We enjoy our traditions at Franklin Academy: Speed-friending, the College Tour, GFO, Formal Dinners, Diversity Day, the Holiday Program, Spirit Week, Halfway Day, Pi Day, the International Trip, our All-School Prom, Senior Appreciation Book Awards, and the list goes on. This week, a new tradition began – Franklin Academy’s version of Homecoming without alumni and a football game.

According to Ariel Ford, Team Heron Residential Dean, our Social Development Committee decided to test the concept. “We had not hosted a Homecoming here on campus before. However, we wanted to expose students to the traditions or activities they might experience during a future homecoming, either here or after they leave Franklin. We started with a “Homecoming Game,” an intensely competitive student-faculty dodgeball contest. A formal dinner, requiring reservations for tables of four, followed with teachers and administrators serving as the wait staff. “TwentyTwenty-Onederland,” an Alice in Wonderland-themed dance party, closed out the evening in a transformed Student Center.”

In my opinion, Franklin Homecoming was a tremendous success. Consequently, I tip my hat to members of the Social Development Committee who are pictured above: Ariel Ford, Melissa Spindler, James Turner, Jake Sutterlin, Colby Verge, Justin Daniels, Tal Perov, and Lexa Lopez. As always, Kyle Bell and his Sage team whipped up a sumptuous feast for the formal dinner. Providing assistance behind the scenes were Lee Barsom, Nancy Fall, and Mary Murphy.