On Saturday, Oct. 21, the Mar Vista High School Mariners had their annual homecoming dance, which lasted from 6 to 10 p.m. The Mar Vista ASB (Associated Student Body) decided that Under the Sea would be the theme for their homecoming dance this year since Imperial Beach is a beach town. They believed it would be a perfect fit, considering the ocean is just a few blocks away from the school.
The decorations for the dance in the gym were “over the top,” as Mr. Olinger, the AP for student activities, says. There were artificial jellyfish created with Chinese lanterns, streamers, shimmers and lights that made the creatures come alive and float over the dessert table. Kraken tentacles consumed one side of the gym in a “shipwreck.” The tentacles were created with chicken wire and plastic, then they were spray painted by students and art teacher, Mrs. Rogers, with colors that made the tentacles pop and appear realistic. Light blue and green material covered the gym to create the illusion of waves. On top of these waves were silhouettes of sea creatures such as sea turtles, sharks, mermaids and stingrays. The tables were decorated with centerpieces of bowls and jars filled with sand, starfish, shells, and a candle in the middle. The walls were covered with brown material to create the appearance of underwater caves topped with seaweed. ASB worked for weeks on the decor and it took them over seven hours to make the gym look like it did. In my opinion, the dance looked amazing.
Once again, rather than going by themselves or with a date, students often went with a group of friends. The dance floor was rarely ever empty and as the night progressed, less and less floor space became available. It was great seeing large clusters of students in all parts of the gym. Different genres of music, mostly modern rap and Spanish music, was played so that everyone was able to dance to some type of melody rather than sitting down. All students were dressed formal and looked great.
The homecoming court was nominated by the class of 2018. There were two nominations, one for king and one for queen, with the top ten chosen. The list later slims down to a top five for each gender forming the official court. From there, students of all classes vote and the king and queen are officially announced at the homecoming football game at half time. This year the game is scheduled for this Friday, Oct. 27, after the homecoming dance.
As a senior, it was my last homecoming dance and I cherished every moment of it. Throughout the course of the evening, the realization hit me that I would not have another memory such as this one, which made me wish the night went on forever. I stayed with my closest friends and danced like there was no tomorrow. I had a lot of fun and there were plenty of laughs and memories I will hold dear to my heart at my second and final homecoming.
I encourage students to go to at least one dance during your time at Mar Vista because it truly is an amazing experience that you’ll want to remember when looking back on your four year journey. Even if dancing is not your thing, or you feel like you have to have a date, you don’t. It doesn’t matter if you can’t dance, make the best of it. Laugh it off, because at the end of that night you will realize that only you can determine if you have fun.