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Homecoming pride on the Hill

Costumes, contests, floats, football, dance highlights of the week
By: Bridget Jones, Journal Staff Writer
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Get ready to feel that Hillmen pride this week. Placer High School has a jam-packed Homecoming week scheduled with plenty of chances for fun and community spirit. Students have ample opportunity to dress up in creative and crazy costumes starting with Monday’s Toy Box theme. Participants can choose their attire based on their favorite toys, superheroes and games. On Tuesday each class is encouraged to wear its color. Freshmen are gold or yellow, sophomores are silver, juniors are purple and seniors are red and navy blue. Students should continue dressing up for Wednesday’s theme of Feather and Fur. Thursday’s overall theme is Vegas Hotels. The freshman theme is Stratosphere, sophomore is Treasure Island, junior is New York, New York and senior is Caesar’s Palace. On Friday students should wear their green and gold colors. Sophomore Class President Brandon Barry, 15, said there are several Homecoming week features he is looking forward to. “I’m most looking forward to our Vegas Hotel Day on Thursday, and our Green and Gold Rally on Friday should be a big hit, and I’m pretty excited for our floats between the games on Friday,” Barry said. “I think the biggest excitement for sophomores is Treasure Island as our Vegas hotel (theme) on Thursday. People are looking forward to that.” Activities throughout the week include an obstacle course, a barbecue, a Powder Puff/color rally, an eating contest, a chance to make unique outfits with feathers and fur, a nomination rally with class skits, an iron chef competition and more. Senior Hannah Peterson, 17, Associated Student Body president, said she hopes the entire school will get involved in Homecoming week. “There are all the lunch activities,” Peterson said. “We are asking for signups from non-ASB students. We are asking for kids around school to participate in those things.” A female football, or Powder Puff, game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday. Teams of senior girls will play the game. Senior boys will act as cheerleaders and Placer High football players will act as coaches. According to Jonathan Adams, Placer High activities director, about 175 seniors are signed up for this year’s Powder Puff game, and the school expects Le Febvre Stadium to be at least three-quarters of the way full. The freshman football game is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Le Febvre Stadium. A Homecoming rally Friday will include music from the alumni band. At lunchtime face painting and various food from local vendors will be available to students. On Friday the Homecoming court will be announced, the juniors, seniors and faculty will present skits and the winners of the class competition will be announced. The JV football game is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. Friday, followed by the varsity game at 7:30 p.m. Spectators can see the Homecoming king and queen crowned during the varsity game’s halftime. Both teams will be playing against Center High School at Le Febvre Stadium. Class floats, which are designed around each grade’s hotel theme, will be displayed between the football games Friday. The theme of Saturday’s Homecoming dance is Casino Royale. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the dance ends at 11 p.m. The evening will feature a disc jockey, light show, photo booth and casino game tables. Senior Haley Charles, 17, said she expects to see a lot of Barbie costumes during Monday’s Toy Box day, and she thinks having weeklong dress-up opportunities will be fun. “It’s like having Halloween for a week,” Charles said. Peterson said there are several parts of Homecoming week she is looking forward to. “Our rallies are always really exciting,” Peterson said. “They are decorated superbly. I think the dance is going to be a lot of fun this year. Our halftime show is spectacular. The band does a huge (performance).” Adams said Homecoming week is special not only to the school, but to the community of Auburn. Residents come out to watch the games and parents film the rallies. “There are so many kids that their parents graduated from Placer High School, their grandparents graduated from Placer High School,” Adams said. “So, there is a ton of history. It is nice, because it instills in the kids not only a lot of Placer pride, but just a lot of pride in their fellow students.” Reach Bridget Jones at bridgetj@goldcountrymedia.com