Photo courtesy of Nickie Giglio 

Alexandra Gardner
Staff Reporter
October 24, 2017


Saturday night. Strobe lights, loud music, and crowds of people. There is no other evening quite like Homecoming. As a student, there’s nothing more relaxing than taking a break from homework and sports to spend just one perfect night out underneath the stars. Or the rafters, to be more accurate.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for kids to get together and to celebrate it as a school,” reported Mr. Senisi, the Athletics and Activities Manager. “It’s been a tradition of doing
the Homecoming dance every year and it’s also seems like a great way to get students involved and interact early on in the school year.”

Opportunities to meet new people and get to know your fellow classmen can both be nerve-wracking and exhilarating. According to sophomore Joelle Popa, the dance is something to get enthusiastic about. “If it’s anything like last year, it’ll have a really good DJ and lots of opportunities to dance with friends.”

And if there’s no other reason to go, it’s the most ideal time to get dolled up and take lots of fabulous shots of you and all your friends. Christina Kim chose to attend the dance “obviously to take pictures.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Some people were content with going to Homecoming for the ultimate chance to spend time with their classmates, such as Hannah Motrangola. “I’m mostly excited to party with all my girls and have a good time.” The prior year hadn’t disappointed either. “I went last year and had a really good time so this year I know it’s going to be even better. My expectations are very high.”

Most would agree that the music, drinks, and overall experience was fantastic. Students of all grades got to spend a night together without having to worry about anything other than busting a move. Sophomore Chase Clark also had a pretty positive experience at Homecoming. “I thought the dance was a lot of fun. The DJ and songs were good and dancing was fun.”

The only complaint about Homecoming had nothing to do with the dance and everything to do with getting into it. “They need to stop the ticket madness,” said Popa the night of the dance. “I believe that there should be an online system for tickets instead of a system that involves paper tickets because they get lost easy. There are many students that haven’t been able to contribute to the school funds because they have to buy them so early.”

Despite the ticket craze and the accidental fire alarm from the DJ’s smoke, the dance ran smoothly. Even when the water stations ran out of cups for drinks in the middle of the dance, Mr. Stuppy single-handedly saved the night by dashing out to Giant to assist the parched party-goers.
If one thing is for sure, the Dance was a total success.

Posted by Alexandra Gardner

Alex is currently a sophomore at Atholton High School and a first year student journalist for the Raider Review. She is an Atholton JV Softball player and a frequent volunteer at Drew Elementary School. In her free time, Alex enjoys reading fantasy novels and her favorite food is everything and anything with lobster.