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多姿多彩的“返校节”

作者: 信阳翻译公司 发布时间:2017-05-16 13:58:28  点击率:

  “返校节”是许多美国学校都会举行的一项传统活动,师生们像庆祝节日一样积极参与其中,历届校友也会在这个时候返回母校。“返校节”其实是一系列的庆祝活动,它所包含的内容可谓是丰富多彩、极具特色,有橄榄球比赛、花车游行、竞选“返校节国王和王后”和舞会等等……我们一起来看看小作者Betty Liu的亲身体验吧!

  

多姿多彩的“返校节”

 

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  By Betty Liu

  李薇 译

  Near the end of football season, schools usually hold a celebration called homecoming. Usually, the celebrations last a week and it features all sorts of fun activities such as dress up days, a parade, a homecoming dance, and of course, the big football game. Often the former students of the school will come back to watch the big game, hence the name “homecoming”. It is usually very fun.

  Homecoming festivities usually kick off with spirit week.[2] These are days when teachers and students can come to school dressed up in a fun costume[3] to fit with the theme of the day. Once we had “Backwards Day” where students could wear their clothes backwards. Another time we had “Dress as a Famous Person Day” and all around school you saw people dressed as Lady Gaga, Harry Potter, and many more. What made my day[4] was seeing my Science teacher dressed up like Albert Einstein.

  This is also time for people to start campaigning[5] for Homecoming King and Queen. Boys and girls are nominated by their peers to form the Homecoming Court consisted of 12 girls and 12 boys.[6] Students will usually nominate those that are involved in school activities, have good grades, and girls that are pretty and boys that are handsome.

  During my freshman[7] year, something really touching happened. A girl named Erica really wanted to be Homecoming Queen, but she didn’t know what to do. You see, Erica suffers from a disease called Down syndrome. This is caused by a genetic mutation and causes slow mental and physical growth, as well as affecting many other factors such as her speech.[8] But the student body was very supportive of Erica’s goal to win Homecoming Queen.[9] Not only was she nominated, but the other girls also campaigned for her to win.

  They described her as “a ray of sunshine” and found her to be “an inspiration” because she was always so positive[10] about everything. When she was asked how her day was Erica would always respond “Amazing!” She ended up winning Homecoming Queen that year. It was certainly touching to see that these girls would give up such an honor to help out a classmate.

  The Homecoming Queen and King are announced on the Friday of homecoming week during halftime of the big football game.[11] It is the end of the celebrations and the previous graduates of the school can come and watch the festivities. The marching band will also perform during the halftime break. After the game, there is a homecoming dance where the students come together to celebrate and party. Sometimes the dance lasts until midnight!

  The other festivities of homecoming often take place during the school day. Classes are cut short so that the entire school can partake[12] in these activities. For my school, the school holds a pep rally, or an assembly, on Thursday afternoon.[13] This is to get the students excited about the upcoming[14] football game. The cheerleaders will do their routines, the band will play pep songs, and the principal will say a few words to recognize the football players.[15]

  On Friday afternoon classes are usually dismissed at noon so that the school can attend the homecoming parade. Again, the cheerleaders will cheer, the band will play, and the football players will ride around in a truck. After this, clubs will hold booths[16] around the school so students may take the afternoon to do what they wish.在橄榄球赛季接近尾声时,很多学校通常都会举办一场名为“返校节”的庆祝活动,它往往持续一周的时间,并以各种有趣的活动为特色,比如盛装日、庆祝游行和“返校节”舞会等等,当然,还有大型的橄榄球比赛。学校的校友们常会回来观看这场盛大的赛事,由此便得名“返校节”。它往往都会特别有趣。

  “返校节”的各种庆祝活动一般都从“精神周”开始。在这些日子里,师生们会穿上有趣的服装来学校,以配合当日的主题。有一次,我们举办了“反穿日”,学生们可以反着穿他们的衣服。还有一回,我们组织了“扮成名人日”,在整所学校里,你都能看见打扮成嘎嘎小姐、哈利•波特和其他很多名人的师生。特别逗的是,我看见我的自然科学老师穿成了埃尔伯特•爱因斯坦的样子!

