Cassandra Murillo, a 17-year-old member of Associated Student Body (ASB) said the sunny weather ultimately influenced their decision to hold an outdoor dance.
“We wanted something outside,” she said. “This is very different than what other people have done before. And we wanted something different for the new year.”
“I think it’s cool how many people showed their school spirit,” added Chesney Olsen, 16. “I haven’t seen any other school do anything like this.”
Hundreds of students participated, but the kids were not the only ones involved. Many of the teachers, including Principal Dave Stubbs, were decked out in leis, sun hats and board shorts, or summer dresses. Even Toby the Tiger was dressed as though he booked a ticket to Oahu.
Liz Garcia, 17, gathered the teachers together and made the audience choose who was considered best dressed for the event. It was between Season Lozano, Toby the Tiger and Aaron Wheeland, but ultimately, Wheeland took home the glory.
As an added treat, the Polynesian dance club held a special dance routine for all students to enjoy.
Captain Andrea Casteel, 17, led the festivities and said that she enjoyed dancing for hundreds of students.
“It’s my passion. This my last year and I want to go out with a boom,” she said, shortly after two dance numbers. “I want the other students to get interested and keep it up when I’m gone. After Labor Day, I will be teaching more girls for homecoming and rallies. It makes me feel good that girls are happy, and knowing that I showed them how to do it.”
Assistant Principal of Discipline Tony Lomeli said that he was proud of the Polynesian dance club, and hopes they continued to be an avid part of Patterson High School.
“You can tell by the crowd just how much it means to these kids,” said Lomeli. “When you see 200 students quiet down to watch a performance, that says something.”
Contact Brooke Borba at 892-6187, ext. 24, or firstname.lastname@example.org.