Seniors’ hard work, confidence results in Air Guitar victory

As happens nearly every year, the senior class at Hood River Valley High School won the coveted Homecoming Air Guitar competition.

This year, intern Katie Tolbert observed the Class of 2013 practices, in which the participants displayed a level of confidence that was borne out in Thursday’s win.

Tobert noted, “Now the class can begin their last year with a victory, which was well deserved.”


It’s fall and the excitement of Homecoming is filling the air at Hood River Valley High School.

One of the many things the students had been preparing for is Air Guitar — the fierce battle of dance, spirit and creativity between classes.

The Class of 2013 had been preparing for its final Air Guitar performance and to go out with a bang. The performance was composed of a variety of songs from Michael Bublé to AC/DC; it features the new dance hit from Korea, “Gangnam Style.”

Throughout the performance there was a small skit about the new kid (Ty Bofferding) asking a girl (Claire Rawson) to homecoming, who is helped out by the Eagle (Ryan Colesar).

The routine featured a group of people forming a “13,” a human rollercoaster, and even a touching monologue before a graduation scene.

When asked about what makes this presentation better than current years, senior Travis Monahan commented, “because our class is awesome and we’re like a big family. There are no cliques going on at all.”

With one last year to perform the pressure is on but fellow senior Jessica Wagar, who helped choreograph one of the girl’s dances, takes a different view on the subject: “Well, there’s not really any pressure but it’s really depressing.”


At practice, when about 50 kids in the Commons area showed up, rehearsals began. Since there were only about five guys there at the time, the girls began to learn one of their dances to “Haven’t Met You Yet,” by Michael Bublé. It was surprising how organized and on top of it they were; the girls were barely missing a beat. After a few tries, they starting picking it up and got the hang of it.

Then when more guys started to show up, they began to practice their dances to “Gangnam Style,” by PSY and “Get’cha Head in the Game,” by the High School Musical cast. Not to be taken too seriously, these were a comical mix of dance and pure style. While the guys were working on their dances, the girls moved on and worked on their second dance to “Back in Black,” by AC/DC.

With homecoming being moved up a week, some would think that this would affect the seniors in a negative way but it seemed everyone was cool with the adjustment.

“Yes, I think we had enough time,” Haden Miller said. “We started planning in late August and a few weeks ago people started planning our rehearsals. It got modified over and over again but in the end the finished product is pretty good.”

“We were used to it, in previous years it had been bumped so we knew what we were coming in to,” added senior McKenna Sullenger.

The running time for the seniors’ performance was 17 minutes. Sullenger thinks it is the “perfect” length of time. Even with the lack of time and multiple dances, this class was more than confident that they would win.

During practice, when asked if they had any competition, the responses were “no,” “not at all” and even a burst of laughter at the thought of the seniors losing this year’s Air Guitar.

Their efforts showed the seniors have been dedicated and have worked hard on their performance.

They had put in so much effort on a daily basis for this and it slightly mirrors with their high school experience. Getting up, going to class and getting good grades; things that they have done over and over while getting better at it each time.

Senior Diego Ybarra says, “Air Guitar is one of the biggest performances at the high school. Everyone should get involved and it’s such a good experience; you really start to make new friends. It’s indescribable.”

After all the hard work, the senior class of 2013 came out victorious on Thursday’s Air Guitar event.

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