  这也是人们开始竞选“返校节国王和王后”的时候。同学们推荐出由12名男孩和女孩组成的“返校节评议会”。学生们一般都会选那些积极参与学校活动、成绩好且长得好看的男孩和女孩。

  在我上一年级的时候,十分让人感动的事发生了。有一个叫埃丽卡的女生真的很想成为“返校节王后”,但她不知道该做什么。你瞧,埃丽卡患有唐氏综合症,这种病是由基因突变引起的,还会造成智力和身体上的缓慢发育,并影响其他很多因素,比如她的语言能力。但学校的全体学生都非常支持埃丽卡想要赢得“返校节王后”的这一目标。她不仅得到了提名,而且其他女孩也都为她的获胜摇旗呐喊。

  他们把埃丽卡比喻成“一缕阳光”,认为她是一个“鼓舞人心的典范”,因为她对待一切总是那么积极乐观。当埃丽卡被问及她这一天过得如何时,她总会如是作答:“棒极了!”那年,她终于赢得了“返校节王后”的称号。看到女孩们为了帮助一位同学而宁愿放弃竞争这样一项殊荣,当然是特别令人感动的了。

  在“返校节”那一周的周五,也就是在那场盛大的橄榄球赛的中场休息期间,“返校节国王和王后”花落谁家将会被宣布揭晓。庆典也在这一天结束,学校以前的毕业生们可以来观看这些庆祝活动。在中场休息期间,游行乐队也会演奏乐曲。比赛结束后,还有一场“返校节”舞会,学生们聚在一起庆祝和狂欢。有时,舞会甚至能持续到午夜!

  “返校节”的其他庆祝活动经常会在上课的日子里举行。上课时间因此也被缩短了,以便全校师生都能参与到这些活动中来。就我所在的学校而言,周四下午的时候,学校会举行一场激励大会,或者说是集会。这样做是为了让学生们对即将到来的橄榄球赛兴奋激动起来。啦啦队会表演她们的固定节目,乐队演奏活力振奋的歌曲,校长则会讲几句话表扬一下橄榄球运动员们。

  到了周五下午,各种课程一般在中午时就都被取消了,以便全校师生可以参加“返校节”游行。啦啦队会再次喝彩欢呼,乐队进行演奏,橄榄球运动员们将乘坐一辆卡车四处巡游。这之后,俱乐部或社团就会在校园各处摆出商棚货摊,这样学生们就可以在下午的时光里做他们想做的事了。

  (来源:英语学习杂志 编辑:丹妮)

  Vocabulary:

  1. homecoming: 〈美〉校友返校节,返回母校的聚会,校友会。

  2. festivity: 庆祝活动;kick off: 〈口〉开始,引起;spirit week: 精神周,很多美国的高中都有这一活动,通常在“返校节”时举行,为的是展现自己学校的精神与集体意识。在这一周中,每天都会有一个不同的着装主题,同学们可据此搭配相应的服饰来上学。“精神周”在美国高中文化中有着很重要的地位。

  3. costume: (特定场合穿的)成套服装。

  4. make sb.’s day: 〈口〉使某人非常高兴。

  5. campaign: 参加(或发起)运动。

  6. nominate: 指定,提名;peer: 同龄人,同辈。

  7. freshman: 中学(或大学)一年级新生的。

  8. genetic: 基因的;mutation: 突变,变种;factor: 要素,因素。

  9. student body: (一所学校的)全体学生;supportive: 给予支持的。

  10. positive: 积极的,建设性的。

  11. announce: 公布,宣布;halftime: (比赛上下半场间的)中场休息。

  12. partake: 参加。

  13. pep rally: 〈口〉(为运动队、竞选等举行的)激励大会,鼓动大会;assembly: 集会,聚会。

  14. upcoming: 即将来临的,即将出现的。

  15. routine: (经常表演的)固定节目;recognize: 赏识,表彰。

  16. booth: 售货棚,货摊。

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