It’s homecoming season and North Texas students are showing off their school spirit, but some are more enthusiastic than others. Earlier in Sept. 2023, while students from Midland High School in West Texas created two massive 10-foot mums to celebrate, Princeton ISD students were cooking an even bigger project.
Students from Princeton High School from different classes joined forces and spent a whole month building a gigantic 18-foot mum to be installed in Princeton High School’s cafeteria. The unveiling of the gigantic floral design project happened on Sept. 14, 2023, just in time for the beginning of the homecoming season.
"I loved it. I was so proud of it. It was so worth it," Princeton High School junior Upkar Kaur told NBCDFW. "Worth all the hot glue gun burns."
Made out of 60 feet of steel, one ream of butcher paper, 56 feet of fishing line, 1,00 coffee filters and quite possibly too much glue, the contraption was almost too large to even make it into the school.
"It was stressful," said junior Anthony Munoz, an ag mechanical student who participated in the structural aspects of the project. "I was 100% confident in my welds, but it was a little bit stressful."
As previously reported by Local Profile, it would be borderline blasphemous not to cheer on your school’s football team dressed as delightfully flamboyant as possible. So, according to NBCDFW, after students and teachers took the opportunity to snap a few pictures and enjoy the giant corsage, it was time to cheer for the Panthers at the homecoming game. While it served its noble purpose, the school's extravagant project did not make it through the rain.
"It's in the dumpster now," said senior Shelby Williams. "It's so sad."
Even though homecoming season is over, students are already planning to outdo themselves for next year.