The Homecoming Carnival


   The field was swarming with students of all grades as they wandered around, gazing at what the colorful booths ha

d to offer as music played in the background. The Homecoming Carnival took place for an hour during a combined lunch on October 8th. This followed the Homecoming Assembly, which was held during part of second period.

   Clubs were given the chance to sell food and drinks and to offer games during the carnival. “We are selling Gatorade for $1,” states Michael Moussa, the Model United Nations Club treasurer. “We know Quartz Hill is such a great school for athletes, and we knew it would be a hot day, so we decided to go with Gatorade. Right now, we are planning on spending the money to pay off our advisor who invested on the group. We would really like to repay him. Then, from there, we would use it for future trips and conferences.”

   Quetzali Garcia Cuamea, a senior in the Spanish Club states, “We sold assorted cups of fruit… It has been a tradition. [Members] years before have always sold fruit, so we wanted to keep it going. We are planning one of our first Day of the Dead dances, and we are going to use all of the profit to go into [the dance].” When asked what Spanish Club was, she proudly explained, “We try to get the Hispanic land and culture out there, and we have lots of parties and we get to know each other. We are like a big family.”

   Laura Pagliaro, the vice president of Kindness Club, an organization which strives to promote kindness an

d a positive atmosphere, says that they decided to sell games this year to provide students with something fun to do during the carnival. She said, “We are selling games for $0.50. You play the game and get a prize if you win. … We planned to use the profit towards Red Ribbon Week.”

   The food was extremely popular at the carnival as well. Long lines stood in front of food vendors, and most were sold out instantly. “I am most excited for the food!” declared Albert Wuelleh. “More specifically, I was looking for the pizza, but there was an unfortunate scenario in which it is all gone,” he said, disappointed. When asked

for a suggestion for next year, he responded, “[They need] absolutely more pizza, food, and everything. They just need more stands. I walked around for two seconds and everything was gone. … But apparently they have a wipeout course, so that is cool.”

   Students seemed to be excited for the Wipeout bounce house course that was implemented this year. Both David Butler and Zach Hargus, Quartz Hill 9th graders, said that was the f

eature of the carnival that they were the most excited for. There, darers attempted to dodge obstacles and clear the inflatable course. Many waited in line for the chance.

   Overall, students had fun walking around, playing games, dancing, eating food, and attempting Wipeout. Rachel Gagnon, a Quartz Hill senior, describes it best with one word: “Lit.”