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How To Hoco

It has been two years. Two years since a foot has been stepped on the dance floor. Two years since a couple has had a heartfelt moment while slow dancing to Ed Sheeran. Two years since a sweaty mosh pit formed in the Christian Brothers gym. It has been two whole years since you have […]

It has been two years. Two years since a foot has been stepped on the dance floor. Two years since a couple has had a heartfelt moment while slow dancing to Ed Sheeran. Two years since a sweaty mosh pit formed in the Christian Brothers gym. It has been two whole years since you have been asked to a CB Homecoming. But now the long awaited night is just one week away. One week until the cheesy instagram captions. One week until the main lawn is packed with high school students. One week until one of the best nights to remember is here. One whole week.

You may be asking yourself, “It’s been so long, how do I do this?” Or it may even be your first Homecoming. Well the senior class has your back. The Class of 2022 has some tips for the Hoco “newbies”.

First things first, asking your date to Homecoming is key to having the best night. Although it may seem scary, facing your fear of rejection is all a part of the process. But how do you go about it? Former Homecoming Royalty Maya Snyder (‘22) says “go big or go home”. Making a sign personally for your hope-to-be date with their favorite flowers or even some candy will for sure score you a date.

But be careful not to ask your date a month before the dance. Every year the freshman class falls victim to a homecoming proposal too far in advance. This embarrassing act will get you a few funny faces from the upperclassmen. High school couples move so fast — who knows if Johnny will still like you that far ahead?

Next: getting fitted. It is extremely important for you and your date to be matching. If your girl has a pink dress, you best be wearing a pink tie and bringing a matching corsage. But when she tries putting the boutonniere on you, be careful not to get stabbed by the pins holding it in place. It’s a dangerous process. 

Now to the start of Homecoming week. In order to do Homecoming right, dressing up for the themes every day should be a top priority. “Take into consideration the spirit days,” Maya says. She kindly adds, “it’s really fun to participate in school spirit and be one with the CB community”. Dressing up not only creates a tighter bond with the school community, but makes fun memories to look back on. 

When the middle of the week rolls around, it is that time to shine for the ladies: Powderpuff. This game of flag football is a big competition and is highly recommended to participate in. It’s the time to show off your football skills, and who knows, maybe you’ll be the new recruit for the CB football team.

Lastly, the day before the dance and a few hours before the football game is the rally and the time to get destroyed by the seniors in one of the biggest rallies of the year. Cheering at the top of your lungs and competing with the other classes is crucial in order to get the full Hoco experience. 

“Cheering at the rally is a part of the whole high school experience — it’s not embarrassing, it makes it more fun for everyone” says Maya. And rumor has it, if you don’t cheer, you won’t be allowed into the dance.

Homecoming is all about the football game — that’s why we have a dance. Make sure you find yourself on Friday under the big bright lights, screaming your heart out. You know the cheers from practicing earlier that day at the rally, so show the other team what CB is about. Show our school spirit and make it one to remember. 

The night has finally come — it’s homecoming. You and your date are all dressed up and ready for the dance. I know it can be intimidating your first time on the floor, especially seeing all the upperclassmen, but this is the time to dance your hearts out and be yourself.

“Everyone has been in your shoes, don’t be awkward,” Maya says. “It’s a rite of passage”.

During the dance, you may find yourself squished between people in a so-called “mosh pit”. “Freshmen don’t belong in the mosh pit — simple,” Jake Elorduy (‘22) says. It’s a very risky place to find yourself in as a tiny freshman.

Another big tip Jake has for the lowerclassmen is “don’t slow dance during a fast pace song — it’s awkward”. Make sure to only slow dance when there is a slow song. We seniors are just trying to save you from embarrassment.

Homecoming is a time to enjoy high school and make the best memories, just don’t forget to take pictures…so you can laugh at them when you’re a senior of course!

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