The Hamden Hall community was elated to come together on campus and in-person to celebrate Homecoming 2021.
Students, faculty, families past and present, and alumni enjoyed two days-worth of events and activities in celebration of all things Hamden Hall, including the school’s first-ever Color Run.
With a DJ and a cued-up playlist, families and friends enjoyed a morning full of fun activities at the Skiff Street Athletic Complex. On a marked trail behind the Beckerman Athletic Center, participants wore white T-shirts and neon sunglasses as they walked, jogged, or raced through rainbow-colored clouds. By the end of the run, each runner was colorfully dusted from head-to-toe.
The event continued with an array of field games and activities, which included pumpkin painting, lawn bowling with toilet paper, hula hooping, Jenga, cornhole, and a limbo contest. Refreshments were provided throughout the morning.
Meanwhile, on an opposite side field, it was back to the nest for several past Hornets. Gathered under the designated tent, a myriad of alumni across several decades returned to reconnect with old friends while enjoying treats and other giveaways. Members of the Parents’ Association grilled and served hamburgers, hotdogs, snack, and drinks.
School spirit was on full display as students, faculty, family, and friends cheered on the Girls’ and Boys’ Varsity Soccer teams, JV and Varsity Volleyball, Cross Country, and Varsity Football during an afternoon of high-intensity events. Victory celebrations were had by Girls’ Soccer 10-0 over Watkinson School, Girls’ Volleyball 3-0 over McDuffie School, Cross Country over Watkinson and Williams schools, and Varsity Football, which staged a last quarter comeback to win 20-15 over New Hampton School.
“It meant the world to me to have an in-person Homecoming,” said senior and Student Body President Michael Ferneini. “I think that the excitement level around Homecoming this year was the highest I remember in my high school career. Everyone got involved in decking out either their cars or their faces with paint; it was amazing to see. This was the first time in a while where the student body could go all out and they delivered. This was personally my favorite ever.”
Vehicles were indeed decked out in the Whitney Avenue parking lot on the Friday prior to Homecoming as students and faculty participated in Green and White Day. The campus was filled swarms of green and white for Hornet pride. Decked out in costumes or spirit wear, students spent the day at different parts of campus partaking in field day-style activities.
Lower School students gathered on Augur Field to play “How Many Hornets in the Bucket” among other games including soccer, lacrosse, and team obstacles. At the Davis Street Campus, Middle School students spent the afternoon learning and playing golf, chess, baseball, four square, and cornhole. Inside, students were crafting and learning bracelet making.
Upper School students were treated to a carnival-style outing at the fields of the Skiff Street Athletic Complex. All were encouraged to get active with the obstacle courses, bungee run, the bouncy house, and jousting area. Clubs hosted individual booths with different games and activities such as drawing with sidewalk chalk with the Art Club, Mario Kart with the Gaming Club, and bracelet making with A.M.A. Other activities included cornhole, KanJam, a pie eating contest, and a class scavenger hunt.