Go Ray Ray!

By Trinity Pryor and Alyssa Dickerson

The great teen movies of the 1990s have a common factor: high school dances. The cliche is a bunch of teens dancing in what seems like a giant mosh pit. Rock music is playing in the background and everyone is jumping together with their heads nodding. In the past three years of high school, we thought this was just a thing of the past. No one jumps on each other or pushes people as a form of entertainment anymore… or so we thought.

On the evening of Saturday, September 22, we two girls from Thurston High School made our way up the steps of the University of Detroit Jesuit High School. We were surrounded by young men in expensive suit coats who pay thousands of dollars of tuition. Naturally, we expected these young fellows to dance like we do at Thurston, or even more calmly than us. Where we’re from, music is met with kids screaming the lyrics, dancing with the newest popular moves, and the occasional group circle . At UofD however, we were in for a totally different ride.

There was of course a select handful of kids we’d consider “Thurston High Schoool normal,” that’s because they danced how we were used to. However, less than 30 minutes into the dance, we saw a crowd surfing small boy who had to be just a mere sophomore. You read that right. Boys willingly picked him up and passed him over the heads of about 50 others until he finally was put back down 20 seconds later.

“Go Ray Ray, Go Ray Ray,” was the catchphrase of the night cheering on a boy who would dance in the middle of each circle and was the highlight of the whole dance. The dj cheered him on and would tell everyone to be “as hype as Ray Ray.” 

We began to wonder who our Ray Ray is at THS?

As we talked to the Student Senate president of U of D Jesuit, Edmund John Black lll, we got the scoop of how the dance was planned. Black put so much into the homecoming dance because this is currently their only formal of the school year.

“You’ve got to understand our Homecoming dance is pretty much our only school dance, besides prom of course (which is exclusive to seniors), so I suppose crowd-surfing underclassmen are to be expected,” said Black.

One thing that is a downer to U of D’s hoco is the fact that they don’t have a homecoming king or queen. It makes sense since it is an all boy school but you would think they would make some arrangements with their sister school, Mercy.

All in all, it is safe to say that U of D’s homecoming was a night to remember and was one of the most fun homecoming dances we have ever experienced.

And just so all of you know, we plan on going “Ray Ray” at Prom 2019.

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