Monday afternoon and evening, Stillwater High School students pomped. Each class had just five hours to start and finish its class deck. It’s an intense, bonding experience.
Think of each class deck as a mini version of the house decorations on display every year at Oklahoma State University’s Walkaround. The decks are each classes version of the homecoming theme. This year’s theme for the homecoming game against the Midwest City Bombers is Protect This House.
The senior class’ deck idea was to pomp a replica of Pioneer Stadium, with a plane saying “Bombers” crashed onto the field.
“Our stadium is our house,” senior Luke Davis said.
Senior Mariah Brien has helped put together the class deck each year. For sophomores, it is a learning process, but the seniors are more experienced. Brien said she enjoys seeing her classmates work together.
“Planning ahead is crucial,” Brien said. “Some are artistic, and some put the base up really well. It all just makes one giant, cool homecoming deck.”
Students had five hours Monday night to put the decks together from start to finish. They are allowed to bring some pre-made pieces in to use.
“They’ve been plotting and planning for a week or two,” sophomore class sponsor Debbie Dawson said.
Junior class sponsor Allisyn Mills said the goal is to have as many students as possible involved in the creation of the decks. Selected judges will evaluate the decks Tuesday and the winning class is announced at the pep rally Friday. The decks remain displayed in the student center throughout the week.
“Lots of students appreciate it later on in the week as they’re walking through the student center,” Mills said.
The rest of homecoming week includes dress up days, a pep rally Friday when the homecoming court will be introduced and Western Day Friday. Western Day is a chance for student organizations to set up booths in the student center during lunch time. Senior class sponsor Ashley Moore said it is similar to a mini fair or carnival.
“Everyone stays on campus,” Moore said. “People are selling beaded necklaces and food. There’s games and activities.”
The Pioneers will play at 7 p.m. Friday against Midwest City, with homecoming coronation festivities scheduled before the game.