Young Harris College students and alumni and Mountain Lions fans kicked off the 2012-2013 basketball season with Homecoming, Nov. 16-17. With festivities centered around the theme “Blast from the Past,” this exciting annual event was presented in collaboration with the offices of Student Development and Alumni Services and the Department of Athletics.
Throughout the week, student organizations competed to earn the title of Homecoming Week Champions by participating in a variety of challenges and events, including a trivia game, spirit sign”contest, car decorating competition, "Chalk the Walk" competition" and lip sync challenge.
Organizations were awarded points for attendance at competitions as well as other events throughout the week, including a block party and announcement of the Homecoming Court and CAB’s Coffeehouse.
Two annual Thanksgiving events were incorporated into this year’s Homecoming festivities, including a special chapel service on Wednesday that highlighted the College’s participation in Operation Christmas Child along with the annual Thanksgiving dinner in Grace Rollins Dining Hall.
Homecoming weekend kicked off Friday night with a student-led pep rally and bonfire, followed by a Homecoming parade on Saturday morning that included a variety of student-created floats as well as local civic leaders and businesses.
Tailgating festivities and a celebratory pre-game picnic lunch catered by Atlanta’s world-famous drive-in The Varsity followed for YHC students and alumni. A special reception was also held for all former YHC basketball athletes and cheerleaders.
Also on Saturday, YHC’s Student Government Association (SGA) hosted a special exhibit celebrating Sharp Hall’s 100th birthday.
The YHC women's basketball team defeated Bryan College 75-46, while the men's basketball team lost to Shorter University in a close match 98-87. The Homecoming Week Champions were announced during the games, and the Homecoming Queen and King were crowned.
2012 Homecoming Week Challenge Winners
1st place: Student Government Association
2nd place: Campus Activities Board
3rd place: Anime/Circle K
Ryan Shepherd, John Ross, Cedric Epps, Erica Lowery, Jerilyn Oquendo, Kaycee Cash