The seniors showed them how it's done.
Experience won out, despite an earnest freshman class effort, in last week's Homecoming Week inter-class competition.
The freshmen topped the pie-eating contest, but the seniors shone in the Dress-Up days and hallway decorations. The Class of 2002 prevailed in week-long scoring, with 975 points to the juniors' 730, sophomores' 680, and ninth-graders' 620.
Hundreds of students competed during Homecoming Week events as a way to generate school spirit. The week culminated in Saturday's dance, attended by 600 students.
For Dress-Up Days, the highlights were pajamas day and '80s day.
"There was a lot of spandex and eye-shadow," senior Lesley Tamura said of '80s day.
In the float competition, sophomores and juniors tied for first and freshmen took second. The floats went on display at Friday's parade in the Heights.
The juniors prevailed in the much-awaited air guitar competition, in which costumes, antics and props accompany medleys of tape rock-n-roll music. The juniors paid tribute to dead musicians ranging from Frank Sinatra to Nirvana. The staff took second, followed by the seniors.
The juniors also raised the most money in the week-long coin drive for American Red Cross, with $173. (See related story, this page.)
The hall-decorating event gave the seniors a chance to out-decorate their youngers and display plenty of patriotism at the same time. They chose the theme of "Red White and Blue."
"We put flyers on lockers saying "American pride," and there was a large picture of a peace sign -- blue with gold stars and red and white stripes," Tamura said. "We got a lot of compliments on that." Students also created a 9-11-01 banner, and signs with the names of all 50 states.
The freshmen took second with their theme of Outer Space.
"The freshmen did really well for taking second. They usually take last," Tamura said.
Wednesday night brought the annual bonfire -- a smaller pile of wood was allowed this year because of fire concerns -- and games at Henderson Stadium. The juniors won the pie-eating contest, the seniors won the truck-pushing contest, as well as the tug-of-war and a relay in which contestants ran to the middle of the field, knelt and turned a baseball bat 360 degrees -- with their noses.
As Tamura put it, "it was a very eventful full week, and now everyone's exhausted."