Welcome back kicks off the school year

A group of students poses before going to the dance. Students often get groups together and dress up in unique costumes.
A group of students poses before going to the dance. Students often get groups together and dress up in unique costumes.

August 25 marked the annual Welcome Back Dance at Heritage, and like every year, a large turnout of students led to a festive start to the year.

By 8:30 the Student Center was packed, with groups in all sorts of costumes ranging from construction workers to basketball players.

Welcome Back sees a turnout from all of the grades, and they all have unique perspectives on what it’s like.

Taylor Nossaman ‘18 recalls her first experience with Welcome Back.

“I thought it was gonna be kinda lame like middle school dances were, but I was wrong.”

“It’s really sweaty and crowded but have learned not to mind it as much,” she adds.

Welcome Back is is known to reveal to  freshman that high school dances are nothing like middle school dances.

Kade Kurowski ‘21 discusses how even just planning for Welcome Back has changed his perspective,

“When we were talking about the turnout I was expecting 100 kids to come…the excitement and hype for the dances was unexpected and I loved it”.

Kurowski is one of many of the representatives from the leadership class that plans the dance every year. The leadership class consists of students from all 4 grades that are involved in student government.

“Planning for the dance was huge for me and now I understand the entire culture of Heritage”, Kurowski adds.

The Welcome Back dance thus represents one of the many ways that Heritage gets freshmen involved quickly once they start high school.

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