Sifting through a pile of props, Rebecca Verderosa grabbed a masquerade mask and a pair of guitar-shaped blue sunglasses for her date and dragged him into the photo booth.
Leaning close together with their hands on their hips, the 17-year-old and her boyfriend David Zornes, 17, smiled for the camera sporting funky eyewear and colorful feather boas.
“It’s our last year of high school,” Verderosa said. “We wanted to make some memories.”
The couple was among the nearly 150 students who ate cotton candy, enjoyed Italian ices and danced the night away at William Floyd High School’s homecoming dance Friday night.
And the photo booth, which made its first appearance at the school that night, was a hit.
The DJ kept students like sophomore Cassidy Hughes, 15, and her boyfriend, junior Christopher Longo, 17, entertained on the dance floor.
“It’s our first dance together, so it’s special,” Hughes said. “And we both expected the dance to be lame, but it turned out to be fun.”
Just before the homecoming king and queen were crowned, senior Jacob Gonzalez, 19, took to the center of the dance floor and performed a rap song he wrote, “Born Ready.”
With his classmates surrounding him, waving their hands in the air and chanting, Gonzalez spit out the lines, “I juggle William Floyd, spice it up like it’s food to me.”
“I think I surprised a lot of people coming out here and singing to them,” he said. “The rap is a timeline of my life and William Floyd is a big part of that. I don’t care what people say. Some day, I’m gonna go to college and make a positive difference in the world.”
At the end of the night, students filed out of the gymnasium and into the auditorium to watch the crowning of homecoming queen and king: seniors Anissa Ash, 17, and Kevin Fox, 17.
“It was a complete shock,” said Ash, who is on the honor society. “It means so much. I’m still shaking. I love this school. If it weren’t for William Floyd I wouldn’t be the person I am today.”