Homecoming Dance Makes a Comeback After Pandemic

By: Victoria Linton-Evans

Homecoming is a time for high schoolers to come together and make memories after a week of academic and athletic competitions between grades. This year’s Homecoming theme was Neon, and our students were full of life. Despite the dance being in-house, our amazing faculty managed to transform Charger Commons into a cocktail of lights and upbeat music. The idea of a neon theme was first introduced by our Student Council. Senior and Student Council Treasurer, Luke Olsen said, “A fellow member of student council suggested the neon theme because they thought it would be a fun experience. I thought Homecoming looked amazing.” 

Another senior member of the Student Council, Johnny Elwyn, reminisced on the planning of Homecoming, stating that he “liked collaborating with his peers and making our last Homecoming memorable.” 

Shorecrest students having fun on the dancefloor outside of Charger Commons. (Photo by Sara Rose)

Making this year memorable was a top goal in spite of the pandemic. In the wake of COVID-19, many students have missed out on the classic high school experience; half of our upper school experienced their first Homecoming this season. This was an important motivator to make this Homecoming special and exceed expectations. “Homecoming was really fun, and everyone looked like they were having a good time,” said sophomore Rachel Ansley. She also added, “My first Homecoming was fun because I got to dance with my friends.”   

Junior Marco Camuzzi dancing under the lights. (Photo by junior Miles Lucas)

Homecoming is an especially memorable time for senior students because it crosses off another final moment of their high school experience. Making memories and better connections with friends is something that the seniors held deeply this year, especially with the troubles from the pandemic. “I enjoyed homecoming because I really liked being around my friends and coming together as a community after Class Competition Day,” said senior Emma Schiaparelli. “My last Homecoming was in sophomore year, and from what I can remember, it was fun as well, but I enjoyed my senior Homecoming a lot more, especially after winning.”

Shorecrest is very lucky to have the tradition of Homecoming, and every year we strive to make it an even more enjoyable experience. This year’s Homecoming was one for the memory books for many students, from glow sticks and strobe lights to sweet senior send-off songs. Next year’s Homecoming has a lot to live up to!

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