HEHS​ ​Homecoming​ ​to celebrate ​​past, present via ​theme​ ​“Retro​ ​Rewind”

Jodee Capati, Staff Writer

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Get ready​ ​to​ ​groove​ ​to​ ​the​ ​beat​ ​of​ ​the​ ​greatest​ ​event​ ​of​ ​the​ ​school​ ​year:​ ​Homecoming​ ​2017. The theme​ this year makes this year’s Homecoming event more unique and special.

“Retro​ ​Rewind”​ ​is​ ​HEHS​ ​2017’s​ ​Homecoming​ ​theme.​ ​Student​ ​Council,​ ​along​ ​with​ ​Sponsor Ryan Brown,​ ​chose this​ ​theme​ ​at​ ​the​ ​end​ ​of​ ​last​ ​school​ ​year.​ ​They​ ​had​ ​some​ ​inspiration​ ​in​ ​choosing the​ ​theme.​ ​It​ ​turns​ ​out​ ​some​ ​Hawk​ ​alumni​ ​are​ ​coming​ ​back​ ​to​ ​reminisce​ ​their​ ​memories​ ​in​ ​the school.

“We​ ​chose​ ​this​ ​theme​ ​because​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Homecoming​ ​game,​ ​they will​ ​be​ ​three​ ​different​ ​classes here: ​class​ ​reunions​ ​of​ ​1977,​ ​1987,​ ​and​ 1997.​ ​So​ ​we​ ​decided​ ​to​ ​have​ ​a​ ​theme​ ​that​ ​revolved​ ​around that,”​ ​Brown​ ​said.

Having​ ​to​ ​prepare​ ​an​ ​event​ ​for​ ​more​ ​than​ ​a​ ​1000​ ​people​ ​is​ ​a​ ​hard​ ​job​ ​to​ ​do​ ​and​ ​a responsibility​ ​to​ ​fulfill.​ ​Luckily,​ Brown​ ​has had​ ​extra​ ​help​ ​from​ ​Student​ ​Council.

​“As​​ ​president​ (of Student Council) ​I’m​ ​second​ ​in​ ​charge,” said Declan Rustay. “Mr.​ ​Brown​ ​comes​ ​up​ ​with​ ​all​ ​the​ ​ideas​, ​but​ ​if​ ​he​ ​needs​ ​help​ ​I’m​ ​the​ ​person​ ​he​ ​goes​ ​to.​”

Student Council​ ​and​ ​Brown​ ​have​ ​been​ ​working​ ​on​ ​the​ ​preparations​ ​since​ ​last​ ​year.​ ​From​ ​creating designs​ ​to​ ​picking​ ​out​ ​the​ ​Homecoming​ ​Court​ ​nominees,​ ​they​ ​have​ ​been​ ​putting​ ​their​ ​time​ ​into it​ ​to​ ​make​ ​sure​ ​that​ ​everything​ ​would​ ​turn​ ​out​ ​great.​ ​

​“I’m​ ​getting​ ​ready​ ​by​ ​staying​ ​after​ ​school​ ​and/or​ ​coming​ ​in​ ​early​ ​to​ ​make​ ​sure​ ​that​ ​we have​ ​all​ ​the​ ​decorations​ ​done​ ​for​ ​the​ ​dance,”​ said ​Rustay​.

Homecoming ​is​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​most​ ​valuable​ ​events​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Hawks,​ ​yet​ ​some​ ​are​ ​not​ ​informed​ ​as much​ ​as​ ​others​ ​are​ ​.​ ​To​ ​get​ ​more​ ​students​ ​involved,​ ​Student​ ​Council​ ​does​ ​its ​best​ ​to​ ​spread​ ​the word​.

The​ ​signage​ ​-​ ​pictures​ ​of​ ​HoCo​ ​Court​ ​nominees​ ​and​ ​morning​ ​announcements -​ ​is the primary way Student Council​ ​publicizes​ ​the​ ​events.

