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Hillmen bursting with Homecoming pride

Placer sophomore predicts victory
By: Bridget Jones, Journal Staff Writer
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Get ready to cheer for your Placer High Hillmen. The classes geared up for Homecoming Thursday with a royal court Nomination Rally and Iron Chef Challenge lunchtime activity. Representatives from each grade turned out to cook three-course meals that each had to involve a secret ingredient: chocolate. Each team had about 20 minutes to finish its creations. Senior Celeste Havener, 17, said she participated in the contest for several reasons. “It’s always good to get the senior class points,” Havener said. “I kind of like cooking. Even if I don’t cook well, it’s still fun to cook with my friends.” The seniors were victorious with their chocolate French toast with strawberries, crepes and beans and chicken with chocolate sauce. The juniors and sophomores tied for second place, and the freshmen came in third. The campus community is pumped about the opportunity to show off its spirit at football games tonight. The junior varsity game is scheduled for 5:15 p.m., and the varsity game for 7:30 p.m. Both teams will be playing against Center High School at Placer High’s Le Febvre Stadium. During the varsity halftime show spectators can see performances by the band, dance and cheer teams along with the crowning of the royal court. Float displays have been canceled due to the expected bad weather, according to Hannah Peterson, Associated Student Body president. “It’s going to be a fun game to watch,” Peterson said. “We hand-picked Center for our game, so apparently it’s going to be a good game.” Placer High Principal Peter Efstathiu said he is looking forward to seeing the students’ pride in their Homecoming accomplishments. “I’m looking forward to having a lot of fun, watching the kids having a lot of fun – hopefully a win,” Efstathiu said. “And (I’m) just hoping the kids enjoy all the hard work they have put into this week.” Although rain is likely tonight, the majority of the storm could hold out until late evening, according to Angus Barkhuff of the National Weather Service in Sacramento. “It’s going to be touch and go,” Barkhuff said. “(Your game time) is right on the edge of when the weather might be moving in. The later on in the evening and overnight, the more chance of rain.” Sophomore Connor Rubio, 15, said he has little doubt about the outcome of the games. “I’m excited to beat Center,” Rubio said. “Our varsity is really good, and has a really good chance. So is our JV.” Although Havener is nominated for the royal court, she said she wouldn’t mind just watching the game. “I think the game is always fun,” Havener said. “This year I’m nominated for Homecoming queen. I’m just always hoping I can enjoy the game and not wear a dress.” Junior Derek Ikeda, 16, said he is looking forward to the school spirit that Homecoming brings and hopes all Hillmen will feel included. Junior Lara Albrecht, 16, said she thinks Placer High definitely needs to win the football games. “It’s pretty exciting,” Albrecht said. “I’m hoping we do really well considering we lost to Colfax last week, and that was pretty depressing.” The Casino Royale-themed Homecoming dance is scheduled for 8-11 p.m. Saturday. Students can expect a disc jockey, light show, photo booth, and black jack and poker tables. Digital photos will be available at the photo booth for students to immediately upload to the Internet. Placer High will wrap up its daytime Homecoming activities today with a Homecoming Rally, face painting and a variety of local food vendors at lunchtime. Junior Rachel Church, 16, said she has enjoyed the week. “I just love all the spirit and getting dressed up,” Church said. “It’s just so much fun seeing everyone in the activities. I would like to see the juniors win Homecoming week this year.” Reach Bridget Jones at bridgetj@goldcountrymedia.com ------------------------------------------------------ Placer High Homecoming football games Where: Placer High School Le Febvre Stadium When: JV game 5:15 p.m., varsity game 7:30 p.m. Dance When: 8-11 p.m. Saturday ---------------------------------------------------- Royal Court nominees Seniors – Queen: Rachel Starelli, Karly Kenworthy, Danielle Kenoyer, Nicole Tagge, Marty Nobles, Sarah Francis, Celeste Havener, Riley Stoltenburg, Emily Jones, SeaAnna Fichtner, Angela Archer. King: Patrick Nevin, Cody Barger, Caleb Mitchell, Connor Gray, Steven Cox, Noah Stedman, Omar Rayes, Billy Classon, Darren Centi, Collin Burnett. Juniors – Queen: Emily Martin, Ashley Noder, Nicole Parrish. King: Kyle Wells, Jake Callahan, Will Slane. Sophomores – Queen: Brooke Stufflebean, Bailey Swender, Ruth Braica. King: Isaiah Pinero, Jalen Lewis, Glen Butler. Freshman – Queen: Becky Mathews, Meghan Tucker, Sara Weiler. King: Nathan Durham, Todd Valliere, Wyatt Aubuchon.