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Air Guitar brings smiles to Foothill students before finals begin

Taylor Schmidt
On the sunny day of May 24, 2024, students gathered in the Foothill Technology High School’s (Foothill Tech) quad, from the early hours of sunrise, eager for the performances awaiting them during the annual Air Guitar. Hosted by the Associative Student Body (ASB), Air Guitar is an event that is looked forward to not just by students, but also teachers and staff alike. This year’s performances consisted of singing, traditional dance and many tributes and references to MLF. Overall with student acts, the teacher act and the wide range of food to purchase during the food fair, Air Guitar was enjoyed by all this year. The picture above shows Jaylean Hernandez ‘24 who never fails to draw in a crowd and impress everyone with her traditional Folklorico dancing.

The week from May 20 to May 24, 2024, was a new spirit week for Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) with the theme“The Greatest Showman” leading the way to the annual Air Guitar production. 

Saanvi Joshi, Jenna Ostrom and Fiona Aulenta

These spirit days consisted of Million Dreams Monday, Tour Merch Tuesday, Circus Wednesday, Cannot Be Tamed Thursday and This Is Me Friday. The themed days culminated to Air Guitar, hosted on May 24, 2024, which students anticipated the whole week.

The preparation for the spirit week and  Air Guitar was all done by the Associated Student Body (ASB). Air Guitar coordinator, Lauren Fossati ’25, described how the whole of ASB chose the theme for this exciting week through decorations and concepts that related to “The Greatest Showman.” 

Fossati said, “We picked the theme of the greatest showman relating back to our movies and TV theme relating back to the whole year … for spirit week it was inspired by the different songs [in the movie.]”

In the midst of Air Guitar, no one was allowed to leave campus without a parent’s note. Whilst stuck on campus until the end of the event, students then had the option to buy certain food tickets for the food faire in support of school clubs and programs before and during the event. Also before the event, students placed their blankets and chairs around the stage, claiming their respective spots that many students showed up early to get.

I think it’s fun for people to wake up early, get to school early and hangout with their friends all day.”

— Lauren Fossati ‘25

Mia Bacigalupi ‘26 said, “I like spirit week because it brings the school together like a whole community and everyone is super excited for it, especially Air Guitar when people are coming here at like 5 [a.m.] in the morning to get spots … what I’m most excited about spirit week is Air Guitar, I think it’s really cool especially when teachers come and perform.”

Preparation for Air Guitar began long before the event itself, Fossati added insight about the  early auditions for Air Guitar, stating, “I started really working on it in January so I set up the auditions … we had two weeks of auditions, it was me and five other people who watched them and then we talked about it and decided on the best ones and let them know [if they could perform.]”

Since Air Guitar is held during the last weeks of school, some students view it as a great final hooray to the school year, especially for the seniors. Dragons see it as a way for them to have one final thing to enjoy before finals come. 

The seventh act consisted of Kloey Juarez ’26 amazing the crowd with her voice. She sang the challenge song “Skyfall” by Adele and did not disappoint. On the stage, she displayed passion and courage with the help of a small group of students supporting her from the audience wearing t-shirts and making posters. (Taylor Schmidt)

Zac Crist ‘24 stated, “I think it’s a great way for the school to get excited and have a fun last couple days and weeks of school to come together and enjoy something together.” Crist added, “I think it’s really fun to watch and see everyone perform and I love the spirit week because it’s a fun way to participate as well.”

As students sat in the quad, they were met with circus posters and streamers in the railings to help get them in the Air Guitar spirit. Before Air Guitar was hosted, students had the option of purchasing pizza and ice cream in the parking lot and other snacks and beverages from the food faire in the back of the quad, but this all ended as Air Guitar started. As air Guitar started, there were two hosts, Leo Pankratz ’24 and Nisha Reddy ’24, one was dressed up as a bearded lady and the other as a ringmaster, characters inspired by “The Greatest Showman” theme. 

Air Guitar hosted 11 performances and one surprise performance at the end by teachers Cheri Eulau, Claire Adams and Heather Ferris. The last two events were the most exciting to students, where they were saying goodbye to the seniors and to Cheri Eulau, a long time teacher at Foothill Tech. The final winners of Air Guitar were Gabriel and Natalie, who performed “Hallelujah” with a keyboard guitar and live singing.


  1. Brianna Atnip – Solo Singer – “The Ballad of Mona Lisa” by Panic at the Disco
  2. Wyatt Mesker – Solo Singer – Medley
  3. Daniel Franco and Pape Crown – Duet Guitar and Singing
  4. Corey Duhs, Jacob Hatler and Hunter Stachurski – Band – “First date” by blink 182
  5. Josiah Rodriguez – Solo – “Cherry Wine” by Hozier 
  6. Jaylean Hernandez – Folklorico Dance
  7. Kloey Juarez – Solo – “Skyfall” by Adele
  8. Jack Marshall, Sam Arengburg and Mikey Mercado – Band – “Metro” by System of a Down
  9. Gabriel Takaya and Natalie Schermer – Keyboard and Singing –  “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen
  10. Jasmine Sanchez, Jadyn Kenefake, Emma Olson and Eden Billings – Band – “Can’t Catch Me Now” by Olivia Rodrigo
  11. Evangelista Cobos – Solo – “Careless Whisper” by George Michael
  12. Cheri Eulau, Claire Adams and Heather Ferris – Teacher’s act – “Bye Bye Bye” by *NSYNC

By the end of the afternoon, students of Foothill Tech walked away with smiles on their faces, and pride in their school, ready to prepare for the end-of-year finals coming their way.

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Aubrey Alderman
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First-year news reporter.
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Taylor Schmidt, Photographer
I'm a first-year photographer who enjoys spending time with my family, friends and sleeping in.

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