When you wish upon a Happily Ever Homecoming

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In the midst of stressful SATs, anchors and college apps, Northwood students enjoyed a “Happily Ever After” Homecoming week of pep rallies, lunch fests and dress-up days that channeled the happiest place on earth. The magical week culminated at the football game against the University Trojans on Oct. 6. Despite the loss, the week ended in a happily ever after when students enjoyed an endless night of upbeat music and dancing at the Homecoming Dance on Oct. 7.

Upon arriving at school on Monday of Homecoming Week, students were amazed by the multitude of Disneyland-themed props adorning Northwood. Props representing each themed land and Northwood class—Frontierland for freshmen, Adventureland for sophomores, Tomorrowland for juniors and Fantasyland for seniors—surrounded the Oak. Organized by ASB with the help of class councils to raise school spirit for the Homecoming game and dance, the props required months of hard work, cooperation and determination, according to ASB Vice President Kayla Shojai.

“Homecoming is definitely a team effort,” Shojai said. “From those on ASB to the 70 class council members, everyone is trying their best to pull their own weight and in some cases that means painting for hours and hours on end just to complete one of your props. It’s easy to lose sight of why you are doing it in the process, but once you see the outcome, you realize that the time and effort put in was worth it.”

After a week of dress-up days, pep rallies and lunch fests, including a visit from Power 106 Radio, Northwood students, dressed in school colors, flocked to the Portola High School stadium to watch the football team and marching band’s performance at the Homecoming Game. During the halftime show, senior Alison Huh was crowned Homecoming Queen while senior Nathan Ng was declared King earlier in the day at the second Homecoming pep rally. Other Homecoming court members include seniors Brooke Kong, Julia Elliott, Sunny Lee, Mike Coleman, Derek Kim, Collin Press and Andrew Lee.

“Being crowned queen felt surreal especially as someone in marching band.” Huh said. “It was pretty cool to be able to debunk the whole band geek stereotype.”

With over 800 attendees, the 2017 “Happily Ever Homecoming” dance was a major success for ASB. Students adorned in beads, jewels and crowns represented their class themes and danced in the Disney-themed “ballroom” in the Gym. Hosted by DJ Brandon from N-Effects, the dance featured an assortment of nostalgic and fistpumping music including DJ Khaled’s “All I Do Is Win,” Justin Bieber’s “Baby” and Miley Cyrus’s “Party in the USA.”

“This Homecoming Dance was one of the best dances I’ve been to because the music was very enjoyable,” said junior Jyo Jain. “My favorite song was Kendrick Lamar’s ‘DNA.’”

Although the enchanted night came to an end with Journey’s, “Don’t Stop Believing,” students can look forward to Winter Formal coming up at the end of the semester.

“Homecoming was the perfect culmination of an awesome, super-spirited week,” Senior Class President Sophia Levy said. “I’m excited for Winter Formal because it’s the first formal dance of the year. With a secret location and awesome vendors, Winter Formal is going to foster a lot of anticipation in these coming months. Senior class council is going to work hard to make sure people’s suggestions from past years are taken into consideration to make sure the dance will be the best it can be.”