Friday Night Lights: Cranberry, O.C. homecoming events

Senior class adviser Heather Motter shares details of homecoming with Cranberry High School’s newly announced homecoming court.  Court members include Mikayla Wenmoth, Chloe Rapp, MacKenzie Wenmoth, Saige Slater, Maddie Cornelius, Emily Duncan, Blake Hart, Adam Smerkar, Joey Fox, Matt McQuaide, Logan Johnson and Daniel Fisher. (By Ava Fischer/Student contributor)

Student contributor

Ever since the news broke mid-summer, questions have been rising about Cranberry High School’s homecoming plans. Students and parents alike have been wondering (and worrying) about the changes that are to come.

Heather Motter, CHS’s 12th grade English teacher and Senior class adviser, set out to answer some of the questions.

First, CHS and Oil City High School will be combining homecoming this year. The dance will occur on Saturday, Sept. 28.

On Thursday, Sept. 26, the homecoming parade and bonfire will occur on West First Street in Oil City. CHS’s homecoming court and all fall sports teams from Cranberry will ride along in the parade with OCHS.

Then, the homecoming game, Oil City vs. Warren, will occur on Friday, Sept. 27. The crowning of the homecoming queen and king will be held at half time during that game. There will be two courts: one for Cranberry and one for Oil City.

In regards to the actual dance, it is scheduled to be held on the football field in Oil City. No high heels will be permitted once students have entered the football stadium. The dance floor will be on the wide part of the track, where high jump occurs. It is recommended that anyone wearing heels should bring along slippers, crocs, flats, converse, etc., to change into.

If inclement weather becomes an issue, an automated call will go out to all Cranberry students at around 2 p.m. on Sept. 28, informing them that homecoming would be moved inside the Oil City gym.

There will be a concession stand where drinks and snacks will be sold.

Due to having homecoming at Oil City so early in the year, Cranberry will now be adding a winter formal to its schedule. The formal will be at CHS. There will be a court and the dance will occur sometime in January or February. Details for that dance will be released after homecoming.

Motter recognized that these changes can be stressful and uncomfortable for many students, and when asked her what her message was for students, she responded: “I hope all the students have an open mind and attempt to be excited to try something new. We must understand that this is a great way to create school and community spirit!”


Jenna Seigworth is a student at Cranberry High School and a member of Cranberry Chronicles, the school’s journalism/publications group.