Students find alternatives to homecoming dance

BY SOFIA RUSS

Students from the Bay celebrated homecoming on Oct. 7 at The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort. Junior Lauren Nau said she was excited to partake in the annual event that is organized by the Student Government Association (SGA).

“I have been to homecoming before. I went sophomore year and had a blast. I was excited to go back because homecoming is my favorite time of the school year,” Nau said. “Homecoming this year was amazing. I had a great time dancing with all of my friends the entire night.”

Like Nau, junior and homecoming princess Gabrielle Hidalgo said she also enjoys homecoming because she gets to spend time with her friends dancing to music produced by a live DJ.

“Overall, my experience at homecoming was incredible. Most of the time I was on the dance floor with my friends, singing along to the songs and laughing like crazy. It was so amazing,” Hidalgo said. “My favorite part about homecoming was the music and dancing. They had a variety of music playing and it gave me the opportunity to express my different dancing abilities for each genre.”

Despite losing time for preparation due to Hurricane Irma, SGA adviser Danielle Nascimento and members of the SGA class said they were still able to organize a successful homecoming dance.

“The members of SGA and I planned all aspects of homecoming from pep rally, to spirit week activities to the dance. We divide and conquer to make it happen,” Mrs. Nascimento said. “I think homecoming was great; I received a lot of positive feedback.”

SGA treasurer and chair of homecoming senior Barbara Ramirez, along with senior and co-chair Harrison Miller, spent many hours in and out of school to make sure everything was in place for homecoming.

“There were some days we would stay after school until 7:00 or 8:00 p.m. to make sure all of the homecoming forms were ready,” Ramirez said. “Even during the homecoming football game, I was doing forms and making sure that all of the decor was in my car, including the centerpieces and all of the signs, so that way I could wake up early the next day to go to the venue to set up for the event.”

Sophomore Sarah Gibson said she was very impressed with the amount and quality of the work done by the members of SGA for the dance.

“The decorations this year were above and beyond, the theme was well represented and it felt like a professionally planned dance,” Gibson said. “The food was good and the music was great and appealed to everyone there. The work of SGA members was well worth it because they put together a great dance.”

Nau also said she was amazed with how the theme “Fire and Ice” was exhibited throughout the ballroom and is content with the outcome of the event.

“I think that homecoming was put on very nicely,” Nau said. “Harrison Miller and Barbara Ramirez did an amazing job putting it on, all of their hard work definitely paid off.”

According to Nau this year’s homecoming event was one for the books.

“I would go to homecoming again. I think it’s a great opportunity to show school spirit and have a great time by getting dressed up and being able to have a fun night with your friends,” Nau said. “It was an extremely memorable experience.”

 

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