“​The​ ​student​ ​council​ ​Twitter​ ​page​ ​will​ ​be​ ​tweeting​ ​​ ​out​ ​things ​about​ ​the​ ​events​ ​and​ ​dance starting​ ​next​ ​week.​ ​I’ll​ ​also​ ​be​ ​helping​ ​by​ ​tweeting​ ​things​ ​from​ ​my​ ​personal​ ​Twitter​ ​to​ ​get​ ​the word​ ​out,”​ ​Rustay​ ​said.

Student​ ​Council​ ​has​ ​some​ ​expectations​ ​for​ ​the​ ​students​ ​who​ ​either​ ​choose​ ​to​ ​get involved​ ​in​ ​Homecoming​ ​or​ ​not.

“We​ ​hope​ ​that​ ​[students]​ ​would​ ​get​ ​involved​ ​because​ ​it​ ​is​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​larger​ ​events​ ​of the​ ​school​ ​year.​ ​There​ ​really​ ​is​ ​not​ ​anything​ ​that​ ​is​ ​new,​ ​so​ ​we​ ​would​ ​hope​ ​that​ ​the​ ​reputation​ ​of what​ ​Homecoming​ ​has​ ​been​ ​would​ ​get​ ​people​ ​involved,” said Rustay. “I​ ​honestly​ ​think​ ​this​ ​one​ ​will​ ​be​ ​the​ ​best​ ​one​ ​yet!. ​It’s​ ​a​ ​theme​ ​that​ ​I’ve​ ​never​ ​seen​ ​before and​ ​I’m​ ​really​ ​excited​ ​to​ ​see​ ​how​ ​all​ ​the​ ​decorations​ ​turn​ ​out.”​ ​

Students,​ ​too,​ ​have​ ​high​ ​hopes​ ​for​ ​Homecoming​ ​since​ ​some​ ​Hawks​ ​will​ ​experience​ ​the events​ ​and​ ​dance​ ​for​ ​the​ ​first​ ​and/or​ ​last​ ​time.

“I​ ​think​ ​it​ ​would​ ​be​ ​fun​ ​meeting​ ​new​ ​people​ ​in​ ​one​ ​place​ ​and​ ​having​ ​a​ ​good​ ​time,” said​ Ivo​ ​Dimov,​ ​freshman.​ ​”​I​ ​was​ ​nervous​ at first ​but​ ​not​ ​anymore​ ​because​ ​I​ ​didn’t​ ​know what​ ​to​ ​expect​ ​especially​ ​because​ ​I’m​ ​a​ ​freshman.”​ ​

Seniors have a different perspective on Homecoming this year as their time as Hawks winds down.

“Since​ ​it’s​ ​my​ ​last​ ​year​ ​in​ ​Hoffman,​ ​I​ ​want​ ​to​ ​expect​ ​something​ ​very​ ​different​ ​from​ ​the previous​ ​years.​ ​I​ ​want​ ​it​ ​to​ ​be​ ​better​ ​than​ ​last​ ​year,” said Miko Reynaldo, senior.​ “​I​ ​feel​ ​mixed​ ​emotions,​ ​and​ ​I​ ​don’t​ ​know why.”​ ​

“For​ ​me,​ ​I​ ​feel​ ​happy​ ​and​ ​excited​ ​because​ ​it’s​ ​my​ ​last​ ​year,​ ​but​ ​at​ ​the​ ​same​ ​time, ​it’s going​ ​to​ ​be​ ​emotional​ ​because​ ​I’ll​ ​miss​ ​the​ ​Hoffman​ ​spirit​ ​and​ ​[school-related]​ ​events,” said​ ​Dana​ ​Ong,​ ​senior.

​More​ ​information​ ​about​ ​Homecoming, will be shared at the​ ​HoCo​ ​Kick-Off​ ​Assembly​ Friday​, Sept.​ ​15 ​at​ ​2:00​ ​p.m.​ ​In the meantime, check​ ​out​ ​HEHS’​ ​Twitter​ ​@hehsStuCo​ ​and @HoffmanBlueCrew​ ​for​ ​more​ ​details.

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