• May 7Green and Gold Day at MSHS on May 15th from 8:30 am- 3:00 pm.

  • May 7Senior Breakfast at MSHS on May 15th from 7-8 pm.

  • May 7Dance Recital at MSES on May 7 from 7-8 pm.

  • May 1Senior's Last Day on May 10th!!

Homecoming Away From Home

Allie Robbins and Oda Tiller-Brattebø

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






Manitou Springs High School (MSHS) is hosting 10 exchange students from around the world for the 2018-19 school year. There are students from Spain, Norway, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia and the Czech Republic. Although, at MSHS, there is an annual celebration that most exchange students are not familiar with: Homecoming week.

At Oda Tiller-Brattebø’s (12) school in Trondheim, Norway, they host a dance but it is not called Homecoming and there are no events surrounding it. The first few days of Homecoming week took a little getting used to, but Brattebø enjoyed watching others dress up. Lara Heyer (11), from Germany, loved Homecoming week because it was all new to her.

On Thursday, September 20, the exchange students attended the Bonfire. “It was fun watching the fire burn and seeing a lot of people having fun,” said Brattebø. All the exchange students also went out for lunch together with foreign language teacher Terrence Batson during the homecoming assembly. Brattebø enjoyed seeing a different part of Manitou Springs throughout the week. Friedrich “Freddy” Riemer (12), from Germany, really enjoyed the week as well.

Even though the parade was new to the exchange students, they all participated in it somehow. Cristina Martinez (11) from Spain waved to the kids during the parade, Riemer was with his soccer team, and the other exchange students were walking right behind the Key Club float waving their country’s flags. “We don’t have parades at my home. We just have village festivals,” said Heyer.

Football is strange to exchange students because in everywhere but America, football is what Americans call soccer. The football team won 64-0 and it was a full house. Riemer really enjoyed the football match because he had never been to one and liked watching everyone cheering.

The dance was on Saturday, September 22 at 8 p.m. Brattebø and Riemer got ready with the same group: Molly Arndt (12), Kaitlyn Cashdollar (12), Tyler Doherty (12), Aliah Char (12), Allie Robbins (11), Gunnar Marquardt (12), Dakoda Petrich (12), Tatiana Choate (12) and Molly Quesnell (12). The group took pictures at Red Rocks and enjoyed pizza at a friend’s. Meanwhile, Heyer got ready with Melissa McDonald (11), Martinez, and Natalija Budzane (10).

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
About the Writers
Allie Robbins, Photography Editor

Allie Robbins is an 11th grader in her third year of journalism. Her passion for photography, organized mindset and enthusiastic work ethic make her a...

Oda Tiller-Brattebø, Reporter

Oda Tiller-Brattebø (12) was initially put into the yearbook class because it is a requirement for her exchange program. With that being said, within...

Leave a Comment

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Left
  • Homecoming Away From Home

    News

    Senioritis: What Are the Side Effects?

  • Homecoming Away From Home

    News

    NHS Finishes Up the School Year

  • Homecoming Away From Home

    News

    Track Competes at State Qualifying “Twilight Meet”

  • Homecoming Away From Home

    News

    Soccer Rivalry Continues Against St. Mary’s

  • Homecoming Away From Home

    News

    Editorial: America Has an American Problem in Need of an American Solution

  • Homecoming Away From Home

    News

    Baseball Finishes Strong Into Spring Break With Tournament Success

  • Homecoming Away From Home

    News

    Knowledge Bowl Team Goes to State Competition

  • Homecoming Away From Home

    News

    Girls’ Soccer Victorious Against Pagosa Springs at First Home Game

  • Homecoming Away From Home

    Arts & Entertainment

    World Language and Culture Night Changes Theme for Fourth Year

  • Homecoming Away From Home

    Arts & Entertainment

    “Captain Marvel” Has Nothing to Prove to Its Male Audience

Navigate Right
The student news site of Manitou Springs High School
Homecoming Away From Home