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High school’s haunted homecoming

By: Lauren Weber, The Placer Herald
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For Whitney High School, homecoming falls during one of the most haunted holidays of the year: Halloween. But in between ghosts, goblins, black cats and bats, their haunted homecoming plans to be frighteningly fun and full of school spirit. The student-run and designed weeklong activities include the traditional rally, dance, floats and games, but with spine-chilling twists. The Midnight Masquerade dance on Saturday night signifies the finale of homecoming events for the Wildcats this year. The dance will feature a mansion décor with “Phantom of the Opera” overtones, said Whitney High School ASB president Conor Carr. The first of the festivities began Monday with a Whitney High School new tradition of powder puff football, where the girls are the athletes and the guys act as cheerleaders. Each class has their own team and the annual game has become quite popular according to some students. Paige Mercer, senior class president, said she couldn’t wait for the powder puff game, this year playing for her senior team. “It’s a really big competition,” she said. Zak Graves, junior class president, said he will cheer the girls on at the powder puff game, showing his class spirit. “I think everybody is really kicking it up a notch this year,” Graves said. Sophomore president Victor Betancourt agreed. “Everyone is participating, everybody is pumped up,” he said. “We have a bigger population now, everyone’s excited.” Each class has their own theme for their float design: freshman with mummies, sophomore as zombies, juniors with Frankenstein and seniors as Dracula. Each float ties into the theme with a skit and unveiling at the homecoming parade after the junior varsity football game and before the varsity game Friday night against El Dorado High School. The week is all about school and class spirit – almost every activity offers spirit points, which get totaled at the end of the school year to reveal the most school spirited class. And homecoming week may be one of the most lucrative ways a class can earn points. Float points are given for creativity, detail, effort, theme, appearance and the skit. During the week, dress-up days could earn a class with double spirit points through dressing for Hollywood horror day, decades day, wildcat day and others. But it’s not just the students who participate in dress-up days – teachers can get creative too. Each class has a list of teachers; if a class can get 10 or more of the teachers on their team list to dress-up the class will receive double spirit points that day. Also part of the traditional homecoming events include the crowning of homecoming prince, princesses, king and queen during Wednesday night’s rally. Tomorrow night, Whitney High School’s spirit will be in full-force during their football games, homecoming parade and halftime show. The junior varsity game begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by the homecoming parade and the varsity football game at 7:30 p.m.