FROM LEOTARDS TO POODLE SKIRTS: GENERATION DAY RECAP

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Allison Robbert

Since last quarter, the sophomores have been preparing and practicing for their moment on the floor. This year, their dance was choreographed by dance sophomore Jacqueline Albanese.

The “TV screen” filled with ‘80s neon dancers as theater senior Nicholas Madruga pointed his remote at the TV and turned it on. He sat in his fluffy chair and bopped along with the dancers as they grooved along to ‘80s classics, such as Rick Springfeilds “Jessie’s Girl” and Salt-N-Pepas “Push it.” Junior punk-rockers took the stage as they jammed to Queen and protested war with “Power to the People” signs. The sophomores took the crowd back to the beach where they surfed the USA … well, surfed the gym. The freshmen jived to songs such as “Rockin’ Robin” by The Jackson 5. Generation Day was here once again. 

“The dances were just so energetic,” visual freshman Siya Viroja said. “They were all happy and all had smiles on their faces. They seemed like they had been practicing for a long time and they were so coordinated. It’s not easy [to perform] in front of the entire school.” 

The gym waited in anticipation to see who would come out on top as the rankings for the dances were tabulated. Every grade, apart from the freshmen (who screamed a collective “no”) yelled as loud as they could as the SGA Presidents asked each grade if thought they had won. Finally, the results were in with the juniors raining victorious, followed by the seniors, then the sophomores, and finally freshmen.

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Dancing to classic rock songs, dance junior Emma McCue struts across the floor. The juniors change the narrative of the ‘70s-inspired Generation Day Dance norm by including punk rock and political statements as their inspiration instead of disco. The dance was choreographed by dance juniors Ekko Greenbaum and Nicholas Lamaina.

“We chose songs the junior class had never really done before, and Ekko [Greenbaum’s] and Nicholas [Lamaina’s] choreography was just so different,” theatre junior Heather Cruise said. “It felt amazing when we won. We did not think we were that awesome. But we now definitely have a chance at winning [the Pep Rally].” 

Another annual event that takes place on Generation Day is sidewalk chalk. Students took inspiration from their grade’s Pep Rally theme to create a chalk masterpiece in front of Freshman Hill. The art pieces ranged from space and firefighters to “Shrek” and “Monsters Inc.” Seniors in outer space ended up taking first place followed by the juniors’ firefighter, the sophomores’ “Shrek,” and the freshmen’s “Monsters Inc.” piece. 

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Visual sophomore Alyssa Gonzalez finishes the “Shrek” 2022 portrait for the Generation Day sidewalk chalk competition. “Last night, we worked on it for three hours and this morning we added finishing touches,” Gonzalez said.

“Our piece took us about three hours last night and we came in this morning to put on finishing touches,” visual sophomore Alyssa Gonzalez said. “We thought it would be a good idea to incorporate as many parts of Shrek as possible to make the idea more cohesive.”

The day ended with the juniors in the lead with 35 points, the seniors in a close second with 33 points, the sophomores in third with 28 points, and the freshmen in fourth with 16 points.  Regardless of the scores, Generation Day acted as a reminder of long-lasting traditions. 

“It’s always a tradition as a freshman for you to see all the seniors dressed in ‘80s apparel, especially with leotards and tights, so it makes you excited to think ‘I’m gonna be that old one day and do that,’” communications senior Julia Guerrero said. “It’s bittersweet because spirit week is always something you look forward to, and it’s so much fun. To think it’s coming to an end, it’s a little sad.” 

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  • During the freshmen’s Generation Day dance, dance freshman Kamren Blake hops along to classic ‘50s style dance moves such as the hand jive.

  • The sophomores take on ‘60s-inspired looks for Generation Day, including white GoGo boots, headbands, brightly colored dresses, and black and white apparel.

  • Dance sophomore Lauren Hopta swings along to the ‘60s Generation Day dance, including songs such as “I Want You Back” by Jackson 5 and “My Boyfriend’s Back” by The Angels.

  • Dance sophomores Alex Jones and Emma Jaffe “couple up” during day three of Spirit Week in the sophomores’ ‘60s inspired Generation Day routine.

  • Alongside other juniors, band junior Maily Nguyen cheered on her classmates as they rocked the stage during Wednesday’s lunch dance battle.

  • The seniors take to the floor decked in neon leotards and leg warmers as they jammed out to “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” by Wham!

  • Communications senior Joel Soto boogies with his partner dance senior Tortorella, Jordan during the battle of the Generations Day dance.

  • During Salt-N-Pepa’s “Push it,” seniors like dance senior Riannon Wolin demonstrate classic workout routines as seen in popular ‘80s workout videos.

  • English teacher Carmen Gallardo jumps in on the spirit week action by making a cameo in the seniors’ ‘80s style Generation Day dance.

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