By Emily Biest
The Homecoming dance is quite a memorable event in some students’ academic career, and Homecoming 2018 was no exception. This year was particularly special because of the largely extravagant “Masquerade” theme. Many students were excited about this due to the uniqueness seen in every masquerade mask. They have intricate designs and patterns, each having their own individual flair. One student named Grace Finney(Sophomore), used an array of gems and rhinestones to make a mask directly on her face. She called it a “Burdenless Night” due to the fact that “[she] couldn’t wear a mask because of [her] glasses and [she] didn’t want anything to stop [her] from having fun.” Finney wasn’t the only one eager to participate in the theme, however. For example, Emma Pollock(sophomore), said “When I found out the theme for homecoming was Masquerade, I got really excited and started making plans immediately.” This
theme really brought everyone together and added another layer of excitement to the dance. Another fun part of this year’s homecoming was its location, the beautiful Radisson hotel in Davenport. It took was held in the ballroom, where the charming lobby, waterfalls, and greenery greeted everyone on the way in.
Sanjana Yerrapothu (senior) said, “I was blown away with the location… I’ve never been to the Radisson!” and even commented that it was a “gorgeous area!” outside of the venue. The atmosphere and decorations definitely made for a beautiful night full of pictures and dancing. The location choice couldn’t have been better, according to the happy attendees. While this dance was a very happy event, there was also a bittersweet light shed on it by some seniors that attended. Sanyana Yerrapothu made a very heartfelt comment, saying “I was
very sad that this [was] my last homecoming. I teared up when [“American Pie”] came on, it reminded me of how lucky I am to be in this school.” Homecoming is an experience that all students should be a part of because it adds to the high school experience and the memories to look back on. Although Homecoming Week can be one of the busiest times during the school year, the school spirit and pride makes it all worth it. For all the students that attended Homecoming, it is surely a night that won’t be forgotten. And to all the students who decided not to go, it will be worthwhile to add it to your bucket list. Until next year, this homecoming was definitely a success and will be hard to top!