The late arrival of Late Start Live

The students at HHS are still wondering when Late Start Live will return after COVID-19

The Late Start Live sign continues to remain in the commons area, informing the students that it is starting back up soon. (A. Wiley)

The Late Start Live sign continues to remain in the commons area, informing the students that it is starting back up soon. (A. Wiley)

By Angel Wiley

Much of the population is ecstatic for the new, accessible Raider Way Cafe but are unaware of the many repercussions it has had on aspects of the commons area. Not only has it taken a toll on available space to sit during lunch, but it has also impacted one vital part of the culture at HHS: Late Start Live.

To upperclassmen, it was a revitalizing part of their morning and, for many who participated, an experience that exposed them to performing live outside of band and choir. Senior Michael Wright performed his freshman year and looks back on it fondly. 

“I think it went very well, but I think I could’ve done a lot better. Then again, it was freshman year, and I have improved a lot because I’ve been in choir since then,” Wright said. 

Due to the pandemic, no underclassmen and very few juniors have been able to experience Late Start Live. The current state of Late Start Live worsens due to the new placement of our school cafe. 

“Back in the day, I used to just bring out a microphone and plug it in and have it play through the PA during 2 Minute music. Then they didn’t want us in the commons, so they put us in the passing commons on the wall where the coffee shop is now,” said Mark Loewe, the founder of Late Start Live. 

According to Loewe, the stage will be moved to the right of the Raider Way Cafe in front of the doors to the courtyard because that area will be closed for the foreseeable future. 

Another issue is that many students have not been exposed to the performances, meaning there are fewer candidates who will want to participate. Loewe is especially concerned about this issue. 

“We need kids who can play an instrument, some who play in a band, can sing and showcase it. Of course, it won’t be every week because we have late start every week now, but we will randomly have a Late Start Live once it becomes situated,” Loewe said. 

Unfortunately, the position of Late Start Live is not ideal, but it is important to the culture and experiences of Huntley High School students. Even students who have not performed see the impact it has on performers. 

“The students who are up there playing, they’re getting the experience and learning what it’s like to play in front of a crowd,” senior Gavin Hogberg said.

Overall, the student population can volunteer for Late Start Live once it is up and running to contribute to the school’s culture. Students should know that there will be pressure as there always is, but this is the safest environment to test the waters. 

“If you have a passion for what you’re doing, just do it. Don’t hold back and just put your heart and soul into what you’re set on,” Wright said.