Following Club Day’s success, Palo Alto High School’s Associated Student Body (ASB) has shifted focus to further improving Spirit Week and its Homecoming dance by slightly altering both events from past years.
ASB Vice President Anmol Nagar is excited for the new off-campus location for the Homecoming dance, which will not be hosted in the Small Gym this year due to construction. Instead, the dance will take place in the Grand Hall on the second floor of the Computer History Museum in Mountain View.
“I’m super excited because it’s the first time in several years that it has been off-campus, which means it has a great venue and our food options will be really yummy,” Nagar said.
Homecoming will take place on Oct. 24, the Saturday after Spirit Week, so ASB is working on its finishing touches for homecoming.
According to Nagar, ASB Social Commissioners Claire Billman and Marilyn Valdez have been hard at work to ensure this year’s homecoming is as enjoyable for as many students as possible.
ASB is optimistic that the new venue will prompt more students to attend this year’s Homecoming dance, thanks to a new and exciting update to the dance.
“Hopefully, with an off-campus location, our [attendance] numbers for Homecoming will continue to increase,” Nagar said. “Having it at a different venue that’s not the Small Gym offers students a new incentive to come. Also, the winner of Spirit Week will be announced there, which adds extra excitement to it.”
In regards to Spirit Week, ASB is implementing new rules to include more people at rallies by increasing the number of people for many of the games, and to make Spirit Week increasingly more enjoyable.
“We’re trying this year to include even more people at Spirit Week rallies with bigger and more games to include a wider variety of people,” Nagar said. “All the classes are getting really excited about Spirit Week, too. They’re all planning their floats and spirit week dances.”
ASB will also be making adjustments for Spirit Week because of the absence of the Big Gym. Since there is no location for the basketball rally, there will instead be a night rally.
“We have our first ever night rally at the football field on Wednesday night, and we will be playing some very exciting big group games during the night rally, and smaller games,” said Nagar. “It is neon so everyone should wear really bright colors.”
Everyone is meant to wear neon clothes for the Wednesday night rally. All classes will be wearing the same bright colors. ASB is aiming to make Spirit Week one of the best ever.
“This year’s Spirit Week is going to be the biggest and best that it’s ever been,” Nagar said. “Shoutout to Reid [Walters, spirit commissioner,] and Cezanne [Lane, spirit commissioner,] for planning such a great week. I can’t wait!”