By Janice Eck
Photos by Janice Eck
(Victorville)– Homecoming dances have come a long way from streamers and balloons to thematic ideas and amazing decorations and props to match. Silverado High School bumped things up a notch with this year’s “Alice in Wonderland” themed Homecoming complete with the white rabbit’s tunnel, the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, card soldiers, and more.
Students attending the dance were greeted by various movie characters and led through the rabbit hole out to the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Card soldiers were spotted here and there guarding exits. The Mad Hatter announced Homecoming Court and the White Rabbit was seen hopping around taking pictures all around the dance. The DJ played through the night, keeping students on their feet.
“This is probably the biggest and most elaborate Homecoming I’ve done,” Jessica Swift, Associated Student Body (ASB)/Activities Director of Silverado High School, explained to High Desert Daily during the busy night. “The theme made it very easy to do the props with the rabbit hole. We always try to do an elaborate entrance, so it’s our first time doing a tunnel and all the decorations and the kids just really got into it.”
Yes, the kids. The ASB students are the ones who come up with a theme that connects each event throughout the year. Homecoming was the first. During the summer, each class (Seniors, Juniors, Sophomores, and Freshmen) plans and builds their Homecoming floats which are presented during half-time at the Homecoming Football game. The week of Homecoming, ASB works nonstop preparing, breaking down, and shifting around floats and the rest of the equipment for Friday’s school-wide assembly and the half-time show just to return Saturday morning to set up for the dance and hope the High Desert winds don’t create too much havoc after they leave around noon to get ready for the dance.
The students of ASB are dedicated to their cause, delivering hard work and enthusiasm in all they do. Swift goes on to say, “My kids are so amazing. Every year I think I’m going to kill one of them because I’m pushing them too much. I look at their eyes at the end of the week and they look so tired, but then they come to the dance and tell me it all looks so good and they’re proud of themselves. I think everyone at school knows ASB did this and the things they do are amazing”
Indeed, amazing. Knowing the ASB kids put in so much of the effort to have a fun place for the rest of the students, not to mention all the blood, sweat, and tears put into building floats to represent their respective classes is truly an amazing feat.