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Homecoming 2016: Welcome home, Alumni!

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As the school year begins, Carthage welcomes home alumni.

Over the past week, 30 organizations signed up to participate in CAB’s homecoming events. Monday, CAB hosted an all new event, Homecoming Kick-Off, where students could win prizes, eat free food and get henna tattoos. Tuesday, Organizations tested their Carthage knowledge in the annual QuizBowl. The clubs were then challenged in an Amazing Race across campus, where they had to complete several challenges before crossing the finish line on Wednesday. Finally, competitors competed in Torchie’s Super Speedway on Thursday evening in the Oaks Circle Drive, where they were challenged to construct a vehicle and race other competitors.

Throughout the week, organizations were asked to decorate a door according to the homecoming theme, “Forever Red!” Clubs, whose decorations most aptly demonstrated the theme, won the competition. Organizations were also invited to decorate another sign to hang near the football field, and the top three signs were awarded a cash prize.

Friday, students are invited to a pep rally in the TARC Circle, near I Lot at 6:15 p.m. CAB officials will declare Homecoming King and Queen at the rally. Provided it rains Friday night, the rally will be moved to the TARC Field House.

Students are also welcome to come out and see the homecoming parade, which will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday.

“Homecoming is important to alumni and greek organizations, yes, but I feel that Homecoming represents something more than just coming back home to Carthage,” Erika Williams, President of CAB, said. “I believe we can all come together to cherish and support Carthage and all that the school has to offer. I hope all of the students realize that Homecoming is a great week to participate in, whether you show up to the Kick-Off event, or even watching the parade. All the activities are going on to celebrate all that the school has to offer, and why not enjoy yourself and take advantage of having fun with some fellow peers?”

Other events occurring over the weekend include a play reading from Carthage Theatre alumni, a 50th anniversary anniversary class reunion, a pregame festival outside the football field, a homecoming worship service hosted by the Chapel on Sunday, and finally a homecoming concert featuring the Carthage Wind Orchestra and Chapel Choir. More details about all these events are available on the bridge.

Homecoming fell earlier in the year than usual, but the limited amount of time to prepare did not affect CAB’s plans.

“I think it is a nice time to have homecoming while the weather is supposed to be sunny and warm; half of the activities that CAB is hosting are outside,” Williams said.

For a full schedule of homecoming events, click here.

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