BY CAROLINA BOU
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR
While all of his friends will be attending homecoming on Oct. 18, junior Ben Kaner will be attending a debate tournament in the Bronx in New York.
“I kind of have to go, but I mostly chose to,” he said. “This is a very big tournament for debate and I can always go to homecoming and other events next year.”
Due to conflicts and the other personal choices, not everyone goes to the homecoming dance.
With tickets being $80, transportation ranging from $25 to $65 and the price of a dress being between $40 and $200, senior Sarah Dickerman doesn’t think that homecoming is an event that is worth it for the price of it all.
“It’s too expensive and it’s overcrowded,” Dickerman said. “I figured I could go to prom instead of homecoming.”
Freshman Amanda Chin does not feel like going to homecoming this year.
“I would rather go junior or senior year,” she said. “If I went this year, I probably wouldn’t go the other years.”[caption id="attachment_5685" align="alignright" width="300" class=" "] SGA members sell tickets to students for homecoming during the designated ticket sale days on Oct. 1-3.[/caption]
Chin said that her friends are not going this year, so she decided not to either.
“I don’t know anyone going this year,” she said. “Not a lot of freshman end up going to homecoming. It would be worth going when I’m an upperclassmen, but not as a freshman.”
Sophomore Sterling Wertanzl is also attending the debate tournament in the Bronx. As a member of the varsity team, she chose to go to the tournament over homecoming.
“We travel a lot to compete nationally,” she said. “And it’s out of state, so it’ll be fun.”
SGA adviser Danielle Nascimento said that the dance is really the finale of the spirit week as a whole.
“What’s great is we do offer a lot of homecoming activities that don’t require anyone to buy anything, and we have a whole week of activities that are priceless,” she said. “The dance is just that finale at the end of the week, so it just allows people to experience the full entirety of homecoming.”
Wertanzl likes the idea that everyone can go to homecoming, including freshmen.
“I know that prom is only for seniors or whoever gets asked by a senior,” she said. “I like the concept of it. I like how it’s early in the year and it’s a fun thing that everyone can do.”
Junior Ashley Callahan is going to homecoming for the second year in a row. She won sophomore homecoming princess last year and is running for junior homecoming princess this year.
“It was great seeing everyone dressed up, and just having such a good time,” she said. “The music was great, the decorations were awesome, it was just really fun.”
Callahan is looking forward to seeing how the decorations and new venue will turn out. She said that homecoming is an event that everyone should go to.
“It’s such a great way to have fun with your friends outside of school,” she said. “It’s a dance. Everyone loves music and having a good time. It’s cool going to a hotel and going to homecoming and it’s really fun.
Mrs. Nascimento said that homecoming is a high school event that students should experience.
“Homecoming is one of those experiences that people will remember when they leave here,” she said. “People should take advantage of as many of those experiences as they can, and homecoming is definitely one of them. If students haven’t been to our homecoming, they should go. They should experience it at least once in their high school career because it’s definitely a great time and definitely doesn’t compare to schools around the county.”
The homecoming dance will take place at the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood on Oct. 18. The dance starts at 7:30 and entrance will not be granted after 8:30.