On Friday, September 21st, Holliston High School held its annual Homecoming game and dance. This year’s event saw changes to its traditions in order to focus on inclusivity.
The Class of 2019 made the decision to change the homecoming court and superlative voting to no longer be based on gender. With this new style of voting, the two people in the senior class that received the most votes, regardless of their gender, could win a category.
Senior Class Secretary Margaret Young said in an email interview that the class officers changed the voting to “be more inclusive of everyone.”
In past years one boy and one girl won each of the superlatives and the homecoming court consisted of an equal number of boys and girls.
This year’s homecoming court which was announced during halftime of the football game was made up of seven girls and three boys. The court included Abha Athawale, Treasurer Madeline Cerulli, Griffin Delin, Vice President Scott Elliott, President William Flanagan, Grace Inman, Erin Kipp, Elisabeth Maki, Lauren Salley, and Young.
Young, Cerulli, Elliott, and Flanagan also changed, added, and took away some superlatives from previous years to be more inclusive.
“We really tried hard to get more people to win superlatives and ended up with a big variety of people so it was less [about] popularity and more [about] celebrating the people in our class,” said Young.
Young said that although some people liked the old way of voting, the class mostly received positive feedback.
Senior Grace Longee said she was surprised about the switch but thought it was “cool” to look at the grade as a whole and that gender “didn’t matter, we were all just people.”
Longee also liked this year’s theme which was glow in the dark/neon.
Young said, “we [class officers] put out a list of themes to our class Facebook page and people got to vote on the theme they liked best.”
Longee preferred the theme to previous years’ as more people got involved.
“I really liked it this year. It was really fun with the black lights and how everyone could make their own outfit. I liked so many different outfits that I would’ve never thought of,” said Longee.
Most Athletic: Jonny Paecht and Lauren Salley
Class Flirt: Gabriella Ramirez-Brodeur and Nick Diluzio
Most Spirit: Danielle Kiley and Sean Jewett
Most Likely to Return to Holliston: Danielle Kiley and Louis Barrett
Common Denominator: Will Flanagan and Anna Koeva
Most Huggable: Eliza Altobelli and Katherine Guccione
Most Likely to Win Survivor: Anna Siegel and Logan Brooks
Most Likely to Never Return to Holliston: Eva Porter and Kianna Bauer
Most Likely to be Famous: Scott Elliott and Alyssa Winn
Class Couple: Anna Koeva and Kelton Truscott
Worst Driver: Alexandra Panaggio and Lauren Salley
Best Hair: Sarah Winiker and Scott Elliott
Best to Bring Home: Madeline Cerulli and Christopher DeMarkey
Most Likely to Win a Nobel Prize: Hannah Magoon and Harsh Choudhary
Best Glow Up: Emerson Detering and Yavar Mehdipor
Most Optimistic: Christopher DeMarkey and Chloe Sweet
Class Thespian: Katherine North and Julia Giusti-Kizik
Best Smile: Kylie Warren and Joseph Whalen
Class Artist: Eva Porter and Joshua Cohen
Most Fun to be Around: Anthony Dzindolet and Eliza Altobelli
Most Mischievous: Francisco Dias and George Morant
Class Wanderer: Melanie Colman and Francisco Dias
Most Likely to Change the World: Madeline Cerulli and Harsh Choudhary
Best Eyes: Griffin Delin and Sarah Winiker
Two Peas in a Pod: Yavar Mehdipor and Griffin Delin
Class Musician: Anna Damigella and Katherine Guccione
Best Dressed: Grace Inman and William Flanagan