The following article was written for The Friday Flyer by Temescal Canyon High School journalism students Duha Alfatlawi and Justin Dela Cruz.
The inevitable time has come. The end of the high school football season has finally arrived at Temescal Canyon High School, but not without a bang.
On November 6, the entire school gathered around for one last home game. The varsity football team faced off Menifee’s Paloma Valley High School at the TC football field. The school’s student section, known as the “Blue Hole,” filled the bleachers to cheer on their beloved football team.
The friends and families of the senior students came to congratulate and honor them for their hard work and effort throughout the four years of their high school career in an annual event called “Senior Night.” Senior students from Temescal’s varsity football, cheer and dance team as well as those from band and color guard were commemorated prior to the game and during the half-time show.
Each individual football player was escorted by their family while the commentator read aloud all of the boys’ academic and athletic achievements. A few of the Canyon Lake residents who were honored included Coby Chatwin, Austin Cuicchi, Cody Baxter, Steven Van Meter, Michael Asafu-adjaye and Jake Rabin.
Next to be honored was the varsity cheer team. For the past four years, these senior cheerleaders had a vital part in pumping up the crowd and filling the stadium with Titan Pride. These girls were also escorted by both their family and friends, each receiving flower crowns and bouquets. Canyon Lake’s very own Kelsey McCoy, Lauren Steinbeck, Kaila Maillard, Monica MacDonald and Summer Limbourne are some of the few recognized that night.
The varsity dance team also was honored, but they still have an eventful year ahead of them filled with more competitions and performances. Canyon Lake resident Monica MacDonald, in both in cheer and dance, is one of the dance team captains and one of many senior performers to have had her name announced in the stadium.
During the game itself, Temescal Canyon students supported the team as usual by standing in the Blue Hole. Titans got down to the music played by the DJ, got rowdy by shouting out multiple cheers and chants led by the varsity cheer team, and overall, put out one last effort in showing off that proud and exhilarating Titan spirit in their football stadium.
A wise man once said, “As one door closes, another one opens.” And nothing truer could be said for these successful seniors as they continue to take on greater adventures in life.