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Did you go to your homecoming dance?

November 11, 2007

We asked the high school seniors who agreed to participate in our monthly Senior Moments series the following question: Did you go to your high school's homecoming dance? Why or why not?

Jessey Flowers, 17

Clear Spring High School

Although it is his senior year, Jessey Flowers said this was not his last time at a Clear Spring High School dance.

"I'll be back," he said.

Jessey attended his school's homecoming dance Oct. 13 with his girlfriend at the time, and helped decorate for the dance as a student council member.

"It was fun," he said. "I could act crazy with all my senior friends."

Christiana Gagnon, 17

Williamsport High School

As a member of the Williamsport High School marching band, Christiana Gagnon went to her school's homecoming football game and parade in October.

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The 17-year-old said she rushed this year to get ready for the dance that same day. She was supposed to be released from the band about 3 p.m. so she could make it to her 3:30 p.m. hair appointment. However, she couldn't leave until 4 p.m., and was one hour late for her appointment.

"It was definitely a scramble this year," she said.

Christiana said that when she arrived at the dance with her date, who attends Grace Academy in Hagerstown, she was disappointed.

"The music was really bad, and I didn't like the decorations," she said. "I didn't like the dance at all. It was probably the worst our school has ever put on. It was not the way I wanted to remember my last (homecoming dance)."

Meagan Graff, 17

North Hagerstown High School

Meagan Graff said she was required to go to North Hagerstown High School's homecoming football game as a member of the school's marching band.

Meagan, a senior, went to the dance with a friend. For the past two years, Meagan said, she went with a boyfriend.

The dance, she said, is usually fun, but knowing this was her last homecoming dance at North Hagerstown made the experience special.

"It felt the same as all of the other homecomings," Meagan said. "But looking back on it, I realized I had a lot more fun than the years before. I told myself just to have fun."

Alvin Missouri, 17

Washington County Technical High School

Although Washington County Technical High School does not have a football team to compete in a homecoming game, the school does have a homecoming dance.

But senior Alvin Missouri said he did not attend.

"I really see no point to homecoming," he said. "I just never really felt it was all that. It just never interested me."

Before transferring to the technical high school in his junior year, Alvin attended North Hagerstown High School, where he said he also did not attend the school dances.

Christopher Mozingo, 16

South Hagerstown High School

Christopher Mozingo, a South Hagerstown High School senior, said he has gone to homecoming every year that he has been at the school. Christopher said his last homecoming at South High in early October was "nothing special."

He said he had a lot of fun with the group of friends with whom he went.

Christopher went to the homecoming football game Oct. 5 and to the dance the next night.

Misbah Shafi, 17

Smithsburg High School

Misbah Shafi said she went to her homecoming dance at Smithsburg High School with a small group of people. They went to dinner and then the dance.

While the senior had fun, Misbah said she kept in mind that it would be her last homecoming dance.

"The whole experience was bittersweet," she said. "Everyone had a blast, but (the seniors) all knew that it was our last homecoming of high school."

Nicodeme Agassy Wanko, 17

Boonsboro High School

Nicodeme Agassy Wanko went to his homecoming dance at Boonsboro High School with a group of friends, but said he opted not to attend the school's homecoming football game.

It was 90 degrees outside, he said, and the game was played midday.

Nicodeme, who is called Nico, said he also went to the dance last year.

"Last year was actually better," he said. "They played better music."

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