Homecoming weekend recap: Game and Dance

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The 2023 Homecoming Week ended with a bang, as the Patriots won one of the last games of the varsity football regular season. Facing off against the Naples Golden Eagles, the Patriots secured a win, with the final score 38-17. By halftime, Heritage was leading by 31 to 3, scoring 4 touchdowns and one field goal. To bring the total points to 38, they scored one more touchdown in the fourth quarter. 

The Homecoming festivities were quite apparent at the game, with black and gold being the dress-up theme for the night, in order to show school spirit. During halftime, instead of the typical halftime show, the Homecoming court was escorted out onto the football field with a parent or guardian. Isabel Walchi and Maxim Kochkin were crowned king and queen, with the other senior representatives being Meghan Renaud and Carlos Jusino and Dylan Dueñas and Sarah Aurreochea. To add to the festivities, the Patriot Post sold ice cream for the first time at the game, in addition to macaroons and ice cream macaroons. 

The Homecoming Dance took place the next day Oct. 20 at the Marriott Hotel Harbour Beach. The party was themed around “The Great Gatsby” and the roaring 20s. Freshmen through  seniors were able to buy tickets and attend the dance, which started at 7:30 and ended at 11:30. Tickets came with dinner, including pasta and chicken nuggets, and an ice cream dessert, in addition to photo booth opportunities and, of course, the chance to dance and hang out with friends.

The Student Section was decked out in black and gold to show school spirit. The PTO sold more black and gold merchandise at the game. (Photo/ Zoe Horwitz)

The Patriot Post sold premium ice cream from Phuse Ice Cream with flavors including cookie batter, cotton candy, and mint chocolate chip, among others. Some of the staffers above, Stella Agratchev, Emma Delgado, Anya Pinto and Alina Sukhovskaya, are selling ice cream in the picture above. (Photo/ Taeyoung Kim)

The football team played to success that night during an approximately three and a half hour game filled with festivities. (Photo/Zoe Horwitz)

Heritage students hit the dance floor with teachers watching from the sides as they sang along to songs like “Love Story” by Taylor Swift and “Titi Me Preguntó” by Bad Bunny. (Photo/ Emma Delgado)

After their crowning ceremony, the Homecoming Court slow-danced to the song “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran. (Photo/ Emma Delgado)

As a junior, this is Emma’s second year in the Patriot Post and she’s excited to be the Assistant Online Editor this year. Outside of newspaper, she’s involved in and has office positions in Science Research, Key Club, FBLA, Model UN, and other clubs, including honor societies and her own nonprofit. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching dramas on Netflix, listening to Taylor Swift, and hanging out with friends. She’s very excited to work on the Patriot Post this year!