The following article was written especially for The Friday Flyer by Temescal Canyon High School students Duha Alfatlawi and Justin Dela Cruz. Photographs were provided by members of ASB, the TCHS Photography Club and teacher/advisor Neal Post.
During the first couple weeks of the school year, high schools across the country celebrate the arrival of this annual return to academics through something called “homecoming.” In the case of Temescal Canyon High School, the homecoming experience was a definite success and a great way to start off the new year.
This year’s overall homecoming theme was “Out of This World.” From dress-up days, to an exciting pep rally, to the football game; and last, but certainly not least, the Homecoming Dance, Temescal Canyon Titans enjoyed a week’s worth of unforgettable memories.
Starting off on Monday, October 12, and ending with the dance on Saturday, October 17, students kicked off the week by dressing up as cowboys, aliens and other interesting dress-up themes.
By Thursday noon, even more energy was built up as students packed the gymnasium and cheered on the performances and events of the Homecoming Pep Rally. With performances by TC’s very own varsity cheer and dance teams and the crowning of the Homecoming Court (save the senior queen), everything was set for Friday night’s football game versus Lakeside High School.
The following night at the TC football field, the stands were filled, and the student section, also known as the “Blue Hole,” cheered on the Titan football team to an incredible 51-0 victory over the Lakeside Lancers.
In between the second and third quarters, during the traditional halftime show, distinct class floats made their way across the stadium. “It was a stressful process in the beginning, but got better towards the end,” said Canyon Laker Emily Signorio, Junior Class President, on the process of building a homecoming float. When asked if she would do it all over again, she replied, “Definitely. It was all worth it.”
Also during the halftime show, Monica MacDonald and Coby Chatwin, both residents of Canyon Lake, were given the grand titles of Homecoming King and Queen.
The homecoming dance on Saturday, like the years past, was held in the big gym; or, as the Titans call it, “The Thunder Dome.” This year, the Associated Student Body (ASB) really focused on making the dance the best one yet. In the theme of “Out of This World,” aliens, Mars and all things extraterrestrial, the Titans spent hours making the event look as if students were actually on a foreign planet dancing their way into the depths of the cosmos.
The dance consisted of more than just music and dancing. ASB had managed to get their hands on a portable Ferris Wheel, placed outside with all the vendors. Getting a ride on the Ferris Wheel gave the students a splendid view of the school’s parking lot and the traffic on the 15 Freeway. Seeing as the line extended across the entire lot, the ride was pretty popular.
But if one didn’t want to wait in line for the Ferris Wheel, the school also had Laser Tag. That’s right. Students were able to strap on their vests, grab their laser guns, and defend the school from further alien invasion. This year, the dance’s buffet accumulated a variety of foods. One end of the table held Chinese catering, while the other side had the good old American favorite, pizza. If the students didn’t feel like indulging on main entrees, they could get some funnel cakes and Kona Ice snow cones for dessert.
As exciting as all those rides and games were, the most jam-packed place at the dance was the dance floor. The DJ was playing all of this year’s greatest hits and the students danced ‘til they dropped. However, the most unique thing about this year’s dance was the live band playing in the small gym. They played some smooth jazz and funk for anyone who wanted to relax or slow dance the night away.
“I think it was one of the best homecomings I’ve been to. Each year it just gets better and better,” says Coby Chatwin, winner of the Homecoming King title and also Student Body President. When asked if he could change one thing about the entire homecoming experience, it would be to, “have more orange chicken from Panda Express.”-