Homecoming 2012: Seniors ‘leave no doubt,’ place first

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Photo by Maya Nitta

Kaelyn Nakamura-Kowalski and Victoria Alakai cheer on their fellow classmates at the Homecoming game on Oct. 19 at Kanaʻiaupuni Stadium.

Ka Leo o Nā Koa staff

By Maya Nitta, Features Editor

After weeks of hard work and overcoming obstacles, the senior class of 2013 took the overall first place honors at this year’s Homecoming Week, but the sophomores were close on their heels.

With a sophomore class bent on an underclassman win and a 150-point penalty imposed on the seniors for running over on a class cheer rehearsal on Tuesday, seniors were anxious to hear the results.

With  event tallies in, the scores were finally announced during halftime of the varsity football game on Oct. 19 in Kanaʻiaupuni Stadium. 

The classes placed as follows:

1st:   seniors, 5100+ points
2nd: sophomores, 4575 points
3rd:  juniors, 4100 points
4th:  freshmen, 2,825 points

Throughout the previous week, each class had been competing against each other to gain points in a variety of activities.

On Monday, they competed in the Battle of the Bands. On Wednesday, they competed in Boys Cheerleading, and on Thursday, they competed in Class Cheer and Step. During the week, they were also able to earn points by dressing up in the days’ themes.

(Correction to accompanying video: Boys Cheerleading took place on Wednesday, October 17, not Tuesday, October 16, as reported in the video. Ka Leo o Nā Koa apologizes for any confusion.)

On Friday before the game, the classes brought their parade floats and banners to the football stadium for judging.

The senior class was very close to a clean sweep, placing first in Battle of the Bands, Boy’s Cheer, Step, Class Cheer, and Float.

“Everybody worked extremely hard on their respective competition, and we came together as a class, so it really paid off,” senior Ashley Watson said.

The sophomores pushed hard this year, coming in second in five of the seven competitions.

“I thought homecoming was an all-around success. The seniors won, of course, but I am so glad that we got second,” sophomore Chanel Browne said.

The Junior class did not do as well as they would have liked to but are looking forward to next year, when they will have one more chance to show what they’ve got.

“A lot of people didn’t care  this year until the time to actually present…, but since we are going to be seniors next year, we’re going hard [then],” junior Kela Killam said.

Aside from the announcements of the winners during the halftime show, the crowd enjoyed a performance by the KS Maui cheerleaders and a parade by students from all Maui campuses.

Individual Event Results

Battle of the Bands
4. Freshmen
3. Juniors
2. Sophomores
1. Seniors

Boys Cheer
4. Freshmen
3. Juniors
2. Sophomores
1. Seniors

Step
4. Freshmen
3. Juniors
2. Sophomores
1. Seniors

Class Cheer
4. Freshmen
3. Sophomores
2. Juniors
1. Seniors

Banner
4. Freshmen
3. Juniors
2. Seniors
1. Sophomores

Float
4. Juniors
3. Freshmen
2. Sophomores
1. Seniors

Dress Up Days
4. Freshmen
3. Seniors
2. Sophomores
1. Juniors

Overall
4. Freshmen
3. Juniors
2. Sophomores
1. Seniors