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Home Sweet Hoedown: Castaic Students Two-Step into a Country-Themed Homecoming

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Riona Mapue

On Saturday, Sept. 9. Castaic High School hosted the first dance of the 2023-24 school year. Students spent their time eating food, playing games, or simply spending time with their friends listening to music. The week of homecoming was full of activities. On Sept. 7, a pep rally was held in our gym and there was a football game at Canyon High School. This year’s theme was Country Carnival, and while not all students dressed to fit the theme, everyone still looked their best and stole the night!

Homecoming marks significant moments in everyone’s high school experiences, especially for our freshmen and seniors

Nicholas Lazzara, freshman, enjoyed the dance, and said ”it was pretty awesome sauce.” 

Sophomore Anisa  said, “Tonight was really fun, but I guess it was more of a challenge dressing wise.”

Jayden Oliver, junior,  said “I guess it’s pretty good, it’s pretty fire.” 

Taylor Pollard, senior, commented that she “saw the other schools like West Ranch and Valencia have actual carnival rides like ferris wheels, so I was a bit jealous, but I still had fun in the end!”

This year’s homecoming court had Dylan Silvera and Payton Zischke representing the freshman class, Sette Courtney and Joseph Strote representing the sophomores, Jeanelle Estrella and Connor Whitlach representing the juniors, and Jayden Long, Karlie Rice, Kassidy Vargas, Kylie Price, Leyna Le, Mallory Palm, Regan Thompson, Chandon Moon, Colton Kim, Ethan Felipe, Lucas Milan, Tyler Hawn, Yra Climaco, and Zach Marshall represented the seniors. 

A lot of people on color guard voted for me, and I didn’t expect it to work,” said Silvera “but it was a lot of fun at the event taking pictures.” 

The big question of the night for many students was in regards to who won homecoming king and queen out of the 14 seniors who were nominated. At the end of the night, Kylie Price and Lucas Milan took the sash.

Lucas Milan (left) and Kylie Price (right) posing for the Castaic High School Instagram

“The night was a lot of fun,” said freshman Mariah Altamarino. Homecoming this year was positively received and enjoyed by many students from each grade. But while many attended, a great number of students opted to stay home. 

One sophomore, Gema Garcia, a non-attendee, said she  didn’t go because it was Country Carnival, which was the same theme as last year.” 

In response to being asked if the cost of the dance played a role in not attending, Garcia said “Kind of, some of the other high schools homecomings cost $100.”  For all students that did or did not attend, we hope that next year’s homecoming can receive a similar or better reaction from all the students.

“The night was a lot of fun,” said freshman Mariah Altamarino. Homecoming this year was positively received and enjoyed by many students from each grade. But while many attended, a great number of students opted to stay home. 

One sophomore, Gema Garcia, a non-attendee, said she didn’t go because it was Country Carnival, which was the same theme as last year.

In response to being asked if the cost of the dance played a role in not attending, Garcia said, “Kind of, some of the other high schools homecomings cost $100.”  For all students that did or did not attend, we hope that next year’s homecoming can receive a similar or better reaction from all the students.

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Riona Mapue
Riona Mapue, Staff Writer
Riona Mapue is a staff writer for Castaic High School’s student newspaper, the Daily Howl. Picking up writing stories in her younger years, she hopes to be able to project her passion for the arts through writing about current events, opinion pieces, and significant moments in pop culture. She hopes to meet new people in journalism and engage with students during interviews. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends, watching movies, and getting to know what goes on in the world around her. 
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