Welcome To the Cities: Winterfest

The performers were ecstatic, judges eagerly waited to see what the different classes creative dances were this year, and the overall crowd was ready to cheer on their peers.

This year’s Winterfest theme was CITIES.

Class of 2021’s dance was based off of the city of Los Angeles. Songs were “Another Day of Sun” from La La Land, “Apple Bottom Jeans” by T-Pain, “Never Going Broke” by HBK Gang, and “LA Love” by Fergie. Katelyn Huynh (9) reflects on her first experience preparing for Winterfest, “It was hard for everyone’s schedule to match up for practices. We had a very rough start, but we put in all the effort we possibly could to pull it off.”

Class of 2020’s dance was inspired by the city of Compton. The sophomores danced to “Legend” by Drake, “One Time Coming” by YG, and “Plain Jane” by A$AP Mob. Matthew Nguyen (10) shares, “Prepping for Winterfest was really stressful, especially trying to keep all of my class members in check, but overall we tried our best

and had fun while doing so. I’m so glad it paid off,” and Class of 2020 president, Red Badua states, “No matter the frustration and sweat we managed to have fun together, and our outcome was amazing!”

Class of 2019 swept the roaring crowd to the East Coast, with their dance based off the city of New York. The juniors danced to “Welcome to New York” by Taylor Swift, “Dimelo” by Snakehips, “Rockstar” by Post Malone, and “Magnolia” by Playboi Carti. Jeanette Nguyen (11) expresses, “Themes are tricky because choosing appropriate songs is tough, especially when you have to create choreography for it. Winterfest is more challenging than Homecoming because we have to put in more work, and finals are so close as well. Overall, it was really rewarding because of the friends I made that I now consider family.”

Finally, it was Class of 2018’s final Winterfest performance of their high school career. These seniors left everything on the stage as they presented the judges with their interpretation of the city of Honolulu — not before giving each judge some Hawaiian leis to wear, of course. They danced to “No Limit” by Usher and “Wild Thoughts” by Bryson Tiller and Rihanna. Jaws dropped as Allyza Cadiz (12) performed her upbeat solo, blowing the crowd away.“I would have to say that this Winterfest was one for the books!” Kassidy Kaumana (12) exclaims.  “It’s bittersweet knowing that this was our last time performing for Winterfest as a class, but hey – we’re one day closer to graduation.”

ASB also unveiled this year’s theme for the upcoming Sadies Dance, which is Cloud Nine! The nominees for Winterfest prince were Caitlin To (10), Timmie Ho (9), and Loc Vu (10). Princess nominees were Katherine Tran (11) and Kristen Collins (9). The nominees for Winterfest King are Chris Moreno, James Ownby, and Mishaun Monroe, and the Queen nominees were Frida Aguilar, Elena Lopez, and Savannah Do.

After watching his last Winterfest assembly as a senior, Peter Nguyen (12) expresses, “Seeing anything for the last time is always tough, but it gives me a sense of happiness because we are all still able to come together and have a great time.”

Every class did an amazing job with their memorable dance performances. What a way to kick off the new semester with an astounding, high-energy assembly!