Friday, September 23 might have been the most exciting day on campus. The Cincinnati Country Day School students, faculty, and staff kicked off the weekend with an all-school pep rally, followed by a neon bright FallFest. Then our alumni gathered for a reception before the Homecoming football game.
The Upper School band provided an upbeat soundtrack for the pep rally; the Lower School and Upper School cheerleaders performed together; we had all-school relay races and water balloon fights, and the boys won the infamous Upper School tug-of-war competition.
FallFest, put on by the Parents' Association every year, was an enormous success. Over 500 tickets were sold, resulting in about 1,400 students, parents, and community members in attendance.
Our campus was buzzing with activity from the basketball courts to the ring toss to the inflatables. The foam pit and the hi-lo game, both new this year, were big hits with students. Faculty laughed while getting rolled with toilet paper (930 rolls - to be exact) and some might have had a little fun in the foam pit too.
Thank you to the Parents' Association and the 385 parent and student volunteers who sold 400 hot dogs and burgers, 1,300 drinks, 125 bags of popcorn, managed the games, staffed the activities, painted caricatures, spun cotton candy, and kept our campus clean all night long.
We also welcomed our alumni back to campus for the Alumni Reception at the Wright Family Tennis Complex The theme of the reception was “a Taste of Cincinnati” with Montgomery Inn pulled pork sandwiches, Cincinnati chili-style coneys and pierogis, and of course, Graeters ice cream. Alumni ranging from the class of `62 to the class of `21 swapped Country Day memories, perused old yearbooks, and visited with former teachers.
The evening finished with a hard-fought Nighthawk football win, pushed by a loud and neon-clad student section and alumni, families, and friends cheering in the stands. The team won 10-6 against St. Bernard, with a defensive stand at the 10-yard line with 15 seconds left.
Click the links above for pictures from the various activities throughout the day.