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Del Oro homecoming is whimsical departure from reality

Theme is float-ing fantasy
By: Chelsea Foster, Special to the Loomis News
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Del Oro High School’s homecoming celebration this year is a whimsical departure from reality. The theme for the weeklong celebration, which began Monday, is “Del Oro Escapes from Reality.” It all leads up to the homecoming football game Friday when the Golden Eagles host Woodcreek High. Activities revolve around the mythical and the fanciful, with class themes branching into different regions of imagination, including the seniors’ Dr. Seuss, juniors’ Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, sophomores’ Jurassic Park and freshmen’s Shrek. “This year’s theme is really broad … from dragons, unicorns, fairies, anything imaginary. It’s a challenge to get creative,” said senior Bryn Bacharach, Associated Student Body president. Haile Zieour, also a senior and ASB vice president, said the leadership class brainstormed to come up with the theme. “We wanted something different and new to stretch our skills and creativity, and something that everyone could get involved with,” Zieour said. Bacharach said she hopes this year’s colorful theme and activities make a lasting impression on behalf of the senior class of 2011. “Lots of the seniors’ goal is to do something memorable so people look back and remember our class,” Bacharach said. The leadership class organized the schedule for the week, including the parade, rally, dance and work nights. All week, 600 to 800 students have gathered to work on the fanciful floats and decorations that will transform the school halls into imaginary lands. Activities throughout homecoming week have included games during passing periods at the school and dress-up days. Monday was Crazy Day, when students put together the most eccentric ensembles they could imagine. Tuesday’s Cowboys vs. Indians was an easy theme for everyone to participate in. Wednesday, Get Unreal Day, was the time to bring out the fantasy costumes. Today is Class Color and Theme Day, when students are dressed up according to their grades’ themes. Friday closes the week with Black and Gold, with all the participating students decked out in school colors. According to Cherie Nixon, senior and head of this year’s homecoming committee, Black and Gold Day promises to have the biggest turnout. “Everybody has black and gold on throughout the week, but especially on Friday. Everyone really shows their school spirit,” Nixon said. It is the school spirit that makes homecoming fun for students and the community. Friday’s rally is open to the community, and Nixon said the gym is always packed with students and their parents. This year’s rally will include quirky games, dance performances by each class and a special surprise at the end. “You don’t know exactly what you’ll see, so the suspense is building,” Zieour said. “At the rally, each class will have characters, like mascots running around and getting the crowd worked up. (Dr. Seuss’s) Cat in the Hat will definitely be there.” Friday’s parade winds through downtown Loomis, where the classes will showcase their imaginary themes and floats in a procession including the Golden Eagle band, the cheerleading squad, the dance team and the homecoming royalty. “I love the parade because everyone can come and view it, and look back and remember their time in high school,” Bacharach said. The community is welcome to join the Del Oro students in their whimsical journey through the imaginary by viewing the rally, parade or football game. Terry Barker, student activities director at Del Oro, is confident that this year’s theme will be a hit with students and community members alike. “Who doesn’t need to escape from reality now and then?” Barker said. ------------------------ DEL ORO HIGH HOMECOMING Theme: “Del Oro Escapes from Reality” What: Rally at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, in Bonner Gym; Parade at 3 p.m. on Taylor Road to Blue Goose Fruit Shed; Varsity football game at 7:30 p.m. Dance: 8 to 11 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 6, in gym; students only. How much: Parade and rally open to the public, free. Dance tickets $13 stag with ASB card; $18 stag without ASB; $22 per couple with ASB; $27 per couple without ASB.