Mount Si students get creative for homecoming

October 14, 2009

By Staff

Junior Tyler Brown buys a homecoming dance ticket during lunch at Mount Si High School. Photo by Laura Geggel

Junior Tyler Brown buys a homecoming dance ticket during lunch at Mount Si High School. Photo by Laura Geggel

Notes encased in ice, scuba suits and trails of clues — Mount Si students find unique ways to ask dates to homecoming.

Mount Si High School senior Joy Opsvig recently found a cooler on her front lawn.

“It was full of ice and it had a hammer and pick next to it,” Opsvig said.

She and her twin sister Natalie dumped the ice onto their lawn and picked away at it until they found a note from fellow senior Bradford Bonner

It said, “Now that we’ve broken the ice, will you go to homecoming with me?”

With the Mount Si homecoming dance coming up Oct. 17, students are putting their creativity into action, especially when it comes to finding dates.

“I’m so excited. It’s going to be so much fun,” said Opsvig, who said ‘yes’ to Bonner. “We’re going in a big group.”

For the first time in Mount Si’s history, the homecoming dance will not be held at the school. The student-run homecoming committee has been working since spring, organizing the dance, which will be held at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge golf club.

Thanks to the homecoming committee, students will see two firework shows — one during the Oct. 16 homecoming football game halftime show and the other during the homecoming dance on the Ridge.

“We decided that since it was the first year on the Ridge, we would make it a big deal,” senior Emily Beekman said.

Spirit week precedes homecoming, with royalty and pep assemblies, hallway decorations and dress-up days. Parents beware — children will soon be raiding closets to find grunge, oversized cartoon-character shirts, spandex and slap bracelets for ‘90s day.

Meanwhile, students are asking out their peers right and left.

Junior Tyler Brown, who just moved to Snoqualmie Valley from Shanghai, passed a note to his date between classes.

Senior Matt Laird knew junior Aubrey Lane wanted a goldfish, so he left her an empty goldfish bowl on her fifth-period desk. A scuba man figurine holding a sign saying, “Homecoming ‘09” stood in the bottom of the bowl.

“I was asking everyone, do you know who brought me this fishbowl?” Lane said.

After school that day, Laird appeared wearing a scuba suit, complete with mask and flippers. He even had a goldfish for the bowl, which Lane is now caring for while she waits for the homecoming dance.

Senior Florence Servais, an exchange student from Belgium, found a series of clues that led her to the staircase, where she found a classmate waiting with flowers. Serbais said she was excited for homecoming, especially because her school in Belgium did not have dances or occasions where boys shower girls with balloons or flowers.

“It’s not the same in Europe,” Servais said, “We don’t have events like homecoming.”

Other students’ plans took them out of Snoqualmie Valley.

Sophomore Alex Welsh thought she was having lunch with her friends in downtown Bellevue, but when her friend drove her by the pedestrian sky bridge connecting Bellevue Square to Lincoln Square Center, she noticed a sign reading, “Homecoming, Alex?”

“He was up there, waving,” Welsh remembered.

When they met, junior Zac Miller gave her a rose, and she agreed – homecoming would be great if they were a couple.

Senior Garrett Rohan took a page out of Walt Disney’s book. During the DECA fashion show at Mount Si, Prince Charming grabbed the microphone and asked if Ms. Rissy Past would be his Cinderella for homecoming. The duo is going to the dance with their friends, and Rohan said he was excited for the limo ride.

Assistant Principal Beth Castle reminded students to make good decisions the night of the dance.

“We have had issues at times,” Castle said. “Sometimes kids make poor decisions and inevitably our students let us know because they don’t want it there either.”

Police will be on site for the dance, and any inappropriate behavior could result in a suspension.

“We hope it doesn’t happen this year,” Castle said. “It’s such a wonderful night. The kids look so great dressed up in all of their finery.”

Homecoming dance tickets cost $25 per person for the 9-12 p.m. dance. Photography by Joy will snap photos of Wildcats with their friends and dates.

Laura Geggel: 392-6434 ext. 221 or Comment at

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