While the Port Townsend High School Homecoming Assembly Sept. 21saw the senior class predictably sweeping almost all the competition categories, they were given a surprisingly strong run for their money by the sophomore class.
In the lip-sync competition, the juniors came in fourth with their performance of Shirley Ellis' “The Name Game,” while the freshmen came in third with their rendition of Smash Mouth's “All Star,” but the sophomores elicited cheers for their acrobatic delivery of Daddy Yankee's “Gasolina.”
The seniors did not limit themselves to one song, pulling instead from a popular selection ranging from “Misirlou” by Dick Dale and His Del-Tones, made famous by Quentin Tarantino's “Pulp Fiction,” to Queen's “We Will Rock You,” employing a light show and confetti guns in the process.
This exact same ranking — juniors fourth, freshmen third, sophomores second and seniors first — repeated itself when the panel of adult judges was asked to grade the amount of school spirit in the cheers of each class, and only varied slightly — freshmen fourth, juniors third, sophomores second and seniors first — when those same judges evaluated these classes' respective posters.
The one competition where seniors did not place first, or even second, was the multi-course race calling upon homecoming royalty couples to pop three balloons between each other's chests, drag themselves across the gymnasium floor on toilet plungers and wrap one another up in toilet paper, mummy-style.
The staff homecoming king and queen of PTHS Football Coach Patrick Gaffney and Associated Student Body Secretary Samantha Massie won that race handily.
Gaffney and Massie were crowned alongside freshman prince Jerome Reaux and princess Abigail Marquez, sophomore prince Aidan Halpin and princess Cyan Adams, and junior prince Kesem Coggins and princess Rajana Darrington.
The senior class awarded crowns to two sets of princes and princesses — Jaden Watkins and Margeaux Manuel, followed by Nico Winegar and Jules Short — before coronating King Bodie LaBrie and Queen Hannah Germeau and awarding Keegan Nordstrom the jester's cap.
Before all four classes linked arms to sing in honor of their alma mater, the cheerleaders lived up to the 1980s theme of the event by donning neon leg warmers and high-kicking to a selection of ‘80s tunes including Toni Basil's “Mickey,” Joan Jett's “I Love Rock 'n' Roll,” Bon Jovi's “You Give Love a Bad Name” and Cyndi Lauper's “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.”