Homecoming 2021 features various attractions and varsity wins


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Head Fanatics pose by the bleachers while they cheer on the football team against Mary Star of the Sea High School.

Chloe Park

The school community celebrated Homecoming on Ted Slavin Field on October 2. This year’s homecoming involved the traditional festivities organized by the school, Parents Association and various student groups.

The Wolverines went undefeated in all athletic games with girls varsity field hockey besting Marina High School, boys varsity water polo emerging victorious against Newport Harbor High School, girls varsity volleyball defeating Providence High School, girls junior varsity volleyball beating Bishop Diego High School and the night culminating in the football team’s 27-10 defeat of Mary Star of the Sea High School.

Running back Aaron Milburn ’24 said playing in front of his home crowd was gratifying.

“Even though I did not get to go on any rides or play the carnival games, from what I could tell, it seemed really fun, and it was nice to see the whole student body unified on campus in person again,” Milburn said. “I also had a great time playing in the football game and representing the Harvard-Westlake Wolverines.”

Attendees exchanged tickets for access to various games

The event opened to guests at 2 p.m. and had popular attractions including a ferris wheel, western obstacle course, drop zone slide and LED rock wall.

Attendees were also able to choose from a selection of food and drink such as In-N-Out, boba, donuts, shaved ice, Korean barbecue, French crepes and pad thai provided by the affinity groups and Parents Association volunteers.

Parents Association Homecoming Co-Chair Kristin Meyer (Max ’25) said she was pleased with the event’s turnout.

“Homecoming 2021 knocked it out of the park with so many members of the Harvard-Westlake community coming out to support the teams and participate in the festivities,” Meyer said. “We were amazed by the sheer magnitude of the crowds lining up for tickets and we loved the variety of foods offered by the affinity groups. We had to try them all. Homecoming is such a special event because it brings our community together to celebrate our school and support our athletes, and it serves as a reminder that we are all part of the same Harvard-Westlake family.”

Junior Prefect Simon Lee ’23 said he was glad that the community was back together again at the event.

“I think it was great to see the whole community back together again, especially after COVID-19 guidelines prevented Homecoming from happening last year, and it honestly made me really happy to see everyone just having fun,” Lee said. “I am so excited that we are all back and can celebrate as one big community again.”