BP Under the Big Top Homecoming weekend kicked off with a bang as the Black-Hawks, after an intense pep rally, won a staggering victory in their football game, crushing their opponents, the Stafford Indians, 57-7. After the game, the players and fans alike had just under a day to rest, scrub off their war paint and prepare for the peak of the weekend: the Homecoming dance and the sight of newly crowned Queen and King Abby Touch and William Shields. By 7:45 p.m., the sidewalks leading up to the school were teeming with enthusiastic Homecoming attendees. Each couple or group, dressed to the nines, eagerly awaited one thing: the arrival of eight o’clock. Finally, the moment everyone had waited for arrived, and the doors opened. Now a line took real form as the various students began to file into the commons. Freshmen, wondering how the night would compare to middle school dances, grouped together. Sophomores were all spread out; a balance between the freshmen and juniors. <strong>The</strong>y were just ready to hit the dance floor. Juniors, closer to the front of the line, were determined to make the most of their night. Seniors hung toward the back, still busy greeting their classmates and not quite ready for one of many “lasts,” before claiming “Seniority!” and casually joining the front of the line. Inside the school, tickets and ID’s were scanned quickly, and curiosity was at an alltime high as students began to take in their surroundings. Fun stations lined the halls of the commons, and students milled about, taking it all in. By Grace Rolle Photos by Julie Gazzoli, Jasmine Sutton Banks and Emma McElwain Before long, however, the enticing bass drew people into the dimly lit gymnasium where a whole new world was revealed. Despite being the darkest area in the accessible building, the real beacon was the dance floor, set up under pillars of balloons in an imitation big top. <strong>The</strong> DJ’s expert talent, with the help of persuasive friends, in some cases, drew even the most reluctant to the dance floor. Students ignored divisions like grade level in favor of having the best time they could. <strong>The</strong> fun atmosphere of the dance was likely influenced heavily by the crushing victory the night before. <strong>The</strong> varsity football team, maintaining their impressive record, led the school to all-new heights of celebration. <strong>The</strong>ir teamwork and coordination paid off with successfully executed plays and stragies. <strong>The</strong> enthusiasm carried over from the moment Friday kicked off until the end of the dance. Between the senior march, the pep rally, the football game and the dance itself, nearly the whole school had gotten involved and spirited together. <strong>The</strong> pep rally, as always, was the highlight of Friday’s school day because the entire school got to come together and truly be “As One” for the first time this year. Each class got to participate in two different Spirit contests: the contenst for Spirit Stick, of course, and the Sing Off, both of which were won by the juniors. During the Homecoming Court and Friends Dance Competition, King and Queen Nominees Soliel Rivera and Kobe Butler, showing off all their moves, delighted the audience by dancing with no restraints. With Homecoming over now, the seniors are beginning to realize that the end of their time in high school is also approaching and are committed to making their time in high school the best it can be. Senior Ariana Wiggins said, “I would like when underclassmen and teachers look back to say, ‘She was such a nice girl. She was nice to everybody’ because I try to be nice to everybody.” If the Class of 2016 puts as much enthusiasm into improving their futures as they have into celebrating their senior Homecoming, there can be no doubt that they will leave the impression they want to on not only their high school but also their world.