Homecoming: Sink or Swim?

HOMECOMING: Sink or Swim?

By: Julia Klotz


Last week on Friday, October 24, 2014 Tustin High held their annual homecoming dance. With a luau theme for the night, Tustin’s ASB, along with the help of their advisor Mr. David Peay, transformed the pool into a Hawaiian getaway.

When asking Tustin High’s student body about homecoming weeks prior to the event, most students responded negatively to the thought of having the dance at the school’s pool; it was a new concept to all of us. Ticket sales proved to not be as high as last year’s homecoming dance leading students to believe the dance was not to be as astounding as promised. It wasn’t until the day of homecoming that ticket sales skyrocketed and students finally decided to attend the dance (probably to just see how much of a flop it was going to be and to feast on the free food that came along with your purchase of a ticket).

From my experience attending the event, it looked pretty fun. After waiting in a lengthy and time consuming line to take a breathalyzer test (and pass), students were granted entrance into the school’s pool to be greeted by a row of tables filled with food, a DJ blasting relevant as well as old hits, and a heated pool of which was still untouched. As soon as students finished their food, it was off to the DJ to dance. Homecoming court nominee Sydney Means spoke positively of her experience at the dance, “I thought the dance was fun! I had a great time with my friends. The only thing negative about the dance would be the anxiety you felt in fear of being pushed into the pool!” On the other hand, ASB member Afif Achmad spoke the opposite of Sydney’s stay at the dance. “It was good at first but got boring near the end. There wasn’t much to do besides dance which got tiring pretty quickly,” said Achmad. In simplest terms from what I saw, dancing consisted of lots of twerking, jumping, and almost falling into the pool. Quite the sight.

After waiting about an hour, two courageous students decided to take the risk and be the first to jump into the pool. Once others saw, everyone began to follow and jump into the pool; students fully clothed were doing somersaults into the pool alongside members of Tustin High’s water polo team.


Before leaving the event, it was clear to me that students were not the least bit disappointed with the outcome of the dance. Everyone was genuinely having a great time whether it be dancing with their friends, taking memorable photos, or racing each other in the swimming pool. Homecoming proved to be more successful than expected.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Sydney Means says:

    This article is very well written and I enjoyed reading it! I also didn’t realize you used my quote for your article.

  2. Misty Dobrenen says:

    A very good article. I like how you attempted to avoid bias by interviewing people with different opinions.

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