If the student section at Lakota East’s Homecoming football game this year seemed louder than normal during the Thunderhawk fight song, it could be attributed to a rehearsal at East Freshman earlier that day.
Lakota East’s freshman campus started a new Homecoming weekend tradition last Friday. To kick off the weekend’s festivities, about 700 students packed the stands in the school’s gymnasium. Choir teacher Becky Huddilston led the Class of 2020 in their first introduction to the school’s fight song.
“From the moment students step foot on the freshman campus, we want themto understand what it means to be a Thunderhawk,” said Lakota East Associate Principal Jennifer Ulland. “While we may be situated on two separate campuses, we are one school community, and that means learning different traditions like the fight song.”
The fanfare was complete with a visit from the East cheerleading squad helping lead the cheer.
“It was really fun to be with everybody and feel like part of the main campus,” said East Freshman Olivia Wiles.
“I play football and basketball, so I’ll be hearing the fight song a lot,” said East Freshman Mark Krajewski. “It was cool to learn the meaning and the actual words of the song.”
Another new East Homecoming tradition welcomed back the band alumni to perform alongside the Marching Thunderhawks during pre-game. Former Marching Band Director Bill Thomas returned to direct the National Anthem.