Riverton Homecoming, a chance for Seniors to shine in a year full of changes

Published: Sep. 19, 2020 at 12:47 AM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -

Homecoming is in full swing in Riverton this week, and Student Council has worked hard to make it as safe and as normal an experience as possible. The big game against Jackson Hole is happening tonight at the Riverton High School football field at 6p.m. and tomorrow night at 8 p.m. will be the homecoming dance. But one difference will be no high heels are allowed, because this year, it will be held on the turf.

“We’re doing formal, but it’s on the turf this year so no heels. It’s going to be a cool experience just to see how it is on the turf and not just in a room or something,” noted Shelby Gray, senior and Student Body Vice President.

This year’s homecoming theme is Disney, and the senior float chose to go with the “Moana” theme for the parade today.

“We keep student safety at the heart of everything that we do . But in that, we also have to recognize that they’re teenagers and just by nature they’re incredibly social. This is a really important time in their lives, so we’ve put that into perspective as well. We want to make sure that they have every opportunity to interact with each other and make memories the way that we were able to as well,” mentioned Olivia Croft, Riverton High School teacher and Co-Student Council Advisor.

“It’s like a blessing because a lot of us struggled with the online school, mainly because of the social aspects of it, not being able to be with our friends and stuff like that. It’s been very good, kind of stressful getting everything set up with all the safety precautions, but it feels good to be back and be able to actually participate in homecoming,” emphasized Riverton High School senior Kameron Murfitt.

Murfitt plays left tackle on the offensive line and defensive end for the Riverton High School Wolverines. Since so many fall sports have been canceled this year, the homecoming game tonight means so much to the 18 seniors competing, as well as the cheerleaders and band members, and of course their families.

“Douglas and Powell had to cancel their varsity game for tonight, so we never know how many more we have left. So we just need to play like it is our last game, especially for us seniors. There’s 18 this year, so it’s just trying to keep as safe as possible so we can play the rest of our season,” stated Murfitt.

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