Placer High ‘geeks-out’ for Homecoming

Spirit days, rallies and competitions scheduled
By: Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer
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Placer High School students looked as studious as ever Monday. Each class came dressed to impress for the first spirit day to jumpstart Homecoming Week festivities: Nerd Day. For Kaitlin Woytus and her friends from freshman English, this was the first opportunity to show some Hillmen pride. “It is my first homecoming spirit day and I want to show my spirit. I don’t want to be one of those lame people who say, ‘I’m too cool to dress up,’” Woytus said. “Those are the real nerds.” Freshman Kaylee Barry wasn’t too cool for school either. She sported a plaid ensemble and thick-rimmed glasses. So far, it looks like the upperclassmen may come out ahead in the spirit competition, according to Barry. “I think definitely the upper-class has a lot more than the freshman. A lot of the freshmen were too embarrassed,” Barry said. “Some people said they forgot because it’s Monday.” Freshmen Machaela Collins said she dressed up because she was eager to join her family’s legacy of spirit at Placer. “All of my older siblings went here and I just like showing school spirit,” Collins said. “I think it’s really fun.” Not as green to spirit day participation, but equally as decked out as the freshman, were juniors Cameron Rohde and Andrew Dahin. Rohde, who is the junior class secretary, has spent the last month working with the rest of student leadership to make homecoming a reality. She said she enjoys seeing quieter students dress up because it starts conversations. “It’s not the first time we’ve dressed like nerds,” Rohde said. “A lot of people dress up that you don’t expect to dress up.” Dahin said he is confident the junior class will win the spirit competition. Not if sophomore Ryan Kuchental has his way, though. Kuchental donned a wool suit, tie and taped glasses. “I’m more like a college nerd,” Kuchental said. “They are just fun. If you don’t go all out, it’s not fun. That’s why I go all out.” Kuchental said he is looking forward to the rest of the Homecoming activities and spirit days. The classes gathered to decorate their lawns before school Tuesday morning. Following that, seniors put on a pancake breakfast in honor of the Powder Puff Football game scheduled for 7 p.m., Tuesday. This year’s game is themed Lumberjacks versus Tree Huggers The various events culminate in the Homecoming football game against El Dorado, Friday night. Dan Luper, who owns Big O Tires in Auburn and is a former Placer High offensive lineman, plans on joining other alumni in the stands to cheer the green and gold to victory. Luper is also hosting a dinner for the football team, coaches, cheerleaders, parents and some alumni, Thursday night. On the menu are double cheeseburgers and chips. “I’m alumni and I’m just a big supporter of all Placer sports and also a little partial to the football team,” Luper said. “I go to every game. I’ve probably missed 10 away games in the past 10 years. You want to keep the spirit in the community.” Reach Sara Seyydin at