Recap: FHS 2022-23


Photo by Clara Estan

In FHS’s first year back in school with (mostly) no masks, the school year has been packed with event after event, as school spirit overflows.

One of the most notable events of any high school experience would be this year’s homecoming, from the week of spirit rallies to the final game and dance on Diesner Field. This year, FHS’s homecoming spirit days were Minion Monday, Frat vs. Sorority Tuesday, On Wednesdays We Wear Pink, Thursday White Lies and World of Wonders Friday.

“I think the Homecoming spirit week was really good this year,” FHS senior Tanvi Panse said. “The themes were super creative and I think it got everyone really excited for homecoming.” 

Lined up on the homecoming court were: Shreya Suriya, Melissa Sandoval Lopez, Kami Osher, Naomi Nishikawa, Laura Martinez Carbajal, Taran Kondamuru, Nell Erez, Lauren Diesner, Ainsely Desousa and Abhi Guntaka. After the homecoming game against Woodside High School, Ainsely Desousa and Naomi Nishikawa were announced as homecoming royalty.

Heading into the winter season, FHS’s next big spirited events were for the Winter Formal, a dance that has been long awaited since the pre-COVID times. The Winter Formal was prepped with a week of spirit days, a rally and finally  the dance. Monday was Celebrity Day, Tuesday was Dress as Your Type, Wednesday was Jersey Day, Thursday was BBQ Dad vs. Soccer Moms Day and Friday was Class Color Day. The Winter Formal dance was held at Villa Ragusa in Campbell, following a stressful finals week. 

One of the most notable weeks for this year’s FHS history was the FHS Alumni celebration, the Hall Of Fame. During the Hall of Fame, FHS celebrated Regina Carbajal Legates, Susan Kerrigan Rynearson and Troy Tulowitzki.

“It was thrilling to meet a player of Mr. Tulowitzki’s caliber,” FHS senior varsity baseball player Patrick Bartido said. “It will be a moment I won’t forget.”  

This past month, FHS has been hosting its Senior and Junior Proms, both staples of the classic high school experience. Senior Prom was held on May 6 at the Corinthian Ballroom in downtown San Jose. Tickets were sold out for the beautifully-decorated venue which had many food and drink options provided. The seniors seemed to have thoroughly enjoyed their grand night out, decked out from sparkly, elegant dresses to finely tailored suits and tuxedos. 

“Senior Prom is probably one of the most fun nights for a senior,” FHS senior Nikita Kandlikar said. “After all the stress of school for the past four years, now we get to have the night of our life with our friends, from getting ready to all the partying.” 

Overall, this past school year was full of festive, unique events. As the school year wraps up, students can expect a senior goodbye rally and the graduation for the senior class of 2023!