Fluco HOCO Goes to New York

On Oct. 21, the Fluvanna Flucos faced the Western Albemarle Warriors in the Flucos’ Homecoming game at the RJ Searcy athletic complex. After a busy spirit week, pep rally and a parade complete with the judging of club and class floats by the Fluvanna Education Foundation, the Flucos were ready to take the field for their big game.

The Homecoming Parade Float Contest was just the beginning of the evening. Co-hosted by the Fluvanna Education Foundation and the FCHS Student Government, the parade attracts many participants each year. This year’s participating floats included ones from FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), Nurse Aide 2, Interact, JV cheer, Varsity cheer, the 8th grade class, the 10th grade class, and Journalism. This year’s winners included Nurse Aide 2 (Best Illuminated), Interact Club (Best Non-Profit), the Senior Class (Best Fluco Spirit), French II (Best Homecoming Theme), and Speech (Best Use of Recycled Materials). “Everyone all comes together to create the parade. It was amazing,” said Sophomore Payton Day who rode on the Journalism float.

Next, it was time for a choir performance in the cafeteria led by long-time choir teacher Horace Scruggs, before heading to the field for the game against Western Albemarle. Regardless of the ultimate 41-0 loss to the Warriors, the Flucos had one of the largest student sections this season. “The Homecoming game is always fun no matter the outcome because everyone comes together to support the Flucos,” said Senior Renee Custer.

After days of voting, the following students had been nominated for Homecoming court: Nikola Bajs; Cassie Kingsley; Megan Ludwig; Amanda Harris; Mariah Burton; Meredith Albright; Sophie Kershner; Maddie Garrett, Kobe Edmonds; Alex Valladares; Isaiah Gaines; Kyia Scott; Taileek Ashton; Megan Boone; Noah Coppa; Kailah Lee; Victor Agee; Mark Grooms; Michael Shiner; Colby Deforge; Chaniyah Brown; Tiffany Hoyt; Davajinea White; and Marian Duffau.

As a result, for many, the highlight of the game was the anticipation of who would be crowned Homecoming king and queen at half-time. Thanks to rapidly-dropping temperatures, the announcement couldn’t come fast enough. “As I was walking out on the field, I was shaking, it was so cold,” said Freshman Class Princess Kyia Scott. By the time the game resumed, the suspense was over: The 2016 Homecoming King and Queen had been announced as Victor Agee and Tiffany Hoyt.

The next day, over 530 students braced themselves for another late evening as they prepared to attend the Homecoming dance which had the  theme of “A Night in New York.”  “The theme felt ‘big city’ in such a small town.” said Senior Griffin Bullock.