Story by Talon Contributor Ali Angel, ’15
Homecoming is one of those cliché moments our 10-year-old selves could only dream about while watching Troy Bolton in “High School Musical.” However, a lot of upperclassmen decided to ditch the whole scene this year. Although it may not have lived up to our expectations, this year I realized Homecoming means so much more than finding the perfect date and dress, and here’s why:
Homecoming Rally and Game
While all the rallies and football games are a blast, Homecoming is especially fun. Juniors and seniors populate the Eagles Nest for the duration of the game, with seniors leading the cheers and chants. You can just feel the adrenaline pumping through the stands as the announcer bellows, “Touchdown Chaminade!” and the students wave around giant posters with football players’ faces on them. In addition to the actual game, the Homecoming Festival has countless tents that sell festive treats: everything from chili to hamburgers. It’s not like I am going to try and squeeze into a Homecoming dress that same night or anything.
Not to mention, it’s always exciting to see what creative costumes and music our dance team will use during the halftime routine, and to screech at the top of our lungs when a good friend wins Homecoming Queen. This year, Chaminade went all out with the fantasy theme, bringing in a Cinderella-like carriage pulled by a white horse. It carried Homecoming King Donovan Lee and Homecoming Queen Jenny Gylys off into the sunset (or outside the track, aka Vukelich Field) after little boys and girls (Student Council kids in pajamas) spelled out the queen’s name.
One of the highlights of Homecoming week occurred during the rally when the clever spirit commissioners sat a few football players in chairs, blindfolded them, and made them think that one of the Homecoming princesses was going to give them a kiss on the cheek. However, after they guessed the name of the girl they thought was the culprit, they took off their blindfolds only to see their moms. This particular game caused an abundance of laughter from a knowing audience and a few surprised and startled looks from the players.
During the rally, the dance, aerial, and cheer teams also impressed with a performance filled with characters from “Alice in Wonderland,” the soulful narrators of “Hercules,” little minions, and much more. After this show stopping performance, the seniors’ thumping feet and chanting won them the spirit stick for the first time this year.
As I have grown accustomed to the Chaminade dances, I have come to the conclusion that they are solely what you make of them. If you really want to get into it, you can just throw yourself into the giant mosh pit, wait for the beat to drop in a song, and fist pump like it is your last day on Earth. However, if you are not into all of that, you can just sit outside and chat with friends.
This year’s quirky “Alice in Wonderland”-themed dance allowed for some spunky fantasy decor. Strings of red, green, and purple lanterns hung from the gym ceiling, making a color splash against the contrasting black and white checkered walls. I was immediately impressed by the decorations as I “fell down the rabbit hole” of optical illusions and lights leading me into the Uribe Sports Center (aka the gym). With a well-known playlist that got people out of their seats, delicious food to munch on, and an entire night to dance with your friends, it was definitely not an event to miss. While many juniors and seniors anxiously awaited 11 p.m. so they could leave and hit up the after parties, I can definitely say that this dance ended way too fast.