Spray paint, grass and school spirit: Painting the hill for homecoming kicks off the week

Have some spray paint?  Want a chance to make graffiti without getting in trouble?  Hill painting for homecoming is just the ticket.

The hill paintings are a long time tradition, and they are a very important piece of homecoming week. The paintings themselves serve as a reminder that LHS is one tribe, but the act of painting them encompasses this as well.

Senior class president Matthew Coffey said that these paintings instill a sense of unity between the different classes and help to get everyone to work together.

“This is something that we do every year at Linganore and it brings all the classes together,” said Coffey. “It’s one of my favorite things to do. You see everyone from all the different grades get involved,”

This year, it was the first time in a year that every class council could meet to paint the hill. This was especially exciting for freshman class council member Josslyn Quansah.

“Hill painting was such a fun experience,” Quansah said. “I felt [like] a part of something bigger and felt the pride of creating an artwork representing the class of 2025,”

Along with the painting of the hill, each class creates a banner that is hung on the balcony over Main Street. This is another spirit-filled activity, and the banners are voted on to decide which class has the best banner. This year, the Class of 2022 banner won the competition.

Their banner featured rhinestones and diamonds to tie in with the overarching theme of Linganore’s diamond year.

The hill painting competition results have not yet been announced, but junior class vice president Delaney Andrews thinks there’s more to it than winning.

“It was so much fun to be able to compete against the other classes and see the participation from our own,” Andrews said.