A Storybook Affair: Benedictine Celebrates Homecoming 2011

Students danced the night away at this year’s Homecoming Dance, which was held at Maggiano’s in Naperville.

By Liz Randerson
Published: Tuesday, October 11, 2011

BenU’s sold out Homecoming dance was a fairy tale-themed event Saturday night.  The dance took place at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Naperville and had a theme of “A Knight to Remember.”

“I enjoyed it and had a good time. The dancing was my favorite part,” said alumnus Andy Chen.

While dinner was wrapping up, some students began moon walking to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”.  Once plates were cleared it was time for everyone to hit the dance floor.  The DJ played upbeat top 100 hits and old-school songs like “Cotton-Eyed Joe,” “I Want it That Way” and the “Electric Slide.”

Senior Alex Oles said the food was an essential part of the night: “An event like a dance is not complete without good food.” He commented that the apple crostada dessert was his favorite part of the meal.

“That was the best homecoming ever!” stated BenU student Noel Duckworth.

“I was so happy that everyone who came told me that they had a blast,” Programming Board President Leah Vercelli said.  “It was an unbelievable night. I couldn’t have asked for a better senior homecoming. I am so proud of the Programming Board for a job well done!”

Guests danced until 12 a.m. when the “fairy tale” came to an end.

Non-alcoholic beverages were available to all guests and there was a cash bar.

Mozzarella sticks, bruschetta and bread were some the appetizers offered while guests waited for dinner to be served.  Dinner consisted of a five-course meal. Guests enjoyed salad, bread and butter, and a pasta dish of lasagna, eggplant, or spaghetti. For dessert tiramisu and apple crostada were offered.

Homecoming King Eric Taylor poses with Homecoming Queen Leah Vercelli.