by ERIC GUZMAN
Renaissance will host the fall rally and Winter Formal Nov. 21 and Dec. 13, respectively.
The theme of the first rally this year will be based on popular television shows, with students following a sleeping child in his dreams as he takes part in parodies of popular television shows.
“The theme provides us with many different options and ideas,” said Kristi Kayoda, senior Renaissance member. “By making many allusions to popular TV shows, we hope to connect with students in ways we’ve never done before.”
Students must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 in the first quarter grade report to qualify to attend the rally. It will feature live performances from drill, cheer and dance, as well as videos created by Renaissance members.
Two rallies will be held to accommodate the large number of students attending. The rally for freshmen and sophomores will take place during second period, while the rally for juniors and seniors will take place during all of third period and part of fourth period. As a result, all juniors and seniors will have second lunch.
“The first rally of the year is usually smaller than the second rally. This year we want to change that by making first rally just as big as the second rally,” said Raelene McDermott, senior Renaissance member. “We want to recognize as many students as possible, from those that perform well in school to those that perform well in sports, and everyone in between.”
Formal will have the theme, “An Enchanted Evening.” Prices will start at $55 for singles with USB and $60 for singles without USB. Prices increase by $10 starting Dec.1. Guest passes for students from another school will be available at the student store and are due Nov. 21.
Formal will be held at the Santa Anita Race Track in the Paddock Gardens and Sirona’s Sports Bar, which offer unobstructed views of the San Gabriel Mountains. Depending on the weather, Formal will be held outside with students entering the dance via horse-drawn carriages.
“Carriage rides give students the feeling of being a prince or princess, as well as providing a much more romantic mood,” said John Chaides, senior Renaissance member.
Nominations for the Formal king and queen will be held Nov. 13 and 14, and voting will take place Nov.19. The top five candidates will be announced Nov. 21 during the Renaissance rally.