Going into Homecoming this year, officers from the Class of 2022 looked for ways to improve their organization and focused on preparing for their skit early on. One way they hoped to achieve better organization was by adapting a new form of leadership called “Hoco Heads,” inspired by a similar leadership style from Lynbrook HS. Under this system, class officers sent out a Google form calling for fellow peers to apply for a “Hoco Head” position — roles including dance heads (choreographers), script heads, backdrop heads and costume heads.
Sophomore Ronit Avalani, the Class of 2022’s social manager, says the class office first heard of the “Hoco Heads” idea at a bonding event with 2022 class officers from Cupertino HS and LHS last summer. This year, the Class of 2022 implemented the system and Avalani says it has been incredibly effective.
“We think [Hoco Heads] is a great idea, [as] the small group of individuals who are in charge of certain things during Homecoming [take] a lot of stress off of class officers,” Avalani said. “At the same time, it allows the class to be more involved and feel like they’re part of something bigger.”
According to LHS Class of 2022 secretary Michelle Zhu, the new leadership style fosters collaboration between all performers and planners, thereby benefiting all parties involved in the skit-making process.
“One big thing we took away from [MVHS] was definitely how they do fundraisers,” Zhu said. “We definitely got some great ideas from them like selling food at school, doing two fundraisers at a time or planning in advance. We also have been using this interdistrict bond to our advantage as well.”
MVHS Class of 2022 treasurer Madeline Choi explains that the idea of Hoco Heads has brought together numerous talented students to participate in Homecoming and play a larger role in the skit. In addition, Choi says that most of the appointed heads took their roles seriously and faced little difficulty adapting to their new responsibilities.
“We felt like a lot of [our] class wanted to be integrated more so we were like, ‘You know what, let’s just let them be in charge,’” Choi said. “People barely slacked off and then when we messaged them, ‘Hi, are you okay with the schedule,’ they were like, ‘Oh, I’m sorry,’ and immediately [went] back on to [working], so I feel like it’s worked really well.”
Sophomore Lydia Lu, the girls dance Hoco Head, says these roles involved a lot more than just choreographing a dance or painting a backdrop — it also involved dedication and effort. Dance heads were expected to promote and participate in all Homecoming activities.
“Since we’re guiding them throughout [Homecoming] week because of the dance, they kind of look up to us,” Lu said. “So it’s more responsibility than just guiding people throughout the dance — it’s guiding people throughout the week.”
Choi explains how Hoco Heads manage all the nuances of 2022’s Homecoming preparations, from small aspects of the skit to class office’s macromanagement. Communication between class office and each Hoco Head was essential to the success of this new leadership form.
Both Avalani and Choi, if re-elected for class office next year, plan to use this strategy again because of how much both the class office and the Hoco Heads themselves have gained from this experience. They believe that the plan is not only stress-relieving but also a way to encourage members of their class to participate in Homecoming spirit and activities.
“This is something I think we want to continue for the remaining years because it is so beneficial and it relieves so much stress from us,” Avalani said. “We don’t need to worry as much because we have other people taking care of things for us and keeping us up to date. As class office, having five people take care of so much work for Homecoming is a lot.”
However, even though the schools only collaborated for Homecoming at the moment, Zhu explains that the Class of 2022 is planning on creating more events to bring the schools in the district together.
“We’re planning to have an interdistrict event,” Zhu said. “We haven’t solidified what it is going to be in the future. But it’s either going to be a carnival or social to really help you get from other schools bond with each other and really just show our 2022 spirit.”