October 26, 2021
On Saturday night, the SFHS student council hung colorful lights all over the plaza, passed out glow sticks and even gave out light bulb-shaped cookies to advance the “Light Up The Night” theme of the HOCO dance.
When the gates to the plaza opened, the student body buzzed with excitement as they entered the brightly lit square. The event swelled with school spirit as the students and staff danced the night away to famous throwbacks and catchy tunes.
Since SFHS did not host a dance last year due to COVID-19, many students were excited to see what the school planned for the resumed tradition. In 2019, South hosted the dance in the Blue Gym, but to maintain social distancing, the school decided to hold this year’s HOCO in the plaza. The dress code for the dance was semi-formal, and many students dressed in shorter dresses, wore sneakers and went blazer-less to align with the casual vibes.
“The dance was a great high school experience that I got to attend for the first time,” said junior Vivan Tadakamalla. “It was a good welcoming back from my virtual year.”
Not only did South switch up the dance by relocating it, but the school also hired a coffee truck to distribute a variety of items including coffee, smoothies, and more. The school provided one free ticket for every attendee, giving them their choice of drink from the truck. Students clustered in a long line, giddy to get their drinks to quench their thirst from their lively dancing. The coffee truck was a fan favorite and a big success at the dance. Many students hope to see a similar attraction for the Homecoming dance in the future.
Ultimately, South Forsyth High School’s 2021 Homecoming dance truly lit up the night with more than just LEDs. Student smiles illuminated the event as they had the time of their lives after long months of social distancing and cancelled plans.