Story by: Sonya Shimpock
Photos by: Emiko Esmiller & Hanna Bae
Staff Photographer, Co-Design Editor & Editor-in-Chief
SPHS bustled with activity in preparation for the Homecoming Picnic early on the morning of Oct. 20. Club members arrived on campus at 7 a.m., congregating in the SAC room before splitting up to set up picnic tables along Diamond Ave. and settling perishable products in the cafeteria fridge by the time school began.
“I’m so excited to see what all the other clubs have to offer,” junior Perri Koo, vice-president of Women in Medicine, said. “It’s a great way to spend time with your friends and eat good food.”
The Homecoming picnic is an annual SPHS tradition, featuring items, typically food, that students can purchase with tickets. Clubs use revenue to finance club activities for the rest of the year.
“I think it’s really a great experience for us to publicize our clubs, as well as give us a little bit of income to start us off, especially because we’re a new club, and I think it’ll be a fun time,” Junior Sofie Humphrey, president of Running for a Cause, said. “We’ll have a great day. I think our product is like a really, really versatile one that a lot of people like,”
Running for a Cause sold Crumbl cookies during the picnic. Though Humphrey, along with other Cross Country members missed the event for a race at Mt. San Antonio College, she followed the events of the picnic with virtual updates from her fellow club members.
Live music was provided during the picnic by “Love, Magnolia,” a band consisting of SPHS seniors Brandon Goldman, Jonah Lau, Aidan Jackson and freshman Campbell Carey. They played a diverse set that fueled an upbeat atmosphere for the event.
The picnic continued with excitement despite temperatures reaching the high 80s. Students sought shelter in the shade under trees and building overhangs.
“My booth was one of the only ones in the shade,” sophomore Milla Humphrey, vice-president of S.T.I.T.C.H, said. “People were congregating all over the sidewalk behind us.”
The picnic persisted through the heat and concluded at 3:30 p.m.