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Sophomores and freshmen float while learning the ropes

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Harrison Balfour ’24
Students work on posters to hang up in the hallway.

For those who are unaware, float parties are hosted by each grade to build their homecoming float. Each party has snacks, art materials and good vibes. Attending float parties has more benefits than most underclassmen know.

Katie Barbour, a math teacher, assists in running the freshman class’s fairytale-themed float parties alongside English teacher, Katherine Parent.

“They should just show up because they can always find something to do and maybe make a new friend,” Barbour said. “It is good just to hang out with your classmates.”
Interacting with other students within the same grade is one of the major draws towards the parties. Jacob Peacock ‘26 attends his grade’s float parties for just that reason.

“I like the socializing and talking to other kids,” Peacock said. “I would try to get more people to go to the parties, they are more fun the more people that go.”

The more people who attend the parties, the grander, more detailed and better your grade’s float will be.

“I like talking to the students and seeing how creative they are,” Barbour said. “A lot of freshmen this year are drawing really excellent posters.”

Having a creative outlet for students to build their teamwork and cooperation skills is invaluable. Every grade gets to see the debut of their float in the Homecoming Parade before the game on Sept. 29th at 6pm. “I’ll be at the parade and the dance. Making sure people don’t sneak out” Barbour said.

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Harrison Balfour ’24, Supervising Photographer
If you happen to see Harrison outside of school, chances are he either has a skateboard beneath him or a camera in hand—possibly even both. As Supervising Photographer for the Tower this year, Balfour has a knack for finding and capturing the beautiful moments of everyday life, one that he hopes will someday land him a job with a newspaper publication. For now though, Tower is enough for Balfour, who sees it as an opportunity to tell unique stories and talk to people who have something to say.“I was always drawn to (Journalism),” Balfour said. “I like telling stories and talking to people-- I feel like I just like people.”When it comes to his journalistic work, however, nothing inspires Balfour more than photography.“I like taking photos (and) capturing a beautiful moment that can never happen again,” Balfour said. “It’s a one-time thing that only I saw and captured.”

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