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Parade is a go, rain or shine

Del Oro students gear up for homecoming

Parade and game on Friday
By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Staff Writer
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Del Oro High School has been an eagle’s nest of activity as students prepare for the finale of a weeklong Homecoming 2008 celebration. The 2008 Homecoming theme is “Where the Magic Begins, The Lands of Disney.” Each class was given a different themed land from the Disney parks to use for their float and decorations. During the school day, the leadership classroom has been the hub of all Homecoming activities with black- and gold-clad students flitting in and out to various locations on campus to hang signs, conduct royalty elections, hand out beaded necklaces and sell dance tickets. The football teams all practice after school and from the band room emanates the sounds of the Mickey Mouse Club theme song as the marching band rehearses for their homecoming performances. The frenzy of Homecoming Week activities has carried over into the evenings as each class, from freshmen to seniors, builds floats, decorates the gym, and decorates a hallway. Student body president Katie Cook is feeling the pressure as she directs 13 committee chairs, who handle everything from royalty to rally. Junior Kelsey Seaman, 16, of Loomis, is in charge of the rally to be held on Friday at 12:30 p.m. “I want it to be good,” she said. Seaman said to do her job “you have to have an idea, a vision.” She said her duty is “to get the classes and whole school pumped up.” Senior Nicole Yoshikawa, 17, of Penryn, and sophomore Aspen Echelmeier, 16, of Auburn, are in charge of the parade that will begin at 3 p.m. on Friday. “It takes a lot of people to make the parade happen,” said Echelmeier. Yoshikawa said the parade always goes well, “but behind the scene there are problems you don’t see.” The girls said it takes great organization and communication to handle those “problems” and pull off a successful parade. Senior class president Kimberly Zilles, 17, of Loomis, has been overseeing her own set of committees and the seniors hope they make their mark. “This is our last time to do Homecoming. We really want to win the spirit jug,” she said. According to Bryn Bacharach, 15, of Newcastle, who is sophomore class president, her class just “wants to do well and beat the freshmen.” Sam Todhunter, 15, from Newcastle, is the new kid on the block. She’s president of the freshman class and is “worried about getting everything done.” Todhunter said the upperclassmen in leadership have been very helpful in providing the newcomers with help and advice. She thinks the freshmen never win anything during Homecoming, but said, “As long as I know we’re working our hardest that’s fine.” She expects this year to be a learning experience for the freshmen and next year they’ll be better. During the flurry of Homecoming Week the classes earn points for showing their school spirit by coming to work nights, dressing up on theme days and cheering loudly during rallies. Junior class president Emily Hentschke, 16, of Granite Bay, said her favorite part of the week is the gathering tonight in the gym after all of their work is done. “The classes do cheers and chants and then we come together for the fight song. The next morning, everyone gets to see what they created and feel proud,” she said. The Homecoming football game against Woodcreek will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31, and the dance will be held at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1, in the school gym.