Friday, October 17th, marked the end of the Homecoming competition for our GU houses, with each Brother-Sister hall performing a dance routine to a certain cinematic theme. This was the 30th annual airband competition, which has become a favorite Graceland tradition for many staff, students, and alumni. As with years prior, students outshined themselves, with intricate dance numbers, original costumes, eye catching props, and the occasional tumbling routine. The true ability and athleticism of students, not to mention hard work and dedication, paid off, with another great year of performances.
First up were Powell and Sariah, with their very convincing rendition of Mary Poppins, which included a group of dirty chimney sweepers and a giant spoon full of sugar. Next were Faunce and Dimora with the playful theme of Shrek. Agape and Hanthorne followed with a personal favorite – The Incredibles, where Devin Williams became an instant crowd pleaser as the ever fitting Frozone. And if you didn’t see William’s interpretation of Janet Jackson last year at Big Man on Campus, let me just tell you, he can dance! Tiona and Paloma swept the judges with Forrest Gump, followed by Beauty and the Beast performed by Aponivi, Khiyah, and Closson. The Solah/Stewart Manor duo pulled off Peter Pan, where Junior Jacob Sotlis sported long grey locks and a pirate hat, portraying the perfect Captain Hook. Wrapping up the night, Cheville and Amici gave us a scream with Monsters Inc, and Shalom/Orion took us back to the day of leather jackets and hand jives by performing Grease.
Each performance of the night contained a mix of solo work and group numbers, which had been planned, practiced, and rehearsed for weeks prior. It is no doubt that students had to make a big commitment while participating but most would rate the experience as worth it. Cheville Sophomore Webber Bennett explains: “We probably practiced every other day for two hours each. It was very time consuming.” But overall he enjoyed his experience and when asked if he would participate again next year, he responded without hesitation, “I will for sure do it again.”
After quick deliberation, the top placing routines were Grease and Beauty and The Beast tied for 3rd, The Incredibles for 2nd, and Forest Gump for 1st. All the halls did well however, and their energies and efforts were appreciated. Congratulations on another successful homecoming week GU!