By Talon Contributors Judy Yang ’17 and Bijan Avaz ’17
First Time for Everything
In a year of firsts, freshmen and women not only marveled at homecoming festivities Sept. 22-26, international students relished going to a first dance. “I am from China and I came to America this year so this is my first time to attend a dance party,” said Gene Qu ’17. “I’m definitely a little nervous but mostly excited. We don’t have any opportunities in China to have these kinds of dances at school so I think it would be a great experience for me.”
Classmate Alex Li agreed. “I’m so thankful to be able to go to Homecoming. It’s my first time to go to any kind of dance,” he told The Talon, adding that those who didn’t have a date, but still went, showed participation and unity.
Sophomores Gabby Gaydos and Mackenzy Iwahashi also enjoyed the homecoming game and week of carnival-themed dress-up days. “I really think homecoming week in Chaminade made the whole school united and spirited up, not just for the homecoming dance and the game,” said Miss Gaydos.
“I have to mention that homecoming week really brought me up,” Miss Iwahashi added.
It wasn’t just international students who said the dance exceeded expectations, production value was high. Doors in the gym covered with red-and-white-striped circus tent paper invited “Bearded Ladies” to the bathroom.
But first there’s the asking to the dance, which was nerve-wracking enough. Then, making it unique took it up another notch.
Faculty, staff and students saw “the askings” everywhere, from the Bob Hope Center to the offices, to the football field. Some boys even went above and beyond the usual question to stage elaborate surprises that included teachers or a dean.
“I was in Religion (Paschal Mystery) class and suddenly the deans called me and said I was in big, big trouble,” recalled sophomore Cate Mackel. “I was in the office, anxious for what would happen next. Then suddenly, my date came in with flowers. I was ecstatic.”
At Chaminade, the tradition doesn’t just include giddy girls, but the smell of rose bouquets.
Sophomores and freshmen used different types of flowers, whether a single bud or bouquets, as part of the proposal, most using the traditional rose. Some used the poster technique, emblazoning the question that almost always got the yes answer. All interviewed by The Talon were nervous before the asking but almost all successfully had a date for Cirque Mystique Sept. 27.