Homecoming Makes a Comeback

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Sofia Cruz

Coral Gables Senior High’s Homecoming made its return on Oct. 16 after being canceled for the 2020-2021 school year.

Isabel Donner and Sofia Cruz

Homecoming is one of the most anticipated events of a student’s time in high school. With the cancellation of last year’s homecoming, Cavaliers looked forward to what the 2021 celebration would have in store for them.

Unlike previous years where the Coral Gables Senior High Homecoming would be hosted by the University of Miami, this year’s party was located on campus in the newly renovated patio in front of the 6000 building. The event was held on Saturday, Oct. 16, and started at 8 p.m. Students were instructed to follow a formal dress code. Tickets cost $35 and were purchased in advance so students could secure their spot within the limited capacity.

“For it to be our last homecoming I think it will be one to remember, and I am happy we had such a good time together,” senior Catalina Castro said.

This year’s homecoming was unique in its setup and attractions. A large tent was constructed for students to dance under, and the patio was decorated with artificial cherry blossom trees, outdoor string lights and candle-lit tables. A DJ was also present to play the latest pop and latin hits for students to dance to.

When it came to food and drinks, Gables did not disappoint. Santo Dulce, a local Miami ice cream shop, set up a food truck that served ice cream and churros to students throughout the night. Students were also offered unlimited water, lemonade, sandwiches and pastries to satisfy their cravings.

A photo booth was set off for Cavs to immortalize the night with pictures. Set up by members of the student council with the help of history teacher Mrs. Noval, a ring light, camera, props and a backdrop were set up for students to pose with. Throughout the night, representatives from Gables’ publications also took photo booth pictures and snapped candid shots of students dancing and celebrating.

“The churros and ice cream were my favorite part. It was definitely a pleasant surprise and I think Gables did a great job at planning everything,” senior Caitlin Castillo said.

Later in the night, Principal Ullivarri paused the festivities to announce homecoming court winners. Students gathered around the DJ booth, waiting to hear which of their fellow peers would be called. Cheers erupted as seniors Natalie Leiva and David Kuper were crowned homecoming Queen and King, while juniors Beatriz Cruz and Lucas Paez won Princess and Prince. The two pairs had their photos taken and were congratulated by the principal.

The event was wrapped up at 11 p.m., when students said goodbye to the decorations, music and the friends they spent the night with. Teacher chaperones and student volunteers stayed behind to pick up and pack away decorations. As the music ended and lights shut off, the night was sealed away in the memory of Cavaliers forever.