by Lisa Tome
Rising Sun High School's hallways took students and visitors around the world last week.
As part of the annual Homecoming festivities, students in all grades were asked to deck the halls. The junior class depicted Australia, sophomores showed Mexico, and the freshman tackled Ireland.
The judges for the hallways were Sheriff Scott Adams, School Resource Supervisor Sgt. Todd Creek, Principal Charles Helm, and teacher Emily Bugbee.
The U.S.A. Road Trip theme, created by members of the senior class won top honors.
Their display featured points of interest throughout the United States including Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, Washington, D.C., Seattle, Nashville, New Orleans, San Francisco, Alaska, and California, for their version of Mount Rushmore, the class substituted school administration. "It's very creative. They did a nice job," said Helm.
The seniors also included the words to the National Anthem as part of the display. "This gives them an opportunity to express themselves. They clearly picked areas that were important to them," said Helm.
Freshman class advisor Samantha Heil said the hallway decorating contest always has a theme.
The decorations are just part of spirit week and earning the spirit stick. She also said that the hallway decorations are designed for students to have fun while they're learning.
"They work harder on this than in their classes. They were here very late last night (Tuesday). The seniors were here until 10 p.m.," said Heil.
Sheriff Adams, who formerly worked in schools, said he has served as a judge for the hallways for at least five years. A pep rally capped off the week's events. The football team hosted Patterson Mill Thursday night for the Homecoming football game. They lost to the visitors. For five school days, there was also sprit activities including various opportunities for students to dress up in togas, Hawaiian garb, and as super-heroes.