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Boys varsity tennis team Clifton Nghiem(12), Axcel Garcia(12), Chris Tu(12), Jacky Hu(12), and Nathan Phu(10) playing the hula-hoop game.
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Homecoming Proves to be a Magical Knight

Newly crowned Homecoming royalty, Zulani Valencia and Axcel Garcia wait to greet their public.

Homecoming is the first

dance of the year and ASB does their best to make it an incredible experience for everyone to enjoy. Whether it’s your first or last homecoming dance, it is something the students look forward to each and every school year. From the dance, to home football games, to the revealing of Homecoming King and Queen.  For this year’s dance, ASB asked students to vote between various Disney themes. As votes came in, the theme was finally declared, a Knight in New Orleans. 

Many of our Knights were excited for this theme because of the strong popularity this movie had on the childhoods of many students.“I actually loved the theme of homecoming, it is my favorite Disney movie and it was a really cute theme,” Karen Andrade Lima said. 

The theme wasn’t the only enchanting part of homecoming. Rally Square was surrounded by decorations, posters, lights, caricature artists, a balloon house, photobooths, a movie screen, music, and vendors. Homecoming was filled with activities of all kinds that our Knights could participate in. “Vibes were fun and lively. Everybody seemed to have a good time. Since it was my first dance I didn’t know what to expect but I really enjoyed it, ” Fernando Gonzalez said. 

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Being the first dance of the year, Homecoming did not disappoint with the activities. Along with dance, there was the annual home football game and revealing of the Homecoming King and Queen. The home football game theme was Halloween which allowed individuals going to the Homecoming game, to show off their game-day spirit in their costumes. “I thought the game was good. I liked seeing everyone dressed up because I feel like a lot of people actually did dress up in the theme, so I felt that it brought the student section to life.” Emily Munoz stated.

Students and family cheering on our varsity football team as

Honorary Queen, Ms. Julie Beltran waves to the crowd and she takes a victory lap around the track.

they defeat the Mountain View Vikings, 63-14. The night was filled with excitement and enjoyment. “I was happy to hear people cheering us on and encouraging us to victory.” Javier Marquez  During the halftime show there was not only the Homecoming King and Queen reveal, but also the marvelous marching band and color guard performance. 

The halftime consisted of Class Council floats, the presentation of the homecoming court, and the honorary queen of 2024, Ms. Julie Beltran, English teacher. ASB and Mr. Dara Sem, the advisor of ASB had an important part in the revealing of the homecoming king and queen. Students were to pick between our participants consisted of Zulani Valencia, Brianna Corrales, Jaylin Yipp, Haley Pham, and Tahlia Pan along with Giovanni Reyes, Nikolas Lucy, Chris Tu, Adam Huizar, and Axcel Garcia.

The announcement of the winners was done creatively as the participants were each given a box with one balloon for the 5 princes and 5 princesses. As the participants opened their boxes, Zulani Valencia and Axcel Garcia had a balloon float out of their boxes. The bleachers were filled with cheers to our participants and the 2023 Homecoming King and Queen. “The reveal was so creative and cute. The anticipation of waiting to see whose balloon would rise was very exciting. The crowd especially made the moment so special with their cheering and overall I really liked the halftime show.” Alexandra Torres said.  

The events leading up to Homecoming, including the dance itself, resulted in a very thrilling and successful week. There was a lot of talk about whether or not Homecoming Week would be as fun as it was but once everything had occurred, people had amazing things to say. “My overall impression of the dance was that it went well. I think everyone enjoyed themselves either dancing, taking photos, or just hanging out with their friends. Everyone had a good time.” Emily Munoz said.

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