California High School Awesomely Crowns Trans Girl Homecoming Queen

Homecoming events aren’t just opportunities for creepy alums to revisit their old schools and watch high school kids play football. Sometimes, homecoming can be an opportunity to demonstrate a level of inclusion and tolerance high school (in general) isn’t exactly known for. That’s what happened at Marina High School… » 9/21/13 5:30pm 9/21/13 5:30pm

Inside The Weird Texas Tradition of Enormous Homecoming Corsages

High school students in Texas have developed a tradition of wearing elaborate, ever-larger floral pins to their homecoming dances. These pins — many bigger than a dinner plate and covered in artificial flowers, ribbons, and even stuffed animals — are known as mums. Texas-based photographer Nancy Newberry has a series » 12/06/12 4:50pm 12/06/12 4:50pm

The Only Question You Need to Answer This Thanksgiving Is: Where’s the …

Jeremy Renner graced Saturday Night Live's living sketchbook last night, and the good news is that he wore a sleeveless shirt. The bad news? He didn't do his killer Jeffrey Dahmer impression, which, according to an NPR interview I heard this one time, is the whole reason Renner was considered for The Hurt Locker. » 11/18/12 12:00pm 11/18/12 12:00pm

Boy With Down Syndrome Voted Homecoming King

We usually only hear about high school kids when they're bullying each other or sexting themselves silly, but in a welcome change of pace, a students at Urbana High School in Maryland did something lovely for a classmate. Earlier this fall, Caitie Cyr created a Facebook page urging students to elect Kevin Schombert, a… » 10/24/11 9:30am 10/24/11 9:30am

Guy Wins Homecoming Queen Crown, Wears It Well

Francis Shervinski, a Columbia College freshman, has been elected homecoming queen. Says Shervinski, "I will take a stance on a lot of issues concerning gender, race, class, and sexuality. I don't plan to be passive at all. I'm willing to fight for who I am and hopefully be an inspiration to not only the LGBT community, … » 4/11/11 1:20pm 4/11/11 1:20pm

Black Principal Runs School With Segregated Class Elections

Some interesting facts about Mississippi's Nettleton Middle School, which only allows white students to run for class president: their segregated homecoming is mandated in their handbook. And they have a black female principal. » 8/27/10 1:04pm 8/27/10 1:04pm

Homecoming: A Dicey Prospect

Welcome to 'Fine Lines', the Friday feature in which we give a sentimental, sometimes-critical, far more wizened look at the children's and YA books we loved in our youth. This week, writer / reviewer / blogger Lizzie Skurnick reads Cynthia Voight's 'Homecoming', the 1981 story of a girl on a quest for fire. » 8/01/08 3:40pm 8/01/08 3:40pm

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More Disappointments For Amanda On The Paper

Last night on The Paper, the kids got ready for Homecoming. Adam (whose dance and shirt in this clip is amazing) triumphed over the football jock by winning Homecoming King. And Amanda was asked to the dance by a kid from the Latin Club, only to be let down after he got grounded and was forced to back out. Seriously,… » 5/20/08 11:00am 5/20/08 11:00am

WSJ Columnist Has A Few Choice Words For His Daughter's Lousy…

Wall Street Journal columnist Jeffrey Zaslow bemoans the death of the school dance today in a column about how his teenage daughter got invited to Homecoming by a guy who didn't even buy tickets, because all his friends were just, like, hanging out in a basement watching movies OR WHATEVER... And Jeffrey thought about… » 11/01/07 3:30pm 11/01/07 3:30pm