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Homecoming Hallways Multiply Movie Mania

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  • Attaching hand-painted banners to the hall outside of art classrooms, Sophia Huang ’24 executes NAHS’s vision for a Studio Ghibli themed hallway. NAHS members dedicated time and diligence into recreating elaborate scenes from popular Studio Ghibli films as part of their decorations.

  • Attaching a Shrek decoration to the wall, PIC Club members execute their Movie Mania-themed hallway. PIC Club used iconic phrases on posters and swamp-inspired decor to tie together their concept.

    Maddison Kennedy
  • Covering the E-wing hall in iconic South Asian movie posters, SASA members decorate for Homecoming. This year’s Homecoming week theme being “Movie Mania”, all upcoming festivities relate to cinema.

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On Friday, Oct. 6, clubs across campus brought Westwood’s hallways to life after school by decorating for Homecoming week. This year’s Homecoming week theme being “Movie Mania”, clubs decorated the areas outside of their sponsor’s classrooms based on movies relating to their clubs. Organizations were encouraged to maximize creativity: hallway decorations are to be judged and the clubs with the best concept and execution will be named first, second, and third places.

“Our [hallway] theme is Legally Blonde and our inspiration is empowerment for women in business [and] law,” Generation She officer Harshadha Chaganti ‘25 said. 

Many organizations picked a specific movie to base their decorations around. Gender and Sexuality Alliance’s (GSA) theme this year was based on the movie Nimona, a queer fantasy movie about individuality, identity, and acceptance. Their decorations included references to the movie such as a suspect wall with drawings of the officers and cutouts of stylized swords. 

“My favorite part [of hall decorating] is making all the decorations to put up,” GSA Secretary Abi Caudle ‘26 said. “We made a suspect wall, and it’s gonna be very cute.”

National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) derived inspiration for their hallway decorations from The Super Mario Bros. Movie, featuring hand-drawn images of characters from the movie, as well as references to a prominent setting in the series: Rainbow Road. 

“Super Mario is all ‘techy’ and has a ton of different types of characters,” NTHS Vice President Ayushi Merchant ‘24 said, “kinda like [how] NTHS is a group of different, creative types of people.” 

Hallway decorations not only introduced festivity to Westwood’s halls, but they also united students and encouraged bonding within clubs. Despite the competition aspect, many clubs enjoyed the process of putting up decorations.

“This is my first time [decorating the hallway], but I really like collaborating with other people to make the place look nicer,” South Asian Student’s Association (SASA) member Anoushka Basu ‘27 said. 

With a tight deadline, students had until 6:00 p.m. to finish decorating their hallways. Student Council will be judging and announcing the winners of the hallway decorations on Friday, Oct. 13.

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Sabareesh Dinakaran
Class of 2025 I love writing and playing music, drawing and Pokemon. I am also a member of Garageband and Color Guard.
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Class of 2026 Hi! I'm super excited to be on Student Press this year, and I look forward to working with everyone. In my free time, I like reading, listening to music, hiking, theatre, and being with my friends.
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Class of 2024 I just moved to Westwood from San Marcos and am proud to say I am in Student Press. I am excited to meet everyone and uncover new stories. I enjoy listening to music and binge watching TV. I also love hanging out with my friends and family.

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