Casino Night Homecoming Deals Fond Memories

Students play a game of poker provided by the Parents Association.

On the evening of October 23rd, Western Reserve Academy kicked off its annual homecoming dance. This year’s theme was “Casino Night.” The dance was preceded by many other traditions, including the hilarious homecoming video, which was shown at Morning Meeting a few weeks before. Spirit Week, another preceding tradition, included Monochrome Monday, Tropical Tuesday, “On Wednesdays We Wear Pink,” Pajama Thursday and students ended the week with their Halloween costumes. Classes competed to be the best-dressed on each day, making for a laid-back couple of weeks. “I was excited to show some senior class spirit, especially after the Freshman won Monday and Tuesday!” an energetic Katya Luchette ’22 stated.

On Homecoming night, the school buzzed with anticipation as students donned their best attire to prepare for the dance. Some stayed on campus while others headed downtown to grab dinner or take photos before the big night. Either way, the excitement was clear. As students made their way outside the MAC, they were met with a picturesque display of lights illuminating the lawn with bright decorations and a red carpet, matching this year’s Casino Night theme. The energy ramped up as more students began to enter, filling the dance. “It was my first Homecoming and an amazing experience that I got to share with my friends!” Riya Hegde ’25 recalls. With song choices like ABBA’s “Dancing Queen,” many students enjoyed their time as they danced the night away.

Due to WRA’s largely vaccinated student body, masks were optional for vaccinated individuals at the outdoor dance. This came as a relief for some and a surprise to others. However, WRA has been vigilant in decreasing the spread of COVID-19 throughout the community. This provides a positive outlook that more community gatherings may be held again.

By the end of the night, the lawn was packed with smiling students. It was evident that many were not ready to leave such a fantastic event. “They were the best two hours of my entire life!” Junior Class Officer Elba Heddesheimer ’23 exclaimed. The community thanks everyone who worked to make the event possible, including the volunteers, faculty, staff and students. This year’s Casino Night was an event to be remembered, and we look forward to another fun celebration next year.

 – Isabella Haslinger-Johnson ’25

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