for a football team, the game is nothing short of battle, where the home team works their hardest to crush invaders from another land. Homecoming is a high school revolution, but for Chickasha, it is a revolution without dancing. 

Elizabeth Ketchum was responsible for the week-long homecoming festivities from 1994 until 2003. During that time she thinks there may have been one homecoming dance, but she's not sure. 

"Homecoming week was so filled with activities, that the dance ended up not being one of them," she said. 

And it still is filled with activities. Chickasha Homecoming is a major event for the town, but for students, the last 15 years have been without a school sponsored dance to cap it all off. 

This was not Ketchum's choice. She said the school handbook allots for only two dances a year. Prom and a Winter Semi-formal have taken these spots for the last decade. 

Ketchum said she believes these regulations can be changed at any time as they are simply administrative policies in a handbook. 

Today, Chickasha High School Librarian Angela Widener presides over Homecoming week. She's organized the hall decorations, parade and worked with students on themes since Ketchum's reign. Since then, there has only been one dance around Homecoming and it was put on by a separate group from the high school. Students aren't complaining though. 

"In today's age kids kind of do their own thing," Widener said. 

There are staples such as the Mr. Chickasha pageant that have stood the test of time for homecoming, but the dance is not one of them. 

And Chickasha isn't alone in this regard. Tuttle doesn't have a dance, and neither does Minco. 

The students don't seem to mind. At least they aren't saying they do. So the days of Ren McCormick violently parading around an industrial complex may be gone when it comes to homecoming in Chickasha. It appears, at least for now, the Sunday shoes will stay on student's feet.

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