Coming home

Published 9:25 am Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Randolph- Henry High School Statesmen held its annual home Friday — kicking off the big event with a grand parade in Charlotte Court House and a big game against the visiting Prince Edward Eagles.

During my time as a Randolph-Henry Statesmen, I vividly remember the excitement leading up to Friday’s homecoming events.

The week was filled with great anticipation and the school division did a wonderful job of incorporating activities throughout the week to keep students excited and engaged.

Randolph Henry’s Assistant Principal and Athletic Director Chris Holt said it perfectly: “High energy, enthusiasm and anticipation are all incredibly fitting ways to describe homecoming week at R-HHS. There are a plethora of activities going on throughout the week which culminate in Friday Night Football under the lights in front of our most robust crowd of the season. It’s a fun week to be a student at R-HHS.”

Some of the most interesting aspects of homecoming week that will forever be embedded in my memory include spirit week and the pep rally that was typically held on Friday during school towards the end of the day.

I remember many students who did not have prior plans to attend the big game suddenly were in the spirit and changed their mind after seeing the excitement.

That’s the great thing about homecoming. It is not merely a football game. It’s a bonding experience for anyone who will or has ever been a Randolph-Henry Statesmen.

Past graduates travel from near and far to participate in the homecoming experience and attendees can almost be sure they will see an old friend or two during the events.

Homecoming is usually a great time to reflect on old memories and catch up with those you may not have seen in years.

After all, it gives past Statesmen a reason to come back home.

Italia Gregory is community editor of The Charlotte Gazette. Her email address is