Making it impossible to say no

To ask Marlyn Leon, 12, to Homecoming, Alejandro Jaramillo, 12, waits with his friend, Eric Lopez, 11 ,on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at the quad. “I thought it was really funny because we used to call him Tarzan because he had long hair, it was kind of an inside joke,” Leon said, “I couldn’t believe he actually climbed a tree.”

Sara Cabrera, Writer/ Copy Editor

Students have come up with a variety of ways to ask their crushes, boyfriends, or girlfriends to Homecoming, which will be held on Oct.27 at the Rio Hondo Country Club. Since the beginning of October, there has been a mass amount of balloons and flowers with crowds of people gathering around posters and signs looking to see what all the excitement is about and who is being asked. There have even been shirtless members of sports teams with the letters painted on their chests spelling out homecoming.

“I think this year people are getting more creative and [more] unique than ever in asking people to Homecoming,” Arianna Rodriguez, 11, said.

One specific moment that stood out to Rodriguez is when she saw Alejandro Jaramillo, 12, sitting in a tree next to someone in a big gorilla suit, holding a poster, asking Marlyn Rodriguez, 12, to Homecoming. She said that she found that to be very amusing and quite different.

“I thought it was really funny, because we call him Tarzan as a joke, since he use to have really long hair in the 8th grade,” Rodriguez, 12, said. “It was like an insider. I couldn’t stop laughing and couldn’t believe he actually did that.”

Another way of asking, which was less extreme but just as heartfelt, was when senior Roberto Salazar decided to ask his girlfriend, senior cheerleader Melissa Garcia, to Homecoming after the Gahr vs. Downey game. They have been dating for almost four years, and while they were still on the field, Salazar had the entire football team call out Garcia’s name and hold up a poster that said “Melissa, Homecoming? – Robert, I love you” written on it.

“She had to have something nice, so I wanted to do it in front of everyone,” Roberto Salazar said. “I was so nervous and anxious thinking ‘Oh my gosh, I can’t believe that I am doing this in front of everyone’.”

Knowing how much his girlfriend Daisy Serrano loves pink and Hello Kitty, Seth Gonzalez made sure to decorate a poster asking Serrano to homecoming with plenty of her favorite colors and a girl Hello Kitty representing her and a male one representing him.

“I was really nervous and shaking afterwards,” Gonzalez said, “I had no idea whether she was going to say yes or no.”

This year, more girls are also starting to take control and ask their boyfriends or crushes to Homecoming, verses waiting for the boy to make the first move. Andrea Garcia, 12, asked her boyfriend Jorge Reyna, 10, after the football game vs. Gahr. Garcia had a last minute plan, but she needed to ask both her and Reyna’s coaches for permission to execute it. Once she got the okay from the coaches she had ASB make her signs and her friend pick up balloons. Towards the end of the game, Garcia went to see if Reyna’s mom would allow her to take his little sisters with her to ask him to Homecoming. At the end of the game, as he was coming towards the band to do the Alma Mater, she asked him in front of the crowd.

“To be honest, I was thinking, ‘This boy better say yes’,” Garcia said.  “He already said that he did not want to go, so I am going to do it in front of a lot of people so that he can’t say no.”

Mollie Beemer, 11, is another cheerleader who decided to ask her boyfriend Royce Bullard to the dance. Beemer said it took her a week to figure out how she was going to ask him, but she finally came up with the idea of asking him at the Gahr game. She purchased five balloons with a letter on each one that spelled out his name.

She hid the balloons and the poster underneath a chair while he was watching the game and she was cheering. Between the first and second quarter she had five of her fellow cheerleaders each hold a balloon as she prepared to ask Royce the big question, but when she looked in the bleachers he was gone. Beemer had someone call his phone and found out that he was out buying nachos. Bullard was asked to come back right away because Mollie needed him, and when he did, he saw the balloons and heard all five cheerleaders yell out in unison, “Royce will you go to Homecoming with Mollie?” while Beemer held up her poster.

“I was pretty excited and happy,” Bullard said. “I was so surprised and not expecting that at all, especially, because I thought she was waiting for me to ask her, which I was planning to.”

With all the time, effort, and creativity that was put into asking their crushes, boyfriends, or girlfriends, October 27 will surely be a night to remember. Students continue to show that with a little bit of hard work, and some heart, they are able to make homecoming one of high school’s most memorable events.