By Adam Silvernail
For those of you who didn’t know, the weekend of Oct. 4-6 was Homecoming at Ellicottville Central School. The whole week had been leading up to it with Spirit Week, but Homecoming kicked off with two sports events at home, a soccer game against Hinsdale and a football game against Bolivar Richburg.
Both teams were wildly successful, with the boy’s soccer team winning at a score of 5-0 and the football team winning at a score of 46-0. In my opinion, the star play of the night was Niklas Logel, number 2 of the football team, carrying the ball 77 yards for a touchdown. Impressive stuff.
During halftime the attendants — the people that were voted for by their grade to be the Homecoming kings and queens — rode up to the bleachers on golf carts. The attendants were Gian Nuzzo and Selena Smith for the freshmen, Isaac Alexander and Cece Carls for the sophomores, Brett Kryniski and Jianna Flora for the juniors, Jordan Peplinski and Evelyn Nuzzo for the seniors, and the Homecoming king and queen were Makenna Smith and Jordan Grinols.
On Saturday, the dance was open to grades 9 to 12, but it was mainly attended by juniors and seniors. The price of admission was $5 and the theme this year was Crocs-n’-Socks. So a large part of the dancers was wearing crocs, socks and bare feet, if they weren’t wearing socks.
People tended to gather in groups as high-school students do. Occasionally a dance circle would form around a person busting a phat move while the onlookers cheered them on. The music was played from somebody’s phone, with a mix of popular, slow and romantic songs. Outside the door of the gymnasium was a few tables with water pitchers and cups on them, as well as a backdrop to take pictures in front of.
At 10 p.m., everyone except for the attendants cleared the floor for the attendants’ dance. They slow danced with each other for a few minutes before the rest were allowed to join them. Afterwards, the crowd began to thin. By 10:30 p.m., about half of the original students had left. There was only a handful left by the scheduled end of the dance at 11.
I asked several people that attended the dance what their favorite part of it was. Abigail Ploetz, junior, responded, “Hanging out with my friends and having a great time.”
Ryan DeKay, junior, said, “The music was pretty good.” The songs played were all the popular bops a teenager could hope to listen to.
Niklas Logel, senior, would agree, saying, “The music.”
Despite what seemed like a very successful dance, the people I talked to said that it was one of the more boring dances they’ve been to. If that was one of the boring dances, I’d love to be at one of the exciting dances!