Dancing through the decades

Sophomore Kevin Pinney finishes up painting a section of his class float.
Sophomores Adam Hurd, left, and Michael Di Dio saw wood for their float.

by Tyler Hollander, staff writer

It’s that time of year again, when all the buzz on campus is of  homecoming  and the festivities that come with it.

Homecoming begins next week and ends with the annual, much-anticipated dance on Oct. 16.

“I’m excited that it’s a huge event and there’s a lot of people,” junior Cydney House said, “I’m expecting to have a fantastic time.”

This year, the dance will be in the new Event Center instead of its typical venue in the gym.

Unfortunately, the Event Center can accommodate 250 fewer students than the gym, which is being remodeled.

To accommodate the 1,600 students that typically attend the dance in a venue than can hold only 1,350,  the leadership class is extending the dance floor to the area outside of the Event Center.

Despite rumors to the contrary, leadership adviser Eileen Mantz said there will be plenty of room for all students who want to attend the dance.

“From what I’ve heard, we won’t be limiting tickets,” she said.

The dance rules this year will be very much the same as last year’s controversial dance policy, which requires every student to wear a school-issued bracelet upon entering.

If a parent or teacher chaperone sees over-the-top or inappropriate “freak dancing,” they punch a hole in the offending students’ bracelet.

After the third offense, students will be sent home and have their parents notified.

“We’re looking for the extreme dancing,” said Mantz. “That’s the dancing we are trying to prevent.”

The first big event of the week will be the rally on Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Event Center. Highlights include the announcement of class princes and princesses, and king and queen nominees.

The school week culminates on Oct. 15 with the homecoming parade at 1 p.m. and the football game against Livermore at 7 p.m. Winners of king and queen will be announced at halftime.

This year, classes will present floats based on specific decades: seniors the 1950s, juniors the 1770s, sophomores the 3010s and freshmen the 1920s.

“The awesome thing about homecoming is that there are so many events everyone gets to experience it,” senior Jared Lowe said. “I’m looking forward to having a great time.”