Warrior Pride and SunDancers Bond at Homecoming Breakfast

By Srilekha Cherukuvada, Heritage Copy Editor, Horizon Weekly Editor

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  • Srishti Kannan '21 picks up strawberries to eat with her breakfast. This is her second year of being a member of Warrior Pride. "I'm really thankful for the moms that made this breakfast happen because after the rehearsal I felt lightheaded, but [after eating] I felt a lot better," Kannan said.

  • Warrior Pride and SunDancers socialize in the dance hallway while eating breakfast. Both dance teams dance together only for the Homecoming production, so they took this opportunity to bond and get to know each other better.

  • Shannon Chao '20 enjoys her taco after the SunDancer and Warrior Pride morning rehearsal. She has been on Warrior Pride since her sophomore year. "[The rehearsal] was really tiring but fun [and] it was really cool to see everyone dancing together," Chao said.

  • Students go through the breakfast line after their morning rehearsal. Parent volunteers brought many food items such as fresh fruits, breakfast tacos, and drinks for the dancers to eat.

  • SunDancer Ellen Wiemann '20 gets a taco from the breakfast line. Dancers had just finished their practice and were eager to eat breakfast. “The food was really good and it was nice to have something to bond over because we don't usually get to spend time with [Warrior Pride]," Wiemann said.

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After a long and exhausting early rehearsal, SunDancers and Warrior Pride members huddled along the long table in the dance hallway to fill up on breakfast food at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24. 

“I think it’s great that so many people volunteered and put in their effort for this breakfast,” Warrior Pride dancer Srishti Kannan ‘21 said. “I think everyone worked really hard [in the morning rehearsal] and the dance teachers did a really good job at choreographing and I’m excited to perform. The breakfast was really refreshing after the long, tiring rehearsal.”

There was a myriad of different food items offered by volunteer parents, including a large selection of breakfast tacos, fruit, juices, and coffee. After changing into their school clothes, students lined up eager to eat after a draining, yet very successful practice.

“The breakfast was really nice because we got to bond with the Warrior Pride kids and just hang out with each other. I’m looking forward to performing in the parade and pep rally, if there’s no rain,” Sundancer Jessica Hao ‘22 said. “Since I’m a rookie and we didn’t have a parade last year, it’s my first time being a part of it and it’s just really exciting because it’s outside and my first time.”

The breakfast was held to not only bring together the SunDancers and Warrior Pride members, but also as a part of Homecoming festivities. It has become a well-known tradition that every year at the pep rally and the game, Warrior Pride and SunDancers perform together on the field. After the lengthy practices in the morning for those performances, the students got to enjoy a delicious breakfast, energizing them for the long day ahead.

“We have practice in the mornings starting at 7 a.m. It’s early, but it’s really fun and the girls always do great and we do breakfast on Thursday and Friday,” Warrior Pride and SunDancer teacher Ms. Jessica Steedley said. “They’ll both perform separate dances in the pep rally tonight and I think it’ll be a lot of fun; they’re going to look really good. They only have two practices together to make it happen [for the game] and so it’s a quick turnaround, but they always do really well.” 

Warrior Pride members and the SunDancers will be performing on Friday, Oct. 25, for the Homecoming game during halftime.