Dougherty Valley’s Homecoming Dance enhances spirit, community among students

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  • Ambient colored lights transform the auxiliary gym into a dance floor.

  • Three guests color-coordinate their silent disco headphones in order to listen to the same soundtrack in sync.

  • A group of friends at the photo booth eagerly await their selfies.

  • Various food trucks line the campus, offering quick bites and refreshing drinks to guests.

  • Wearing dresses, button-ups and other formal wear, guests relish the opportunity to spend time with friends at the Homecoming dance.

  • Taking a break from dancing, three students chat and check their phones.

  • Dougherty Valley students flock to the energy-filled main gym to dance, sing and mosh to the invigorating music.

  • Four smiling Dougherty Valley juniors pose at the photo booth, one of the most popular attractions of the night.

  • Against the backdrop of the auxiliary gym, students don headphones to enjoy the silent disco.

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An electric atmosphere took over campus on Sept. 25 as Dougherty Valley held its first Homecoming Dance since the return to in-person learning. Organized with a Pixar theme by the school’s leadership class, the gyms were completely transformed with lights and decorations for the highly anticipated event. Including nine food vendors, a photo booth, game truck, silent disco and more, the dance proved to be a much-needed respite from the monotony of academic life.