Senior Homecoming Court member Nolan Kim celebrates with fellow senior and close friend, Jazzy Cheng.

An assembly, picnic, dance, and football game span a high school tradition, ‘Homecoming Day’

Written by Dominic Marziali
Staff Writer

Photos by Brandon YungIsaac Marziali and Helena Fu
Online Managing Editor, Staff Videographer, Staff Photographer

Students at South Pasadena High School came together to support clubs and show their school spirit on Friday, November 3. A week of dress-up days and spirit activities coordinated by ASB led to a palpable energy of excitement across campus. For two weeks, ASB advertised the event: selling tickets during lunch, encouraging clubs to make posters, and reminding students about the Homecoming Dance.  

Homecoming day was kicked off by Commissioner of Assemblies Anders Keith, who began the assembly with roll call. Keith, who took on the character of an Scottish detective, weaved his narrative about his school-spiritless twin brother in between performances from Pep and the presentation of the homecoming nominees. Seniors Nolan Kim, Riley Segal, and Halle Sunabe, junior Rita Mastromatteo, sophomore Ian Wang, and freshman Peter Wielenga all took centerstage during the assembly as homecoming nominees. The nominees answered questions and were shown in a video which was part of Keith’s narrative.

An assortment of clubs and musicians entertained students during the Homecoming Picnic. The block of Diamond Street between Rollin and Lyndon Streets was closed to traffic, giving clubs a space to sell various products, from In-N-Out Burgers to creme puffs. TASSEL offered a dunk tank, allowing students to dunk their favorite teachers. Commissioner of Noontime Adam Fagenson provided students with an opportunity to perform live during the picnic, with performances from rappers Evan Kowal, Alex Fonseca, and Brandon Min.

At halftime of the football game against rival San Marino, the homecoming nominees were brought onto the field to be introduced in front of the large crowd. Following a band performance and four elaborate dance groups, the nominees walked through decorated wooden doors accompanied by their parents. Senior Riley Segal was announced as the “Royal Tiger” under a firework show funded by ASB.

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