ASB breaks tradition with new Homecoming plans

Daniel Li, Author

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The Palo Alto High School Associated Student Body pins up posters advertising for this year's formal Homecoming Dance. Photo by Daniel Li.

The Palo Alto High School Associated Student Body hangs posters up around the school to advertise for this year’s formal Homecoming Dance. Photo by Daniel Li.

Throughout Palo Alto High School’s history, traditions have been broken and created. After the demolition of the small gym last month, Paly’s formal homecoming dance will break tradition this year and take place off-campus for the first time, at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View.

Ami’s Catering will cater the food and there will also be a photographer and professional decorations. In addition, DJ Tasi will provide the music again, and the Associated Student Body will be taking song requests this year through a survey on Facebook, according to Social Commissioner sophomore Claire Billman,

“DJ Tasi did an awesome job last year, and so we’re excited to have him back again,” Billman said.

The theme for Palo Alto High School's Homecoming dance this year will be "History in the making." Screenshot by Daniel Li.

The theme for Palo Alto High School’s Homecoming dance this year will be “History in the making.” Screenshot by Daniel Li.

According to the Facebook event “Homecoming 2.0 – History in the Making,” ASB is also holding its annual “asking competition” in which the top three students with the best homecoming asking videos will win prizes. The student in first place will win a $15 Chipotle gift card, the student who finishes in second place will win a $10 Jamba Juice gift card and the third place winner will receive a $5 Cold Stone Creamery gift card. To participate, students must post the video to the Facebook event or email it to Student Activities Director Matthew Hall by 11:59 p.m on Oct. 21 at [email protected]

According to Billman, ASB is trying to change the reputation of Paly dances, and provide students with a place where they can have fun with their friends while also celebrating their Paly pride.

“We decided to make the theme ‘Homecoming 2.0 — History in the making’ because we really want to redefine Paly Homecoming,” Billman said.

Tickets are $15 without an ASB card and $10 with one and will be sold at the door, online at Paly’s Web Store and at the Oct. 23 Homecoming football game.