Homecoming Draws A Large Crowd In A New Outdoor Setting

Anna Gurskaia, Reporter

Students showed off their dancing skills at Homecoming 2021.

WSHS held an outdoor homecoming dance for students on October 12th, full of dancing and activities. After a year without the annual dance, due to Covid-19, over 400 students of all grades gathered near the side entrance of the school, where a student band – Theater of Malum- performed a few original pieces. Mr.Bell – the DJ- took over soon after, playing hits ranging from current to throwbacks. The dance floor was full of students singing their hearts out, shouting, and at some points even break dancing.

The curbside of the entrance of the school was lined with games, including a giant four in a row, spike ball, and an enormous inflatable obstacle course. The evening was really fun and a great social event for everyone, especially seniors who had been attending their last high school homecoming. Senior, Natalya Pedraza, said,

“Honestly, I loved how it was outside. We got to dance under the stars, and the weather was perfect. I really liked how pizza and water came with the ticket as well.”

Students seemed to like the organization and the outdoor setting. Hillary MacGrath, a junior, said “Homecoming was very fun and I appreciate everyone for putting in so much effort to make it nice. I wish it was at Clark instead of in the parking lot.”

Mrs.Livingstone, Math teacher at WSHS, and one of the organizers of the dance agreed that the night was a hit and said that she was thrilled with the turnout. “This year’s HoCo really came from Mrs. Venneri. She really wanted to try our best to have a bonfire at a fall festival type of event rather than the typical semi formal dance. Two years ago we added the activities and free pizza. This year we moved it outside and added the rock band and the fire pits. I feel like the event was very successful with almost 400 students in attendance, which is more than we’ve seen in a long time! Also, even with all the additional costs, over half of the revenue from the event will go back to each class account! Maybe we can do another one in the spring? We will see!” 

As students arrived the popular student band Theater of Malum was performing.