It’s a longstanding tradition, so the weather wasn’t about to stop it.
As part of Sunlake High’s Homecoming Week festivities, each grade plans skits and performs them on the school’s football field.
Parents — mostly the moms of the senior students — also join in, coordinating dances to popular music to entertain (and possibly embarrass) their kids.
Closing out the fun showcase, parents and family members walk the field holding giant posters, with one side showing the students’ senior portrait and the other a baby picture.
As a final act, the senior students will then line up and walk toward the parents, this time holding touching thank you and tribute posters they made, all before being sent off to their final Homecoming — which was held this year on Sept. 23.
“The school has been doing this a long, long time,” one senior mom, Kristin Satin, said. “The rain postponed it, but we were able to get to this field and make a quick pivot and it all worked out.
“This is always a lot of fun.”
Rain and bad weather had Sunlake parents shifting the venue to Land O’ Lakes Recreation Complex on Sept. 20, where hundreds crowded the football fields, and the showcase kicked off with each grade performing its respective skits.
Then it was the parents’ turn, as dozens of senior moms — and a few dads, some dressed as Taylor Swift — danced to songs and even had a costume change. The moms danced in matching Senior Family ’24 shirts, but then switched to shirts with their kids’ faces all over them.
“It’s a Sunlake tradition!” Satin said. “We weren’t about to miss out on tradition because of the weather. It always rains in Florida — we won’t always have our (kids’) senior (year).”
Published September 27, 2023